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APA : Newspaper Articles

Basic Format to Reference Newspaper Articles

The basics of a reference list entry for a newspaper article

  • 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.

Reference list example - newspapers

Referencing Newspaper Articles: Examples

Printable examples

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In-text examples

Reference list examples

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

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) in Headline Case 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 Age: A2, 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

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