The front pages of national newspapers on Boxing Day Sky News looks at the stories generating headlines in national publications on Boxing Day. The top page displays the Pope's usual "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas Day message, in which he calls for a two-state solution in the Middle East. But behind him, on the front page, is an image of Osama bin Laden's corpse being pulled from the sea.
The New York Times reports that Pope Benedict XVI has chosen as his personal representative to help find a political solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine, Cardinal Peter Turkson. The paper says that in remarks delivered during an audience with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday night, Benedict appeared to endorse such a role for the church.
The London Daily Telegraph leads with news of the death of Osama bin Laden, saying the world's most wanted man was shot dead by US forces in Pakistan. Other major stories include the Queensland floods continuing to cause havoc across the state, with more than 250 homes destroyed by torrential rain; and deadly protests breaking out in Tunisia after the sentencing to life imprisonment of a young blogger who had been critical of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Finally, the New York Times reports that United States officials have sent signals to foreign governments suggesting that they should not negotiate with terrorists, thereby undermining ongoing peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
Christmas Day is the only day in the UK when no newspaper is issued! The last printed edition of the daily newspaper appears on this day. All other days have a morning edition and an evening edition.
In fact, there are two reasons why there are no newspapers published on Christmas Day: one legal and one practical. The law forbids the printing, publishing or selling of newspapers on Christmas Day. This law was introduced in England in 1747 to prevent people trading on Christmas Day, which at that time was a public holiday.
The printing press did not exist back then so the only way to enforce this law was by having print shops close down for the entire holiday. This didn't bother most printers who closed their shops over Christmas anyway because they made enough money during the rest of the year.
But now we have online news sources information can be published anywhere in the world on any date. So there's no need for newspapers to be published on Christmas Day.
Also, newspapers often use Christmas Day as a chance to review recent events and announce any changes to their editing schedule for the new year.
The front page reflects a paper's features and identity. Page one features all of the day's major news. Most newspapers have three or four major articles on the front page, and some noteworthy news is summarized in a front-page column. Trade publications and some others may have as many as six stories on the first page.
Each article appears in response to a newspaper story need. For example, if a crime is committed in the community, people want to know about it. The editors decide what should go on the front page and they write up these articles. Then, when readers turn to page one of the paper, they find these important events waiting for them.
Some papers include photos on the front page. These are called photo-led stories. They are written and edited like any other article but often include photos from recent events. Readers enjoy seeing these photographs and learn about what's happening in the community even though they may not be able to read the article text because it's too small. Sometimes these photos are interactive, allowing viewers to see further details about an event via web links or video clips.
Other types of front-page content include opinion pieces, letters to the editor, and ads. Opinions and letters express the writer's view on an issue relevant to readers. Often, these articles will ask readers for their opinions by soliciting comments on certain topics or incidents.
The Daily Mail is a London-based morning daily newspaper. It has long been known for its overseas reporting. It was one of the first British newspapers to popularize its coverage in order to attract a large audience. The publication also syndicates news, stories, and photographs to newspapers throughout the world....
The Daily Mail has three divisions: News & Politics, which includes Opinions; Life & Style; and Lifestyle. Its website, www.dailymail.co.uk, offers news, weather, sport, entertainment, politics and opinion content in text, photo, video, audio and interactive formats.
It has been praised for its editorial stance and its influence on public debate. However, it has also been criticized for its lack of interest in social issues and for its often sensationalist style. It remains one of the most read newspapers in Britain.
Are newspapers available on New Year's Day? Newspapers in England are published every day of the year except Christmas Day, and this has been the case since 1912, as seen by this old New York Times report. So yes, newspapers do appear on New Year's Day.
In Scotland, the Sunday Herald is published on a Sunday between Christmas and New Year's Day. It usually contains news from over the previous week but can be dated back further if necessary. The paper is not always released on New Year's Day but instead any day between January 1 and 4. If it is released on New Year's Day, then that would be the only newspaper available on that date.
In Northern Ireland, the News Letter is published on a Sunday between Christmas and New Year's Day. Like its Scottish counterpart, it is not always released on New Year's Day but instead any day between January 1 and 4.
In Wales, the daily newspaper is the Welsh Daily Mail which is published on Sundays between Christmas and New Year's Day.