Template:Cite news

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This documentation is transcluded from Template:Cite news/doc and needs to be edited separately.

For making citations of news articles in print, video, audio or web.


Copy a blank version to use. All parameter names are supported only in lower case. Use the "|" (pipe) character between each parameter. Unused parameters may be deleted to avoid clutter in the edit window. Some samples on this documentation page may include the current date. If the date is not current, then purge the page.

Common forms

Common form (with current date)

{{ cite news |title= |url= |work= |publisher= |date= |access-date=2022-08-12 }}

With author

{{ cite news |title= |url= |work= |publisher= |date= |last= |first= |access-date=2022-08-12 }}

From a print newspaper

{{ cite news |title= |url= |work= |publisher= |place= |page= |pages= |date= |last= |first= |access-date=2022-08-12 }}

From a periodical or magazine

{{ cite news |title= |url= |work= |publisher= |issue= |page= |pages= |date= |last= |first= |access-date=2022-08-12 }}

Archived link

{{ cite news |title= |url= |work= |publisher= |archive-url= |work= |date= |archive-date= |access-date=2022-08-12 }}

Choosing between {{cite news}} and {{cite web}}

  • {{cite news}} can be used for offline sources, whereas {{cite web}} will return an error if no URL is supplied.
  • {{cite news}} has several parameters specific to periodicals and offline material, including issue, page/pages, place, publisher, and publication-place.

Other than the above differences, both templates return the same result for the same parameters.


{{ cite news

Required parameters

  • title: The title of the referenced source, as it appears in the source.
  • work: The name of the work that published the referenced source. May contain wikilinks.

Optional parameters

  • access-date: The date that the referenced source was last successfully accessed, written in YYYY-MM-DD format.
  • archive-url: A link to an archived version of the referenced source hosted elsewhere (e.g. the Wayback Machine), if the source is no longer available or the content has since been altered to remove the cited information. Requires archive-date.
    • archive-date: The date that the archive was created, written in YYYY-MM-DD format.
  • author, author2, author3: The pseudonym, username, or other identifying name of the author of the source, if a first and last name are not known. Do not wikilink, use author-link instead.
    • author-link, author-link2, author-link3: Works with either author, or first and last, to produce a link to the appropriate wiki article. Does not work with URLs.
    • first, first2, first3: The first name of the author. Requires last.
    • last, last2, last3: The last name of the author.
    • author4 and last4 are not shown, but will output "et al." if either is set.
  • date: The date that the referenced source was written or published. This can be a full or partial date expressed in YYYY-MM-DD format.
  • doi: Digital Object Identifier; for example: 10.2979/jfolkrese.56.2_3.08.
  • issue: The issue number, If the source is only periodically issued.
  • language: The language of the referenced source, if not in English.
  • page or pages: The specific page or pages that are being referenced. For a single page: |page= 22. For a range of pages: |pages= 19–22. For multiple individual pages: |pages= 9, 13, 22.
  • place: The locality that the source was written, if it features a dateline. Appears prefixed with "Written at".
  • publisher: The publisher of the source work. May contain wikilinks.
    • publication-place: The locality of the publishing organisation. Can be omitted if unknown or is obvious from the publisher name, e.g. Random House of Canada.
  • quote: Relevant text quoted from the source.
  • url: The URL that the referenced source can be found, if it's hosted online.
    • format: The format of the referenced source, if it's hosted online but is not an HTML webpage. This should be the file type as you would typically see it given in a file extension, such as PDF, DOC, JPG, etc.

Extension parameters

These parameters are intended for use by templates that extend and build upon this one. They should not be used in articles.

  • title-after: Free text to insert after the title.
  • title-before: Free text to insert before the title.