Daily news is information about the current events occurring in the world. This information can be in the form of news stories or editorials, and may also include photographs or other visual media. The information is normally presented in a newspaper. Newspapers are often published daily or weekly, and can be found in print or online. Some are specialized and cover specific industries such as sports, business, politics, science, or society. Others are general-interest and provide national and international news. A newspaper is usually edited and published by a staff of journalists. The person in charge of the newspaper is called the editor, or editor-in-chief. The editorial staff is typically organized into various divisions, each of which is supervised by a senior editor. Depending on the size of the newspaper, some editors may have overall responsibility for all areas while others focus on particular topics such as politics or crime.
In early modern Europe, the growing interaction between cities created a need for rapid, concise, handwritten reports of political and military events and economic developments. These were the ancestors of today’s newspapers. In 1556, the government of Venice first published notizie scritte (notices written) costing one gazetta, a small coin, to convey political news quickly and efficiently to city residents. This format became the model for later printed newspapers, which had to meet certain criteria to be considered a true newspaper.
Throughout the twentieth century, many of the most famous newspapers were founded by publishers who embraced social ideals that had not yet gained widespread currency in the public consciousness. These include the socialist ideals that Charles Dickens promoted in his newspaper, The Daily News, and the pacifist ideas of George Cadbury, the owner of The Daily Telegraph from 1901 until its merger with The Morning Leader in 1912.
The most important function of a newspaper is to communicate a range of news and opinions to its readership. Opinions are typically expressed in the editorial and letters to the editor sections, while factual reporting is provided in the news and feature articles. Newspapers can also be criticized for their bias or lack of objectivity, and attempts to improve this have included the introduction of ombudsmen, ethical standards training, more stringent correction policies, and greater transparency about editing processes and decisions.
Historically, the largest and most influential daily newspapers have been those that are published in major urban centres. This is because they have the greatest potential to reach a large and diverse audience, and can be printed more cheaply than regional or local papers. This has been partly offset by the growth of online newspapers, which can be published for free or a very low cost and be read by anyone with Internet access. The Internet has increased the number of people able to get their daily news, although there are still populations without access to it, such as homeless people and those living in remote or rural areas.