Daily news is information about recent events and people, usually based on sources like newspapers. It can include articles on political issues and personalities, business and finance, crime and weather, health and medicine, science and computers, sports, entertainment and society.
There are a wide range of newspapers published in different countries and languages. Some are devoted to specific groups of readers, such as certain immigrant populations or the local gay community; others are general-interest and serve a wider readership. There are also specialist weekly newspapers that may serve a particular group within a city or region, such as a paper for people who enjoy indie rock music or one for people who are interested in the local history of a place.
Newspapers are printed in a variety of sizes and formats, from broadsheets to tabloids. Broadsheets are typically 600 mm x 380 mm (23+1/2 in x 15 in), while tabloids are smaller at 300 mm x 380 mm (15 in x 15 in). In the United States and some other Commonwealth countries, tabloids are less common than broadsheets, while in Britain they are often referred to as “compact” or “broadsheet-style”.
Some newspapers have special editions on Sundays. These can be a repackaged version of the newspaper’s weekday edition or an entirely separate product; for example, The Times and The Sunday Times are distinct newspapers owned by the same company.
There is a strong tendency for newspapers to publish the same news stories in different ways, and for some to provide additional, more interesting material on particular topics or in certain sections, in order to attract and retain readers. This can include articles on controversial topics, or a more balanced approach to a story.
For example, a conservative-leaning newspaper might present a story on a drug company’s pricing reform efforts in the form of an editorial rather than a single article. In this way, it can be easier for the paper to attract readers who might otherwise have turned to a more liberal publication, and thus improve its circulation.
The most popular newspapers are those that achieve high market penetration in a given area, meaning that they reach a significant percentage of the average household population in the area where they publish. For instance, in the 1920s, national daily newspapers had a market penetration of 123 percent; this dropped to 53 percent by 2000 and is still falling.
While newspapers have fallen in popularity, their status as a major source of news has not diminished. A growing number of newspaper websites make them available online, where they can be accessed by anyone with an Internet connection and access to a computer or laptop.
In addition, many newspapers also produce e-editions, which are similar to their print counterparts except that they are delivered electronically. These e-editions can be read online or downloaded to a mobile device.
In the United States, many newspapers have a web presence, with their own websites and often social media accounts as well. These web presences can be useful to those who are not able to subscribe to the print versions of their papers, but want to stay abreast of their local news. They can also be useful for journalists who need to communicate with their local audience.