Newspaper Creation Tools

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word has several templates for news, but they are all designed for newsletters, not newspapers. If you are going to use Microsoft word, I would recommend creating a custom template for your newspaper.

Available for Macintosh and Windows Computers

Price: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2016, $149.00

Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Publisher also has several templates for news, but similarly to Word, the templates are designed for newsletters, not newspapers. However, I would say that Publisher is better than Word for creating a newspaper because it is specifically designed for publishing. Just make sure that it is included in the version of Microsoft Office you have or are going to purchase.

Available for Windows Computers

Price: $119.00

Apple Pages
Pages has several newsletter templates that could be adapted to use as a newspaper, however for the best results you should probably create a custom template for your use. Please note that you cannot open a pages file from a Windows computer unless you export it to a Word or other file format.

Available for Macintosh Computers

Price: $27.99, free with new Macs

Google Docs
Google Docs is an online tool created by Google as an alternative to Microsoft Word. It is entirely contained inside a web browser, and can only save files to Google Drive. To save files anywhere else, you have to export the file to a different format. Google Docs is a well-made program, but it is probably not the best tool for creating a newspaper. You will need to create a custom template, and making your newspaper will likely take significantly more work than with another program.

Available for any Computer With a Web Browser

Price: Free, requires internet connection

Adobe InDesign
Adobe InDesign is probably the best tool I have seen for creating a newspaper. It takes a bit of time and effort to learn how to use it, but it is perfect for creating newspapers. You should check with your school if they have purchased it, and if they can supply you with a copy for your newspaper.

Available for Macintosh and Windows Computers

Price: Adobe CC Single App Subscription, $19.99/month