Newspapers are a vital source of information in Los Angeles in the time of L.A. Noire. The information is based around the events from Courtney Sheldon getting acquainted with Doctor Harlan Fontaine all the way up to the Suburban Redevelopment Fund's downfall.
Reading a newspaper will trigger "back-story revealing cinematics".
There are a total of 13 newspapers. The game does not award an achievement or trophy for finding them all, but finding them is necessary for 100% completion. Newspapers are only accessible during regular storyline cases; they are not found in the downloaded/Complete Edition bonus cases or in free roam.
|SHRINK SAYS: The mind is the final frontier.|
|Location: On a crate in an alleyway in the first Patrol case "Upon Reflection".|
|ALIENIST FONTAINE: Provides Help to Troubled Vets.|
|Location: On a table in the dining room of the Black Residence in the first Traffic case "The Driver's Seat".|
|SHRINK TO THE STARS: Promises Mental Breakthrough .|
|Location: On the counter in Ray's Cafe (A Marriage Made in Heaven).|
|DOPE FLOODS STREETS: Cops Chase War Surplus Contraband|
|Location: Marlon Hopgood's prop store near the shrunken heads (The Fallen Idol).|
|FAMILY BURNT TO DEATH: Cops Say House Fire Deaths Are Suspicious.|
|Location: Celine Henry's house (The Red Lipstick Murder).|
|MISSING MORPHINE: Cops Say: Goons Fighting Dope War|
|Location: Hobo Camp in Stuart Ackerman's shack (The White Shoe Slaying).|
|MICKEY COHEN: Heir Apparent to Bugsy Siegel.|
|Location: Ramez Removals in the warehouse on the table (The Black Caesar).|
|ALIENIST FONTAINE: Working Selflessly to Help the Infirm.|
|Location: American Legion Boxing Stadium in the locker room (The Set-Up).|
|LAPD VICE SCANDAL: Could Go All the Way to the top.|
|Location: Robert's Diner in the alleyway at the end of the chase (Manifest Destiny).|
|HOUSING DEVELOPMENT BURNS: Ex-Servicemen Irate as GI Houses Razed.|
|Location: Morelli House in the front garden to the right (A Walk in Elysian Fields).|
|SUBURBAN REDEVELOPMENT: Fund Promises 10,000 New Homes.|
|Location: Leland Monroe's Mansion on the desk in his office (A Polite Invitation).|
|CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION: Petersen Pledges to clean up LAPD.|
|Location: Rapid Exterminators inside the store (A Different Kind of War).|
|"FACE OF PROGRESS": Says Mayor of Developer Leland Monroe.|
|Location: Doctor Fontaine's Surgery in his office (A Different Kind of War).|
In-Game Locations of Events (Work In Progress)
- FAMILY BURNT TO DEATH: COPS SAY HOUSE FIRE DEATHS ARE SUSPICIOUS; Dr Fontaine's Surgery, where Harlan Fontaine is speaking to Ira Hogeboom over the phone, the latter is in a red-coloured payphone booth in a park directly opposite.
- THE FACE OF PROGRESS: SAYS MAYOR OF DEVELOPER LELAND MONROE; the Brown Derby (inaccessible but nonetheless has a detailed interior seen through the transparent windows of the restaurant's non-functional doors, implying it was intended to be made available to explore.
- CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION': PETERSEN PLEDGES TO CLEAN UP LAPD; keep to the east side of the road from Wilshire Police Station and head up until you reach the corner of Beverly and Vermont.
- In Red Dead Redemption (another game published by Rockstar Games), you can only purchase and read newspapers to be updated on the game world's events. This was the first time that Newspapers appeared readable in a Rockstar Games' game.