Recognizing Various Types of Newspapers

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Instructor: Beth Hendricks

Beth holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, and has worked in journalism and marketing throughout her career.

From coast to coast, various newspapers connect readers with what they need to know. In this lesson, you'll learn more about dailies, weeklies, and other common types of newspaper publications.

Visiting a News Stand

Tara loves to visit the big newsstand on the corner across from her office. Not only does it have a quaint coffee shop inside, but it boasts a wide range of newspapers from all across the country. Tara is able to check out news from her hometown of Chicago, read national stories in The New York Times, and catch up on arts and cultural events for the weekend in the small, but informative alt-weeklies.

As you can see, no two newspapers are alike. Publications from coast to coast vary not only in their reach and frequency but in the content that they cover. These characteristics set them apart and provide value to their readers. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the different types of newspapers commonly available to readers.

The types of newspapers in this country are as varied as the types of people who read them. Whether it's a national news story, a suburban Christmas party, or articles of interest to the Spanish-speaking community, there is a newspaper out there that fits. Here are some of the more common newspaper types.

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Dailies and Weeklies

National Dailies

National dailies, newspapers that are published each day or at least every weekday, cover a wide range of news topics. Generally, they have a predominant focus on national news, but they do incorporate news from cities across the country. National newspapers also hone in on international news, business news, and a lesser amount of entertainment news. Popular national dailies include USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Readership of national dailies is varied, drawing readers and subscribers from across the country. However, it has continued to decline in recent years.

Metropolitan Dailies

Metropolitan dailies are published with the same frequency as national dailies but are built with news articles and ads from local and regional areas. These newspapers will have a page or even a section devoted to national news, but they focus their content more on local government, lifestyles, entertainment, and sports. Readers may refer to a metropolitan daily as their ''local'' or ''hometown'' newspaper. Readership and subscriptions are typically confined to the direct geographic areas. Common metro dailies include The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Dallas Morning News.

Many metropolitan dailies will also have zoned editions of their newspaper, which include even more focused local news and sports from the suburbs or communities surrounding large cities.

Suburban and Small Town Dailies

Suburban and small town dailies are newspapers printed in and covering the news of small towns. Large metropolitan dailies don't have the staff to cover the local Fourth of July parade in a small town, so small town newspapers fill the void. Crawfordsville, Indiana, is a great example of a small town daily. In fact, they have two: The Paper of Montgomery County and Journal Review.

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