One Place We Get Our News:
Current Events Medium
Current Events = History
have been around a long time: before
computers, the internet, television, and radio.
are cheap to make & an easy way to get the
information to the people.
are protected by the U.S. First Amendment:
guarantees freedom of the press.
are not the dominate medium for news. What do
you think is the main way people get their news?
What are some features?
Newspapers are printed on paper and
easy to carry.
The design, use of color, and detailed
coverage of news and current events
make newspapers popular.
There are over 1,600 daily newspapers in
the U.S. That means each one publishes a
new edition every 24 hours.
Who makes the newspaper?
Reporters: these are the people who write the
paper. They ask the important questions of who,
what, where, when, why and how.
Editors: the reporters answer to these people.
They assign stories, make sure everyone makes
the deadline, and decide what gets put into the
Copy Desk: even more editors here check for
spelling errors, punctuation errors, and gaps in
the stories. They write the headlines and get the
paper into its electronic format for printing.
Other things in the newspaper
Editorial pages: the information on these
pages is not news but someone else’s
opinion. Sometimes based on facts and
Ads: advertising revenue ($) helps keep
newspapers in business. There are
different kinds of ads, but if you added
them all together they would make up
almost 60% of the whole paper.
Newspapers, Advertising, and
How do we get the newspaper?
It’s printed: the production division of the
newspaper prints the final product on newsprint
using off-set presses and ink.
It’s delivered: the distribution division of the
newspaper makes sure it gets delivered to you.
They might have up to four different editions
being delivered in the newspaper’s circulation
area. It is delivered on trucks to gas stations,
news-stands, and carriers.
You pay for it: the newspaper makes $ when you
have a subscription (you get it delivered) or you
buy it somewhere.
A large number of people & several different
departments are involved in creating a
newspaper. Name one?
It takes approximately 18 hours to create a
newspaper from start to finish. Why?
For a daily newspaper that means running
at full capacity 365 days a year.