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AMA 11th Referencing Guide

Referencing guide for the 11th Edition of AMA Style

Newspaper articles

Use this format if:

  • You have a news publication, including newspapers (print and online) and blogs.

You will need (minimum information in bold):

  • Author(s)
  • Article title (in sentence case - not in italics)
  • Name of newspaper (in italics)
  • Date of newspaper or date of publication online
  • Section (if applicable)
  • Page numbers
  • Accessed date (if online - only if using URL)
  • URL (if online)


Standard news article pattern (print):

Author AA, Author BB. Article title. Newspaper name. Month DD, year:pp-pp.


  1. Tourne R. Townsville Hospital in poor health: hospital troubles persist. Townsville Bulletin. February 26, 2011:5.

  2. Packham B. Australian-made vaccine available 'within months'. The Australian. September 7, 2020:5.

Standard news article pattern (online):

Author AA, Author BB. Article title. Newspaper name. Month day, year:pp-pp. Accessed Month DD, YYYY. URL


  1. Scott M. More than 60 treated in hospital after Townsville music festival. The Australian. May 7, 2019. Accessed September 7, 2020.

  2. Ikonomou T. Townsville’s rising obesity numbers among shocking health statistics. Townsville Bulletin. November, 14, 2018. Accessed September 9, 2020.


  • Newspaper names are not abbreviated.
  • If a city name is not part of the newspaper name, it may be added to the official name for clarity.

News releases

News and media releases take the following format:

  1. Examining how common depression symptoms are in adults before, during COVID-19 pandemic. News release. JAMA For the Media. September 2, 2020. Accessed September 7, 2020.
  2. Teleheath, e-prescribing arrangements must be extended. News release. Australian Medical Association. September 3, 2020. Accessed September 7, 2020.

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