APA Referencing: Newspapers

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Basic format to reference newspaper articles

The basics of a reference list entry for a newspaper article

  • Author or authors. The surname is followed by first initials.
  • Year and publication date.
  • Article title.
  • Newspaper title (in italics).
  • Page number.
  • The first line of each citation is left adjusted. Every subsequent line is indented 5-7 spaces.

Example: Johnston, E. (2011, 3 November). When funding costs rise, breaking up is hard to do. The Sydney Morning Herald, p. 30.


Please note:

  • As many newspapers are daily publications, the date of the newspaper must be included.
  • Check with your lecturer/teacher if they would like you to include the online newspaper database and access date.

Referencing newspaper articles: Examples

Material Type In-Text Example Reference List Example
Newspaper: Print 

(Gordon, 2011)
As Gordon (2011) says ...

Add page numbers for direct quotes.

Gordon, M. (2011, August 20). The boat that changed it all. The Age, pp. 18, 22.

If an article appears on discontinuous pages, give all page numbers, and separate the numbers with a comma.

Newspaper: from a Website (Norton, 2011)

Norton, A. (2011, October 11). Why teaching must be rated. The Age. Retrieved from http://www.theage.com.au

Newspaper: from a database (Smith, 2011)

Smith, B. (2011, June 24). Brain study confirms stress of life in the city. The Age, p.14. Retrieved from Factiva.

Newspaper article: without author

("Child psychologist," 2010) ... 
As discussed in "Child psychologist" (2010) ...

Use a shortened title (or full title if it is short) enclosed in double quotation marks.

Child psychologist inspired by dreams of Freud. (2010, August 16). The West Australian, p. 2.

Use the first word of the title to place this reference in the alphabetical sequence of your reference list.  

Newspaper article: from a separately paginated section (Wilson, 2009)

Wilson, J. (2009, September 26). In defence of the superficial. The AgeA2, p. 23.

Note: 'A2' before the page number indicates a separately paginated section of the newspaper.

Press or Media Release

(CSIRO, 2007)

(Prime Minister of Australia, 2010)

CSIRO. (2007, March 20). Cyclone science shows rainforest impacts and recovery [Press release]. Retrieved from http://www.csiro.au/news/ps2wj.html

Prime Minister of Australia. (2010, July 7). Gillard Government to boost resources to international border patrols [Press release]. Canberra, ACT: AGPS.