How to Cite a Newspaper Article in APA

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Newspapers can be an excellent source of information, as they are published daily and can illustrate emerging events in specific communities. This guide covers how to cite a newspaper according to APA 7.

Newspaper: A daily or weekly publication that contains news; often featuring articles on political events, crime, business, art, entertainment, society, and sports.


Guide Overview

This guide includes the following sections:


How to cite a newspaper article in print

Reference Page
Structure

Author last name, F.M. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Newspaper Title, p./pp. xx-xx.

Example

Bowman, L. (1990, March 7). Bills target Lake Erie mussels. Pittsburgh Press, p. A4.

In-text citation structures:

(Author last name, Year published)

Author last name (Year published)

In-text citation examples

(Bowman, 1990)

Bowman (1990)

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Note: If the article is printed on discontinuous pages, list all of the page numbers/ranges and separate them with a comma. (e.g., pp. C2, C4, C7-9.)


How to cite a newspaper article found online

Reference Page
Structure

Author last name, F.M. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Newspaper Title. URL

Example

Kaplan, K. (2013, October 22). Flu shots may reduce risk of heart attacks, strokes and even death. Los Angeles Times. https://www.latimes.com

In-text citation structure:

(Author last name, Year published)

Author last name (Year published)

In-text citation examples:

(Kaplan, 2013)

Kaplan (2013)

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When you use a bibliography tool like EasyBib to help you with your citations, make sure you are citing a newspaper article – not a website!

 


How to cite a newspaper article with two authors

Reference Page
Structure

Author last name, F.M., & Author last name, F. M. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Newspaper Title. URL

Example

Hermann, P., & Brice-Saddler, M. (2022, February 21). Bowser’s crime fighting effort is shifting its structure. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/02/21/crime-shootings-prevention-washington/

In-text citation structure:

(Author last name, Year published)

Author last name (Year published)

In-text citation examples:

(Hermann & Brice-Saddler, 2022)

Hermann and Brice-Saddler (2022)


How to cite a newspaper article with three or more authors

Reference Page
Structure

Author last name, F.M., Author last name, F. M., & Author last name, F. M. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Newspaper Title. URL

Example

Dixon, R., Sonne, P., and Nakashima, E. (2022, February 21). White House stops short of announcing full sanctions. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/02/21/ukraine-russia-putin-biden/

In-text citation structure:

(Author last name, Year published)

Author last name (Year published)

In-text citation examples:

(Dixon et al., 2022)

Dixon et al. (2022)


Updated November 3, 2020.

 


What you need

To cite a newspaper article in APA format, you should have the following information:

  • Author.
  • (Year, Month day).
  • Article title (in sentence case).
  • Newspaper Name.
  • URL

Troubleshooting

Solution #1: What to include in the citation information

  • You do not need to include retrieval information (e.g., date of access) in APA citations for electronic resources.
  • If you found a newspaper article through an online database (e.g., EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete), you do not need to include that information in the citation, either.
  • If a URL runs across multiple lines of text in the citation, break the URL off before punctuation (e.g., periods, forward slashes) – except https://.

Solution #2: Online newspaper article vs. Online news site article

If you’re citing an online article, first determine if you are citing an article from a newspaper OR an article from a news site. APA style has a slightly different format for each.

The rest of this guide gives reference structures and examples for newspaper articles.

 

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How do I cite a newspaper article in APA style?

To cite a newspaper in APA style, you need to have basic information including the author name, article title, newspaper title, date of publication, and page numbers. The templates for in-text citation and reference list entry of a newspaper and examples are given below:

In-text citation template and example:

Narrative:

Author Surname (Publication Year, Page Number)

Canton (2021, p. A1)

Parenthetical:

(Author Surname, Publication Year, Page Number)

(Canton, 2021, p. A1)

Reference list entry template and example:

Surname, F. M. (Date of publication). Title of the article. Title of the Newspaper, Page numbers.

Canton. N. (2021, August 5). Covid-19: India to be removed from UK ‘Red’ travel list on August 8. The Times of India, A1.

Give the exact date of publication of the news in Year, Month Day format. The newspaper title is italicized. The title of the articles is set in sentence case; however, capitalize the first word after a colon.

How do I cite an online newspaper article in APA?

To cite an online newspaper in APA style, you need to have basic information including the author name, article title, newspaper title, date of publication, and URL. The templates for in-text citations and a reference list entry of an online newspaper and examples are given below:

In-text citation template and example:

Narrative:

Author Surname (Year)

Belluck (2021)

Parenthetical:

(Author Surname, Year)

(Belluck, 2021)

Reference list entry template and example:

Surname, F. M. (Date of publication). Title of the article. Title of the Newspaper. URL

Belluck, P. (2021, August 8). ‘This is really scary’: Kids struggle with long covid. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/08/health/long-covid-kids.html?searchResultPosition=3

Give the exact date of publication of the news in Year, Month Day format. The newspaper title is italicized. The title of the articles is set in sentence case; however, capitalize the first word after a colon.