A daily newspaper is a periodical publication that contains news and opinions on current events. It can be printed in a broadsheet or tabloid format and may contain information from local, national or international sources. Its main purpose is to inform its readers about important current events and issues in a manner that is clear, concise and impartial. A newspaper may be written for the general public, or for a specific audience such as business people or sports enthusiasts. It can be published on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Newspapers are usually divided into sections for world, national and local news; sports; editorials; and opinions on topical issues by guest writers known as columnists. Many newspapers have a special section for classified advertisements. The newspaper’s editorial stance, and its bias, is usually indicated by the title of the editorial page.
Unlike most magazines, which publish articles for general readership, newspapers are designed to reach a specific audience and often target an age group or geographic area. Several types of newspapers exist, such as city or regional newspapers; national and international papers, with special focus on politics, business, culture and religion; and weekly or monthly specialty publications for niche audiences such as gays, business people or indie rock fans.
There are also a number of online newspapers. These vary in their approach, but most use aggregation of content from other sources (for example Google news and Yahoo News) or provide links to stories on the sites of individual newspapers. Many of these are free, but some charge a subscription to view the full content or limit access to selected articles.
Some newspaper websites include blogs and forums for discussion of the news. They are also increasingly incorporating social media components, allowing users to share and comment on news stories with others. In addition, a growing number of print and online newspapers have their own television and radio shows.
In the United States, the most widely circulated newspaper is The New York Daily News, founded in 1919 and regarded as the first U.S. daily newspaper to be printed in a tabloid format. It is currently owned by tronc, the publishing operations of Tribune Company, and is based at 4 New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan. The paper has a long history of Republican bias, but has become more moderate-to-liberal in recent years. It is frequently contrasted with the more right-wing New York Post.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive is a project of the Yale University Library in cooperation with the New Haven Register. It includes digitized copies of the Daily News from 1996 to the present, and has been made possible by an anonymous donation from a Yale alumnus. The Archive can be accessed on the Yale Digital Commons. The archive is a member of the HathiTrust, the largest collection of scholarly research materials in the world. For more information, including a complete table of contents for each issue, please see the Archive website.