A newspaper is a periodical publication that contains articles about current events locally, nationally or internationally. They can also contain other types of content such as opinion pieces, reviews and cartoons. The main purpose of a newspaper is to give readers information about recent events in an objective and factual way. They can be published daily, weekly or semiweekly and are usually written by journalists who may or may not have subject knowledge. News is generally gathered from various sources including government agencies and private organizations.
The earliest newspapers were handwritten or printed on paper and circulated in person, but with the advent of printing and the development of new communications technology in the 1500s, news could be distributed widely and quickly. This change in news dissemination enabled mass political activism and revolutions to occur.
Today, news is transmitted instantly worldwide through television and radio, the internet and mobile phones. The term “breaking news” is now a cliché because events that would have once taken hours or even days to become common knowledge in towns or nations now reach them in minutes as they are broadcast live through cable news services.
The New York Daily News is a morning tabloid newspaper founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News by Joseph Medill Patterson and was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States. It was long locked in a circulation battle with its even more sensational rival, the New York Post, and at its peak had one of the highest newspaper circulations in the world.
At the turn of the 21st century, it was owned by Mortimer Zuckerman and was the second-largest newspaper in the United States. It had a reputation for hard-hitting coverage of crime and violence, lurid photographs, and entertainment features. In 2017, the newspaper was sold to Tronc, a Chicago-based media company.
Designed by architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, the Daily News Building was an official city landmark until 1995. It was later used as the model for the fictional Daily Planet building in the Superman films. The Daily News is currently located at 450 West 33rd Street. This location is also the headquarters for its former news division WPIX-TV.