When to Capitalize Articles (like”the”) in Novel Names

Recently, readers wrote in to question why I capitalized “the” as part of the newspaper name in the sentence “Yesterday I read The New York Times.” For example, Jim T. wrote,

“According to the Chicago Manual of Style 8.170 ‘When newspapers and periodicals are mentioned in text, an initial “the,” even if part of the official title is lowercased (unless it begins a sentence).’”

Jim is right about Chicago, but how to treat articles such as “the” in publication names is a style choice.

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