1875, short for newsboy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for newsie

  • The newsie mentioned an address on one of the side streets of San Antonio.

  • And after a time another boy, a little New York "newsie," with a pack of evening papers, came loitering along the pier.

    The Harbor|Ernest Poole
  • The soldiers looked skeptical, but the newsie insisted that he was telling the truth.