Q. How do I cite an online newspaper using the Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian?


General notes on newspapers in the Chicago Manual of Style :

  • If the name of the newspaper begins with "the", leave it out in your citation
  • The city name, if not part of the title of a local newspaper, should be added in parentheses. This is not necessary for widely known publications like the Wall Street Journal or the Christian Science Monitor.
  • Add the state abbreviation, in parentheses, if there could be confusion over which state the city is located in.  For example: Urbana, MD versus Urbana, IL.
  • For newspaper articles that have no author, the article titles comes first in the footnote/endnote citation, but in the bibliography entry, the newspaper title comes first (see example below).
  • News sites like BBC News, CNN, and Vox are treated like the newspapers

General format for citing online newspaper articles:


1 First Name Last Name of Author, "Article Title," Newspaper Title, Month Day, Year of Publication, URL.

1 Jeremy Arias, Emmitsburg Man Charged with Manslaughter in Fatal Street Racing Crash,” Frederick (MD) News Post, May 29, 2020, https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/.

2 Deborah Swearinge"Jeffco Public Schools Considering Hybrid Options for 2020-21 Year," Canyon Courier (Evergreen, CO), May 20, 2020, https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/jeffco-public-schools-considering-hybrid-options-2020-21-year.

3 Associated Press, “Patriots-Steelers to Open N.F.L. Season,” New York Times, April 22, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/sports/football/patriots-steelers-to-open-nfl-season.html.

4 "Coronavirus in South Africa: Smokers Fume at Cigarette Ban," BBC News, May 26, 2020, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52772186.


Author Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Newspaper Title, Month Day, Year of publication. URL.

Arias, Jeremy. “Emmitsburg Man Charged with Manslaughter in Fatal Street Racing Crash.” Frederick (MD) News Post, May 29, 2020. https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/.

Associated Press. “Patriots-Steelers to Open N.F.L. Season.” New York Times, April 22, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/sports/football/patriots-steelers-to-open-nfl-season.html.

BBC News."Coronavirus in South Africa: Smokers Fume at Cigarette Ban." May 26, 2020. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52772186.

 Swearinge, Deborah."Jeffco Public Schools Considering Hybrid Options for 2020-21 Year." Canyon Courier (Evergreen, CO), May 20, 2020. https://www.canyoncourier.com/content/jeffco-public-schools-considering-hybrid-options-2020-21-year.

More Resources: 

Chicago Manual of Style

OWL at Purdue- Chicago Manual of Style

Using Shortened Citations in the Chicago Manual of Style

How to Add Footnotes/Endnotes in Microsoft Word


  • Last Updated Jun 10, 2020
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