You probably know this already: Newspapers' primary purpose is to inform you of current events.
Newspapers are aimed at the general public - articles are written so that the average person can understand them.
Typically written by journalists
Most newspapers in the U.S. are owned and published by large media conglomerates, such as Advance Publications, Hearst Communication, and News Corp.
Most newspapers publish new issues / new articles either:
Most newspaper websites contain everything that was published in the print version of the newspaper (though a lot of that content will require you to pay for a subscription).
However, not everything on a newspaper website is also in the print version!
If you're looking at a newspaper website, it can be really difficult to tell whether that article appeared in print or not.
Some sites will tell you that an article appears in print - here's an example from the New York Times website:
Other sites don't provide that information. If you need to know whether the article appeared in print, too, ask a librarian - we can help you figure it out!