A daily newspaper is a publication that contains a variety of articles about current events, typically on a local or regional basis. It can also be a national or international publication. The articles are generally written by journalists who may or may not have subject matter expertise and are designed to appeal to a general audience without the need for prior knowledge. Frequently, the authors are not named; instead the articles are referenced by name of the wire service that provided them or by a reference to an editor-in-chief or editorial board. Occasionally, the names of letter writers are also included in the work. Frequency: Newspapers can be published daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly and are usually printed on paper. They can be black and white or have color inserts. Articles in a newspaper are normally arranged according to their significance with the most important items appearing on the front page or within the first sections of the newspaper. Advertisements are often included in the newspapers and may be full or half pages, in addition to special inserts.
A typical daily news item starts with a headline which is meant to grab the reader’s attention and provide a short summary of the story. The headline should be catchy, evoking emotion or generating curiosity. The rest of the article is then a series of short paragraphs that each provides more details about the news event. These paragraphs should begin with the most important information and then move down in importance, allowing readers to read more and more detail as they continue down the page.
The newspaper’s content is edited, written and illustrated by its staff or acquired from various sources such as wire services or other newspapers. The newspapers may also include opinion pieces or letters to the editor. Often, the papers will be presented in a layout that is easy to read with columns of news items that contain a lot of text. This may be a traditional printed newspaper or a digital edition that is accessible on computers and mobile devices.
The Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college daily and is published every weekday during the academic year. It has been financially and editorially independent since its founding in 1878. The News’ alumni have gone on to prominent careers in journalism, public service and politics, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Sargent Shriver, Garry Trudeau and Jacob Weisberg. The newspaper’s archives are available for researchers at the Yale University Library. For permission to reproduce the newspaper’s content, please see the YDN Rights and Permissions site. The Yale Daily News Archive is funded by an anonymous gift from a student. This generous contribution ensures that the newspaper’s rich legacy will be preserved for future generations. The Archive is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and scholars studying media history.