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Citing a Newspaper in a Cover Letter
How to Cite a Newspaper
1. Write a sentence explaining where you heard about the position. For example: "I saw your advertisement in the Springfield Times." Put the name of the newspaper, minus "the," in italics. When the newspaper name appears mid-sentence, do not capitalize "the," as in the example.
2. Add the state and the date in parentheses. For instance: "I saw your advertisement in the Springfield Times (Illinois, Oct. 23, 2010)." Some industry newspapers may have issue numbers instead.
3. Incorporate some information into the sentence outside parentheses, alternatively. For example: "I saw your advertisement in the October 23 edition of the Springfield Times (Illinois)," or "I saw your advertisement in the Springfield Times (Illinois) on October 23."
4. Use the same style for other newspaper citations. For example, write, "My article about engineering was published in Weekly Engineering News (Vol. 3:6).
5. Write article titles in quotation marks. For instance: "I wrote the article "Best Restaurants in Salem" for theSalem Post."
Keep citation details such as dates and issue numbers as brief as possible; this is a cover letter, not an essay. Do not use footnotes or endnotes. Do not put newspaper names in quotation marks.