APA 6th Edition Newspaper Citation – Format and Examples

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The American Psychological Association (APA) style manual is the go-to guide to creating professional, consistent, and easy-to-read references in psychology, sociology, and the social sciences. Here’s how it applies to media.

APA 6th Edition Newspaper Citation – In a Nutshell

The following article covers:

  • How APA 6th edition newspaper citation works with articles
  • APA 6th edition newspaper citation – Layouts, components, advice, and examples
  • Online, only online, and print variations
  • Frequently asked questions

Definition: APA 6th edition newspaper citation

APA 6th edition newspaper citation covers all forms of public “print” media (e.g. magazines, broadsheets, tabloids, websites). Referencing ephemera lets researchers establish context, examine public debate, and analyze broader discussion.

Every (correct) APA 6th edition newspaper citation includes the article’s name, publication, date (including the day), and the named author.

However, the end section varies depending on the media format referenced.

APA 6th edition newspaper citation: Online editions

Online edition formatting covers any publication with both an online and traditional print presence (e.g. The Times, The Guardian, New Scientist). It’s also practical for referencing easily-retrievable digitized archive articles.

A URL (i.e. web address) replaces the usual page numbers. Using the top-level URL for the publication’s website avoids future “dead” links.1

APA Format: Author(s) Surname(s), First Initial(s) [X.]. (Year, Month and Day of First Publication). Article Title [or Headline]. Publication [in itallics]. Retrieved from Publication URL [Top]
APA Reference (List): Example, A.N. (2009, June 30). New APA Edition Simplifies Referencing. Grammar Daily. Retrieved from https://GDO.URL
In-Text Citation: In an article about APA 6th edition newspaper citation (Example, A.N., 2009)...

APA 6th edition newspaper citation: Articles in print

The formatting for print edition article references in the 6th edition APA is very similar to online citations. However, you’ll need to state the exact page number(s) (or sections) instead of citing a top-level URL.

Start with “p.” for single sheets and use “pp.” for a citation across two or more pages. If unconventional section markers appear (e.g. Letter-Number “A1” formatting), those should always supersede and replace standard numbering.1

APA Format: Author(s) Surname(s), First Initial(s) [X.]. (Year, Month and Day of First Publication). Article Title [or Headline]. Publication [in itallics]. Page Number(s) [p. or pp. Start Page XX, End Page YY.]
APA Reference (List): Example, A.N. (2009, June 30). New APA Edition Simplifies Referencing. Grammar Daily. pp. 3,13.
In-Text Citation: In an article about APA 6th edition newspaper citation (Example, A.N., 2009)...

APA 6th edition newspaper citation: “Only online” news sites

Some news organizations (e.g. Reuters, BBC News, Associated Press) publish exclusively online. With online-only sources, the URL needs to be more precise.

Include the link whole. Don’t cite the website name again. State the original release date for the article – not the date you first viewed it. Don’t use italics.1

APA Format: Author(s) Surname(s), First Initial(s) [X.]. (Year, Month and Day of First Publication). Article Title [or Headline]. Retrieved from Publication URL [In Full]
APA Reference (List): Other, A.N. (2009, August 1). New Grammar Guide Rocks Internet. Retrieved from https://AwesomeAPA.URL/articles/ABC321
In-Text Citation: As Awesome APA once wrote on their website (Other, A.N., 2009)...

FAQs

State a top-level or sub-level URL at the end of your reference instead of page numbers.

Yes – if you cite a fixed URL link. It may be better to reference a reliable repeat of the post in question.

Cite the online version (if possible). Historic print media is harder to access and misses later additions or clarifications.

Sources

1 APA Style. “Newspaper Article References.” February, 2020. https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/references/examples/newspaper-article-references.