What is a Newspaper?

The United States Newspaper Project defined a newspaper as having the following attributes:

1. A serial publication designed to be a primary source of written information on current events connected with public affairs, either local, national, and/or international in scope. It contains a broad range of news on all subjects and activities and is not limited to any specific subject matter.

2. Newspapers are intended for the general public. The general public may be further qualified and/or limited by 1) geographic location, e.g. local community; and/or 2) ethnic, cultural, racial, political or national group.

3. A newspaper usually has the following characteristics: it is originally printed on newsprint; it does not have a cover; it has a masthead; and it has a format of not less than four columns per page.

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