The typical measurements for the front page half of a broadsheet in the United States are 15 in (381 mm) wide by 223/4 in (578 mm) long. However, in order to save money on newsprint, several American newspapers have reduced the size of a folded page to 12 in (305 mm) width by 223/4 in (578 mm) long. In addition, some national and regional newspapers are published in tabloid format, which is similar to a broadsheet except that it has 8-12 columns instead of 7.
The word "paper" comes from the Latin papyrus, which in turn comes from Egyptian hieroglyphs used for writing on thin strips of wood or cotton. The first written accounts of paper manufacturing in China and India occur in the 11th century. European printers began using paper as a replacement for vellum (sheepskin) in 1450.
Newspapers are printed on paper machines located in the printing department of a newspaper office. The typeface used for printing headlines is called a newspaper font because it can be used over and over again without changing shape or size. Newspaper fonts are designed specifically for printing on paper and cannot be used for other purposes such as computer screens or television.
A newspaper's layout is its form or structure. The term is generally applied to the arrangement of text, graphics, and other elements on a page. A newspaper's layout may change each time it is printed but usually remains constant for any one edition.
Broadsheet newspaper advertising is available in 56 common sizes, whereas tabloid newspaper advertising is available in 32. A full-page ad includes all six columns of information as well as the whole depth of the page. That's 21 inches in broadsheet size, for a total of 132 column-inches. One-third that much appears in a tabloid.
The term "column" as used here applies to the space between the edge of one page and the edge of the next. Some publications print two pages per sheet, one on each side of the paper. These would be called half-sheets and there would be half as much space between the pages as there is between characters. Such papers would be considered double-size newspapers and might have quarter- or third-size pages. Single-sheet editions are also printed, usually at the end of a run of different articles. These would be called pull-outs because they are pulled rather than folded from the log roll.
Broadside posters are flat, rectangular pieces of cardboard with writing on them. They're viewed by hanging them up against a wall or fence where people can read them when they go by. Because they are flat, they cannot contain any pictures or other artwork. Broadsheets and tabloids have different sizes of pages so there is more room for text on the latter. Poster artists often use this opportunity to give their work a more prominent position by making it larger.
A standard newspaper column measurement in the United States is around 11 picas wide—about 1.83 inches (46 mm)—though this varies by paper and country. For demonstrative reasons only, the examples in this article adhere to this premise. Times newspapers in the United States are printed on 8.5 x 14 inch sheets with a total page length of approximately 32 inches. The pages are then folded once width-wise to create four sections. Each section is about half as tall as an average person, so around 16 inches high. This means that each section contains about eight rows of text, or 64 words per page.
The term pica is used to describe a unit of measurement equal to one thousandth of an inch. Therefore, one pica is 0.03937007874 inches (10^-1”).
Newspaper Broadsheet Dimensions
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