With day old chicks, I usually put down paper towels and then pine shavings over the paper towels. (I have yet to have chicks eat shavings but if your chicks do, then put an additional layer of paper towels over the pine shavings for a few days). Newspaper can get slippery when wet, and can cause slipped tendon injuries in young chicks. After a few days, I skip the paper towel layer altogether and only use pine shavings as bedding.
newspaper can cause leg problems.
I put down the shavings then cover it with burlap and cover that with paper towels for the first few days.
After about 10 days I pull up the burlap. By then they know what food looks like.
I start with paper towels over shavings then pull the paper towels after a couple of days. At about a week, I then switch over to a 50/50 mixture of peat moss and sand mixed together. Gives 'um something to scratch at. The peat moss can dirty up the water so I set the water container on a tile to keep it off of the mixture.