The Times of India Masthead
When approaching newspapers as a source for information, several key questions arise: When and where was the newspaper published? What kind of reader was it intended to reach? Did it have local competitors? What were its political affiliations? In other words, a newspaper's context is important to understanding the newspaper itself. Answers to some of these questions come from examining the newspaper carefully. Every front page is likely to tell us the location and date on which the paper was published, and sometimes the masthead on the front page also announces how long the newspaper has been in business. This particular masthead, for instance, comes from The Times of India and was designed to commemorate the Hindu festival of Navaratri which is celebrated in autumn and is dedicated to the deity Devi (Durga).