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 U.S. newspapers have reduced the size of a folded page to 12 in (305 mm) broad by 223/4 in (578 mm) long. These papers are called "flats".
In Canada, the width of a newspaper page is usually 8 1/4 inches (203 mm), but some papers are as small as 7 inches (178 mm) and others are as large as 9 1/4 inches (241 mm).
In England, the average size of the front page is 10 in x 14 in (254 mm x 355 mm).
In Germany, there are two types of newspapers: those that are 595 mm wide (24 in) and those that are 148 mm (5 7/8 in) wide. The former type of paper is called a "broadsheet" and the latter a "tabloid."
In India, the average size of the front page is 195 mm (7 7/8 in) wide.
In Italy, the average size of the front page is 215 mm (8 7/8 in) wide.
In Mexico, the average size of the front page is 218 mm (8 7/8 in) wide.
Broadsheet refers to the most prevalent newspaper format, which is normally 15 inches wide by 20 or more inches long in the United States, however widths vary elsewhere. The name "broadsheet" comes from the fact that these papers were once made of cotton cloth, which was then stretched and laid out to dry. When wet, the cloth is much wider than when dry; thus, the term "broad." Modern newspapers are usually printed on paper which is slightly narrower than this, but with enough length that the words can be read across the page.
In Canada, Mexico, Brazil and parts of South America, a broadsheet is called a gazette. In India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, it is called a daily, and is usually between 14 and 16 inches wide. In Africa, Iran, and parts of Asia, a broadsheet is called an azad (freedom) newspaper. In Israel, the term haftarah (plural: haftarot) is used for the portion of the Torah that is read on certain holidays.
The word "paper" itself is a derivation of the Latin papyrus, which in turn comes from Egyptian. The ancient Egyptians made papyrus from the pith of the paper mulberry tree, which grows in tropical climates like those found in Africa and Asia.
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 of this is 44.44 columns, or about nine inches.
The print medium is divided into four sections: front and back pages, inside pages, and outside pages.
The front page is usually made up of news stories that are considered to be important or significant enough to include in the paper. These articles often include major news events such as wars, elections, and disasters. The back page consists of larger ads that take up most of the space on the page. The inside pages contain smaller classified advertisements and comics. The outside pages consist of free space for editorial content or additional advertising.
Each section has its own requirements for typography and layout. For example, the back page should provide room for large ads, so it uses more white space than the front page. The inside pages need to be short and to the point, so they use less space than the back page but more space than a letter page.
The term "column" refers to the horizontal grouping of type on a page. There are two types of columns in a newspaper: left-justified and right-justified.