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The San Diego Chronicle newspaper

A newspaper was a printed publication that contained news articles written by reporters.


A newspaper published issues regularly, most often daily or weekly. Pages were folded together, rather than stapled, did not have a cover, and were larger than a book or magazine.

In the 22nd century, newspapers could be output from a personal printer. (ENT - The Romulan War novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

In the 23rd century, the user could specify sections for printing, such as news, editorial, features and comics. The printer had a recycling slot for used papers. (TOS novel: Planet of Judgment)

Newspaper media survived into the 24th century. Reporter Edmund Atkinson worked for The Times for at least 30 years. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace, ST novel: A Singular Destiny).

Also in the 24th century, Starfleet Academy published a newspaper. (TNG novel: The Best and the Brightest)


In the 1930s of a timeline he altered when time traveling through the Guardian of Forever and saving the life of Edith Keeler, the USS Enterprise's Doctor Leonard McCoy awaited the arrival of James T. Kirk and Spock. When they didn't come, he followed her advice and placed classified ads in several New York City newspapers, including the The New York Times, The World, and The Star Dispatch, in hopes that his messages would guide his friends in the 23rd century. After five months, he expanded his ad placements into newspapers throughout the state of New York, then to other American daily papers, and then to international cities. He also visited the New York Public Library and scoured papers published in Baltimore, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Great Britain, France, Ireland, Argentina, Switzerland and Italy. On one day, he searched the classified sections of The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Times-Picayune, The New York Times, and Italy's Corriere della Sera for reply messages. After receiving no response after two years, he gave up and moved out of the 21st Street Mission in New York City. (TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows)

Also in March 1930, Spock reviewed editions of various newspapers through his tricorder to locate a divergence in the flow of time. It displayed conflicting accounts on the life of Edith Keeler. A February 23, 1936 edition of one paper displayed the headline "FDR Confers With Slum Angel 'Angel'." Yet in another paper he read about her dying in an automobile accident. (TOS episode & novelization: The City on the Edge of Forever)

In the 1950s, a newspaper reporter and photographer covered the story of an asylum inmate who was a missing person. The inmate stated his name, then became so frenzied that he had to be sedated. The story with accompanying photos appeared on the front page of the local paper with the headline "Who Is This Man?" Nobody came forward who knew "Captain James T. Kirk". Three hundred years later, the newspaper article was found during a records search by Spock. (TOS - The New Voyages short story: "Mind-Sifter")

In 1953, Benny Russell was reading a newspaper when Jimmy approached him, offering him watches. (DS9 episode: "Far Beyond the Stars")

In 1986, San Francisco area newspapers covered the release of humpback whales George and Gracie. A more sensational publication featured the story "Aliens Land in Golden Gate Park", containing interviews with a garbageman, joggers, and someone who had spotted a helicopter lowering a glass panel into nothingness. On page three, that edition reported the growth of a new kidney by a woman at Mercy Hospital. A follow-up story was headlined "Military Coverup, Alien Spacecraft Sighted In Alaskan Waters. Fisherman Almost Captured." (TOS - Strange New Worlds VI short story: "Whales Weep Not")

In 2052, the San Diego Chronicle extensively covered Earth's first beaming of a chimpanzee, Harry. (TNG comic: "Forgiveness")

Henry Archer kept copies of old newspapers. In 2123, Jonathan Archer recalled having seen an image of Dr. Lily Sloane in one of them. (ENT - Strange New Worlds V short story: "A Girl for Every Star")

In 2253, on the day that McCoy's wife Jocelyn Treadway left him, he was reading a newspaper. An ad from Starfleet seeking doctor applicants caught his eye. (TOS novel: Planet of Judgment)

In 2266, Space News reported on the first press conference given by revived 20th century celebrity Alfred Bleikoff at the Taj Mahal. (TOS comic: "Prophet of Peace")

In 2267 on Magna Roma, Spock perused a table full of newspapers and periodicals, then thumbed through a couple of the magazines. (TOS episode & Star Trek 11 novelization: Bread and Circuses)

In 2268, during a mission to Melkot, a landing party from the USS Enterprise saw the October 26, 1881 edition of the Tombstone Epitaph. (TOS novelization: The Last Gunfight)

Detective Dixon Hill read newspapers, or at least Jean-Luc Picard thought he did. They were visible in his holoprograms. (TNG episode: "The Big Goodbye"; TNG - Strange New Worlds V short story: "The Monkey Puzzle Box")

In 2370, during his last year at Starfleet Academy, Harry Kim wrote an article for the Academy's newspaper. (TNG novel: The Best and the Brightest)

In 2371, Montgomery Scott was featured during a live broadcast of Terra Tonight when an emergency occurred during a training mission. (TOS - Strange New Worlds 9 short story: "Terra Tonight")

In 2375, Q was seen reading a newspaper with the headline "Lyra Galaxy devoured by Greedy Singularity" and the subhead "Nacene Blamed." He showed this paper to Harry Kim and Tom Paris. (VOY - String Theory novel: Evolution)

Star Trek authors Michelle A. Bottrall, Kevin Dilmore, Robert T. Jeschonek, Kevin Lauderdale, Andy Mangels, J.R. Rasmussen, and Brian Seidman have written newspaper articles, having worked either as a reporter, editor and/or freelance writer.
Editor Paula M. Block's first exposure to Star Trek fandom came from seeing an ad in her university's school newspaper. (Biography, Strange New Worlds I)
Twenty Star Trek stories set in the 2270s were published in daily newspapers in the US Comic Strips series from 1979-1983.






News agencies and media in the United Federation of Planets
Organizations Altair Information Syndicate (AIS)Cable News Network (CNN)Drid Interstellar NewsFederation News Network (FNN)Federation NewsnetFederation News Service (FNS)Ferengi Commercial News (FCN)GlobalNewsIntergalactic News NetworkInterplanetary PressMediaCommMediaMagixNew American News ServicePangea News ServiceProlificomm IntergalaxProxima News Service (PNS)Schlitz PeriodicalsSebrotnizskeapoierfSolarcorp News ServiceStarfleet News ServiceSteriopolis PressSubNetTellar News Service (TNS)Trill News ServiceUnited Earth Information ServiceUnited Federation of Planets Infonet (UFPI)United News ServiceUnited Press Interstellar (UPI)United Sol System Information NetworkWAXYWTYX
Publications Albany Times-UnionAmsterdam NewsAtlanta ConstitutionBolarus and YouCorriere della Sera/The Evening CourierThe Day of the AndroidEliteFederation Life MagazineFerengi AcquirerFree Vulcan GazetteGalaxy WeekThe GallianHarper's WeeklyHush-HushInsider IllustratedInterstellar MerchantLifeLondon TimesMcIverton Today!National CosmographicNational RegisterThe NewNew York AgeThe New York TimesNew New York TimesNewsweekOrlando Post DispatchPeopleThe Philadelphia EnquirerPorts IllustratedSan Diego ChronicleSan Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco GazetteSan Francisco RegisterSeekerSpacelanesSpace NewsThe Star DispatchTimeThe Times-PicayuneThe TimesTinseltown TattlerTombstone EpitaphUFP Commerce ReviewUFP TodayUSA TodayVillage VoiceWatch the SkiesThe WorldYouth Life
Programs Catching Up with NeelixFederation at WarIlluminating the City of LightMestiko This WeekNan's NewsnightNewstimei-NewsNewsNowTerra TonightThe Dr. Marv ShowThe Pascal Leight Show

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