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Usually, the name of a newspaper is in italics. Let's say somebody is speaking in a book. "I read The Wall Street Journal," Jerry said. Or is it: "I read The Wall Street Journal," Jerry said. Thanks.

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The rules for italicizing the titles of works (such as newspapers, books, albums, journals) are the same inside quotation marks and outside.

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I would say it would come down to the editor, more than the writer. But I know that academically that using italics in the way you have done is standard and expected. Not so sure in fiction, if non-fiction I would however use it.

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