Harvard Referencing: Newspapers

Basic format to reference a newspaper article

The basics of a Reference List entry for a newspaper article

  • Author or authors. The surname is followed by first initials.
  • Year.
  • Article title (in single inverted commas).
  • Newspaper title (in italics).
  • Publication date.
  • Page number.

Schultz, A & Butt, C 2018, ‘The life cycle of Melburnians: how we age and move’, The Age, 7 April, p. 10.


  • Referencing newspaper articles is very similar to citing journal articles.  
  • 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

(Schultz & Butt 2018)


Schultz, A & Butt, C 2018, ‘The life cycle of Melburnians: how we age and move’, The Age, 7 April, p. 10.

Article obtained from a Database, from E-reserve or from VU Collaborate is referenced in the same way as a print article.

Newspaper: From a Website

(Smee 2018)


Smee, B 2018, ‘Deep in cattle country, graziers go against the flow to help the Great Barrier Reef’, The Guardian, 20 May, viewed 21 May 2018, <https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/deep-in-cattle-country-graziers-go-against-the-flow-to-help-the-great-barrier-reef>.

Newspaper article: without author

(The Age 24 January 2018, p. 12)
...in The Age (24 January 2018, p. 12)

For newspaper articles where no author is indicated, provide details of the source in the in-text reference.

No entry in the reference list is required.


Newspaper article: from a separately paginated section

(Sprague 2018)


Sprague, J 2018, ‘Make it count’, The Australian Financial Review, 27 April, The Australian Financial Review Magazine, p. 28.

The title of the separately paginated section of the newspaper is indicated before the page number (separated by a comma).

Media Release

(Hutchins 2018)


Hutchins, N 2018, Calling all outstanding Aboriginal Victorians, media release, Premier of Victoria, viewed 21 May 2018, <https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/calling-all-outstanding-aboriginal-victorians/>.