Newspaper of record
A newspaper of record is a major newspaper that has a large circulation and whose editorial and news-gathering functions are considered professional and typically authoritative. A newspaper of record may also be a publicly available newspaper that has been authorised or maintained by a government to publish public or legal notices, and therefore serves as a "newspaper of public record".
Newspapers of public record
A "newspaper of public record", sometimes referred to as an "official newspaper", refers to a publicly available newspaper that has been authorised by a government to publish public or legal notices. It is often established by statute or official action and publication of notices within it, whether by the government or a private party, is usually considered sufficient to comply with legal requirements for public notice.
In some jurisdictions, privately owned newspapers may register with the public authorities to publish public and legal notices, or be otherwise eligible to publish said notices (terms used may include "newspaper of general circulation" among others). Likewise, a private newspaper may be designated by the courts for publication of legal notices, such as notices of fictitious business names. These are sometimes referred to as "legally adjudicated newspapers".
A variation of newspapers of public record are those newspapers controlled by governments or political parties that serve as official newspapers reflecting the positions of their controlling bodies. State organs such as the Soviet-era Izvestia (the name of which translates to "delivered messages", derived from the verb izveshchat which means "to inform", "to notify") and the People's Daily in China are examples of this type.
Newspapers of record (by reputation)
The second type of "newspaper of record" (also known as a "journal of record", or by the French term presse de référence) is not defined by any formal criteria and its characteristics can be variable. The category typically consists of those newspapers that are considered to meet higher standards of journalism than most print media, including editorial independence and attention to accuracy, and are usually renowned internationally. Despite changes in society, such newspapers have historically tended to maintain a similar tone, coverage, style, and traditions.
Origin of the term
The term is believed to have originated among librarians, who began referring to The New York Times as the "newspaper of record" when, in 1913, it became the first U.S. newspaper to publish an index of the subjects covered in its pages. In recognition of the usage, the Times held an essay contest in 1927 in which entrants had to demonstrate "The Value of The New York Times Index and Files as a Newspaper of Record". The Times, and other newspapers of its type, then sought to be chroniclers of events, acting as a record of the day's announcements, schedules, directories, proceedings, transcripts and appointments. The Times no longer considers itself a newspaper of record in the original, literal sense.
Over time, historians began to rely on The New York Times and similar titles as a reliable archival record of significant past events and a gauge of societal opinions at the time of printing. The term "newspaper of record" thus evolved from its original literal sense to its currently understood meaning.
|Country||Newspaper||City of publication||Founded||Language||Source(s)|
|Argentina||La Nación||Buenos Aires||1870||Spanish|||
|The Sydney Morning Herald||Sydney||1831||English|||
Staff split in 1864 to form Neue Freie Presse, aryanized by the Nazis in 1938 and closed in 1939, reestablished as Die Presse in 1946
|Bangladesh||—||The Daily Star||Dhaka||1991||English|||
Incorporated in 1914, but publication delayed due to the First World War.
|Bolivia||—||El Diario||La Paz||1904||Spanish|||
|Brazil||O Estado de S. Paulo||São Paulo||1875||Portuguese|||
|Folha de S.Paulo||São Paulo||1921||Portuguese|||
|O Globo||Rio de Janeiro||1925||Portuguese|||
|The Globe and Mail||Toronto||1844
Successor to The Globe (founded 1844), The Toronto Mail (1872) and Toronto Empire (1887); papers merged in 1895 and 1936
Spun off from El Mercurio de Valparaíso (founded 1827)
Le Figaro is France's oldest national newspaper still operating to this date.
Founded as a successor to the discredited collaborationist Le Temps (founded 1861).
|Germany||Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung||Frankfurt||1949
Considered a successor to the Frankfurter Zeitung (founded 1856), banned in 1943 by the Nazis
|Hong Kong||South China Morning Post||Hong Kong||1903||English|||
|The Times of India||Mumbai||1838
Named The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce until mergers in 1860–1.
|Ireland||The Irish Times||Dublin||1859||English|||
|Israel||Haaretz||Tel Aviv||1919||Hebrew and English|||
|Italy||Corriere della Sera||Milan||1876||Italian|||
Originated as the Swahili Taifa in 1958.
|Malaysia||New Straits Times||Kuala Lumpur||1965
Spun off from The Straits Times (founded 1845) upon Singapore's independence.
