A newspaper is a publication with the main purpose of reporting on current events locally, nationally or internationally. It is usually published on a daily basis and can be read in print or online. News articles are written by journalists who may or may not have subject expertise and they are generally designed for a general audience without any previous knowledge of the subject matter.
A journalist should aim to report the facts of a story in a clear and concise manner, avoid editorializing or sensationalizing it. They should also strive to provide multiple perspectives and viewpoints on a subject. In order to ensure that their article is accurate and fair, a journalist should always check their sources before publishing any information. They should also verify facts with public officials and government agencies.
There are two main types of newspapers – broadsheet and tabloid. Each one has its own style and focus. For example, broadsheets tend to give more attention to news that touch on political issues, legislative bills and economics while tabloids give more emphasis to celebrity gossip and sensational crime.
The history of newspapers dates back to when printing was first invented. Originally, they were texts only but as technology advanced, it became possible to add pictures and illustrations to them. Newspapers have since evolved into various forms and have been made available in different languages. Nowadays, they are widely available on the internet and can be accessed from smartphones, tablets and computers.
Despite the rapid growth of the digital media, the printed version of a newspaper continues to be an important source of news and information. As a result, many people still prefer reading a printed newspaper rather than online versions. There are several reasons for this. The main reason is the comfort of holding a physical copy in their hand and the sense of security that comes with it. Moreover, the digital copies are not always as accurate as the printed ones and can contain errors.
Photographs are a vital part of a newspaper and they have been an integral part of a newspaper since the early days of photography. Prior to photography, sketches were used to represent scenes from news stories. Currently, most major newspapers have photographs and images in their stories.
Newspapers often have a wide range of sections including local, national and international news, sports, entertainment and classified ads. They are also likely to have comics, an opinion section and a feature section. Usually, newspaper editors are the authors of the articles in the news section but if they are not, they will attribute them to the wire services.
Yale’s oldest college newspaper, the Daily News, was founded on January 28, 1878. The News is financially and editorially independent from the University, publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year and produces several special editions throughout the year, including a Yale-Harvard game day issue, Commencement issue and the first-year issue. The News also houses the Daily News Historical Archive, which has been supported in part by a gift from an anonymous Yale alumnus.