If you are coming out to D.C. to visit, travel or to spend some time living, don't be out of the loop when you get here. Some suggestions to get acquainted with the city in terms of print publications:
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The Washington Post is a fairly comprehensive newspaper which most people read on the metro. It is available on weekdays for $.25 and on Sundays for $1.50 and covers main news, local news, sports, business and features. Its classified section for jobs is enormous and the same goes for its apartment/housing section.
If you want an idea of what is going on in the city, the Washington CityPaper is an indispensable guide to everything from local events, movies, concerts, apartments and jobs. Cover articles are interesting (from the lack of witnesses to D.C. crimes to an especially moving article about the state of nursing beyond the normal hours of the day) and the content equally amusing. The CityPaper is free and comes out on Thursdays. It can be found in multiple bookstores, retail stores and on some sidewalk kiosks. Although the advertisement does clutter the publication, if you are willing to sift through, it just might help you out, especially when you have a free weekend and are weighing your options
In my four months here, I have relied on both publications for various information. Both are extremely helpful - look for them.