Newspapers and magpies
What’s the connection between newspapers and magpies?
Well, apparently the first newspapers published in Venice and were known as gazeta de la novità and cost one gazeta (Venetian) or gazzetta (Italian), a small coin which had a picture of a magpie on it. A magpie is gazza in Italian and the name of the coin is a diminutive form of that name. Another possibility is that the newspaper was named after the magpie, a bird renowned for chattering.
The word gazette was first used in English in 1665 for a newspaper published in Oxford [source].