Since newspapers began as a journal (record of current events), the profession involved in the making of newspapers started to be known as journalism. From the yellow journalism age of the 19th century, many newspapers in america relied on sensational stories which were meant to anger or excite the public, rather than to notify.

Credibility is questioned because of anonymous sources; mistakes in facts, spelling, and grammar; perceived or real prejudice ; and scandals between plagiarism and production. In years past newspapers have been possessed by so-called media barons, and so were utilized for developing a political voice.

Following 1920 most important newspapers became elements of chains run by large media companies like Gannett, The McClatchy Company, Hearst Corporation, Cox Enterprises, Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, Morris Communications, The Tribune Company, Hollinger International, News Corporation, Swift Communications, etc..

Newspapers have, in today’s world, played a significant function in the practice of freedom of expression. Whistle-blowers, and people who“escape” tales of corruption in political circles frequently decide to inform newspapers prior to other mediums of communication, relying upon the perceived openness of newspaper editors to expose the secrets and lies of people who’d rather cover them. There have been conditions of papers being curtailed’s liberty.

Recent research has analyzed the results of the final of a newspaper on the reelection of campaign spending, voter turnout, and incumbents