A newspaper is a publication containing news, information, and advertising. General-interest newspapers often feature articles on political events, crime, business, art/entertainment, society and sports. Most traditional papers also feature an editorial page containing columns that express the personal opinions of writers. Supplementary sections may contain advertising, comics, and coupons.
A wide variety of material has been published in newspapers, including editorial opinions, criticism, persuasion and op-eds; obituaries; entertainment features such as crosswords, sudoku and horoscopes; weather news and forecasts; advice, gossip, food and other columns; critical reviews of movies, plays and restaurants; classified ads; display ads, editorial cartoons and comic strips.
Usually published daily but sometimes weekly, monthly and any period in between newspapers are a great source of local history and events as well happenings in the rest of the world. Unfortunately they were intended to be disposable and the paper they were printed on was relatively thin and did not last long.
Still, a large number of papers survived since they were stored, or used as wrapping, packing and for many other uses.