A daily newspaper is a publication that features a mix of news, politics, culture, business, sports and other local and national events. It may be printed in black and white or color and includes editorial cartoons, Op-Ed commentaries, photographs, and a variety of other graphics. The goal of a newspaper is to inform, educate and entertain readers by reporting facts and opinions on current events. A newspaper also serves to inform citizens of the activities of a government and the actions of its officials.
Some newspapers focus on a particular geographic area and write news that appeals to the customs and culture of a community. This is known as regional news. Other newspapers are written on a national level, with the main focus of their articles touching on political issues and projects of the nation. There are also other types of news papers that provide general information such as economics, agriculture, gossip and rumors, obituaries, etc.
Whether written by journalists or regular staff, the headlines of a newspaper should be short and catchy. They are the first thing that draws in readers and should be based on the most relevant information. The headline should include the name of the article, a brief summary of its content and be punctuated using Associated Press style guidelines. The byline is usually the writer’s name and should be written at the top of the article.
In the 1920s the New York Daily News became the first successful tabloid in the United States and enticed readers with sensational stories of crime, scandal and violence and lurid photographs. It also emphasized social intrigue such as the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. Its editorial stance was conservative populism.
The art of illustrating and presenting news articles with photographs, graphs and sketches is called graphic design. The use of these visuals enhances the reader’s experience with the news story and increases the likelihood that it will be read in full. Photographs were introduced into newspapers in 1880 and were quickly followed by illustrations.
In addition to the printed version, there are numerous online sources of news. Many of these are aggregators that pull in multiple sources of news such as newspapers, radio and television transcripts, wire services and blogs. Others provide archival news, such as LexisNexis Academic and Proquest Historical Newspapers. These sites are free for most users but require a subscription to access the full text of the news. There are also several websites that feature a combination of curated and original news, such as Google News and Yahoo News. In addition, many newspaper websites have their own mobile apps for reading the news on the go. This is especially useful for busy people.