Merger of Algemeen Handelsblad (founded 1828) and Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant (1844).
|New Zealand||The New Zealand Herald||Auckland||1863||English|||
|The Press||Christchurch||1861||English|||
|North Korea||Rodong Sinmun||Pyongyang||1945||Korean|||
|Philippines||Philippine Daily Inquirer||Manila||1985||English|||
|Portugal||Diário de Notícias||Lisbon||1864||Portuguese|||
|Singapore||The Straits Times||Singapore||1845||English|||
|South Korea||Chosun Ilbo||Seoul||1920
Suspended between 1940 and 1945 by the Japanese imperial authorities.
|Soviet Union, Russia||Izvestia||Moscow||1917||Russian|||
|Switzerland||Neue Zürcher Zeitung||Zurich||1780||German|||
Merger of Journal de Genève (founded 1826), Gazette de Lausanne (1798), and Nouveau Quotidien (1991).
|United Kingdom||The Daily Telegraph||London||1855||English|||
Named The Daily Universal Register until 1788.
|United States||The New York Times||New York City||1851||English|||
|The Washington Post||Washington, D.C.||1877||English|||
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The New York Times and the People's Daily were chosen because of their status as their respective countries' "newspaper of record." In the case of the People's Daily, it is the official newspaper of record.
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With a circulation over three million the People's Daily is the official newspaper of China's Communist Party. It is the newspaper of record for state socialism in China.
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On Tuesday the People's Daily, the Communist Party's newspaper of record, published a front-page article and a strongly worded editorial
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People's Daily (Ren Min Ri Bao): Chinese newspaper of record, 1946-present.
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Among the venues that published philosophically charged writings... during the heat of the GPCR were Renmin Ribao (People's Daily, the newspaper of record that continues to be so today)
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In spite of the readership crisis in the United States, The New York Times is a newspaper of record in many countries, as is Le Monde in France or La Nación in Argentina.
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It is the...country's newspaper of record. O Estado is sometimes called the "New York Times of Latin America” because of its grave editorial demeanour.
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The statement, published on Tuesday by O Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil`s newspaper of record, was datelined in Fortaleza, a mid-sized city in northeastern Brazil.
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[T]he Toronto-based Globe and Mail has had the kind of success in Canada that the New York Times had enjoyed in the U.S., as the leading 'newspaper of record' with a national readership.
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This essay interrogates representations of Afghan women in the Globe and Mail, Canada's major English-language daily and newspaper of record.
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- Middle East Institute, 1950, p. 155.|quote=Al Ahram is... what The Times is to Englishmen and the New York Times to Americans
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This is significant because the state-run Al Ahram is considered the paper of record in Egypt
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... one of the great newspapers of France and of the world.
- "Le Monde, whose print edition comes out around lunchtime, was launched at the end of Nazi occupation of France in 1944 and took on the role of France's newspaper of record alongside the more conservative Le Figaro." - France's Le Monde newspaper editor quits after power struggle with staff, Reuters, 14 May 2014
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... one of the most important and widely respected newspapers in the world.
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Le Monde - respected national daily, considered to be France's newspaper of record
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The clippings are from the South China Morning Post, the paper of record in Hong Kong
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Today, the Irish Times is one of Ireland's most authoritative journals – the newspaper of record for political and intellectual elites from Mayo to Monkstown. Mark O'Brien provides a detailed and colourful account of this transformation. His history of the Irish Times is also the story of modern Ireland: it tracks the newspaper's sceptical response to the emergence of the Free State in 1922 and the declaration of the Republic in 1949; it also examines its fractious relationship with the nation's governments and political figureheads from Eamon de Valera (whom the paper repeatedly compared to Hitler) to Bertie Ahern.
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In the past few months, Haaretz, Israel's paper of record, has run a series of articles expressing misgivings about outside influence.
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Recent polling, alongside articles in both the New York Times and the Israeli paper of record, Ha'aretz, indicate that the American Jewish community no longer feels represented by our so-called representatives - if we ever did.
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In late January, the declaration ran as an ad in Ha'aretz, the national paper of record...
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... it appears with its rival on most experts’ lists of the world’s greatest newspapers.
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Kenya's newspaper of record, the Daily Nation, published a banner headline "Never Again" over an editorial with a sharp, eloquent warning
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NRC Handelsblad is a serious newspaper of record; as is De Volkskrant, which is read by many students.
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Left leaning, Danas has become the independent daily of record in Serbia ...
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... wrote a commentary in the Jan. 26 issue of Politika, the Serbian newspaper of record and the oldest daily in the Balkans.
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The Chosunilbo "has a history of 90 years, has been the most dominant, and influential paper of all time in Korea. It is the No.1 newspaper company in Korea with more than 1.8 million circulation, firmly holding the largest market possession. The paper is recognized Asianwide, where there are many readers in Japan and China.”
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Paper of record Dagens Nyheter gave limited coverage, on the paper's website.
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Dagens Nyheter, Sweden's paper of record.
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... generally accounted, with The Times and The Guardian, as one of Britain’s “big three” quality newspapers.
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It is generally accounted, with The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, one of Britain’s “big three” and has long been recognized as one of the world’s greatest newspapers.
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... long the newspaper of record in the United States and one of the world’s great newspapers.
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