A gazette is a newspaper, a printed sheet published on a regular basis, particularly by the British government, containing legal and state notices, whereas a newspaper is (countable) a publication, usually published daily or weekly and printed on cheap, low-quality paper, containing primarily advertisements. A gazette is not the same as a journal; while journals are publications that cover more general topics than gazettes, they are still considered newspapers or periodicals.
Gazettes were first issued by England's monarchs to announce important events in their lives and those of their subjects. Today, national gazettes are issued at least once a week, often including news from around the world and other content including arts reviews, sports reports, and puzzles. Local gazettes typically cover only their local area but may have broader coverage if they are part of a regional newspaper group. They often include news from their surrounding region as well as local issues such as school closures, public hearings, and elections. National and local gazettes are available free at most newsstands and some grocery stores.
Newspapers began publishing around the same time as gazettes, but they quickly became popular with readers because they included more content than gazettes. Some newspapers were even started specifically to include only news articles.
Today, newspapers are published daily or weekly throughout the world, and often include content ranging from international news to sport to entertainment.
Gazette. A gazette is an official journal, a record newspaper, or just a newspaper. Since the 17th century, newspaper publishers in English and French-speaking nations have used the term "Gazette"; nowadays, multiple weekly and daily newspapers use the name "The Gazette."
Gazettes are usually published on set days after an event has taken place (or will take place). For example, a news magazine may publish an issue each week on a set Monday through Saturday. A daily newspaper will usually print a gazette on Sunday with early editions printed before 7 a.m. and late editions after 1 p.m.
Some publications call themselves gazettes even though they are not published on set days. For example, some magazines have a monthly issue called their "gazette" that covers events from the previous month. These magazines are not timed to specific dates but rather cover topics that happen to be relevant at the time they are published.
Other publications do not call themselves gazettes but they still provide current information about important events: these are known as "event" or "news" gazettes.
Finally, there are publications that cover only sports events. They are called "sports" gazettes if they report on all types of events or "sport" gazettes if they focus on sports competitions.
A government gazette (also known as an official gazette, official journal, official newspaper, official monitor, or official bulletin) is a periodic publication authorized to publish public or legal announcements. They are produced by most governments at least once a year and often include important laws, court decisions, and other events affecting their citizens.
The word "gazette" comes from the French word gazette, which in turn comes from the Latin word gazetta, which means "public notice." The term originally referred to a proclamation issued by a monarch or other authority figure announcing some significant event or new law. Today, a government agency may issue a press release when a news story arises about one of its activities. However, such releases do not have the same significance as a government gazette and usually do not appear in newspapers.
A government gazette is different from a newsletter in that a newsletter is written with an aim of informing its readers of any updates or changes relating to its subject matter. While newsletters are sent out periodically, gazettes are published annually or more frequently if necessary. Also, a gazette will generally cover only current affairs while a newsletter can deal with past as well as present issues.
An official gazette is a legal newspaper that publishes the text of new laws, decrees, rules, treaties, legal notifications, and court judgements in a nation or administrative portion of a country. It may also publish announcements of significant current events.
The word "gazette" comes from the French term guide de ville (town clerk), which in turn comes from the Latin term gubernatrix ("ruler of a city"). The person responsible for editing and publishing an official journal is called the editor of the gazette. Today, this role is usually filled by someone within the government bureaucracy. Before this became common, it was often done by members of the media, such as newspapers or periodicals.
In most countries, only certain types of law can appear in an official newspaper. Generally, this means statutes passed by its legislature or other governmental organs and administrative regulations issued by state agencies. Judicial decisions are published in juridical journals. Some nations have additional types of publications that include legislative information: for example, the United States has Gazette Laws of the Several States and Canada has the Gazetteer's Act.
Official gazettes are important tools in a government's publicity system. They allow officials to notify the public about new policies, programs, services, etc., just like a newspaper would.