Category talk:Publishing

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Newspaper categorization

Regarding the re-categorization of The Homewood Independent, what is the distinction between Category:Former newspapers and Category:Defunct periodicals? Is it the format? The price (free or cost)? It's obviously not the frequency. Does the same definition of "newspaper" apply to Category:Alternative newspapers and Category:Weekly newspapers? (I ask because I Cover the War is listed in "Alternative newspapers", but also in "Defunct periodicals" instead of "Former newspapers.") Also, once a periodical is defunct, does it still belong in "Alternative newspapers" and/or "Weekly newspapers" or is that only for ones still be published? Finally, what defines a newspaper as "alternative"? If I had to guess, I'd say that although The Homewood Independent wasn't a large paper compared to The Birmingham News or Birmingham Post-Herald, the content doesn't fit the general definition of "alternative." --Lkseitz 09:41, 19 July 2006 (PDT)

  • Good questions. In my mind it's the content that distinguishes a newspaper from other types of periodicals. Investigative journalism would be the threshold. But obviously that leaves a lot of fuzzy territory. I welcome proposals to simplify my mess. --Dystopos 10:20, 19 July 2006 (PDT)