The New York Daily News is an American tabloid newspaper founded in 1919 and owned by Tribune Publishing, which also owns the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers. The Daily News is one of the country’s largest newspaper chains by circulation and was the first tabloid newspaper to be printed in the United States. The paper is best known for its high-impact headlines and extensive coverage of local crime, city politics and other news in the New York metropolitan area.
The Daily News has long been engaged in a circulation war with the rival New York Post and has often focused on sensational subject matter, such as political wrongdoing like the Teapot Dome scandal and social intrigue such as the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to her abdication. The paper also emphasized photography, and was an early user of the Associated Press wirephoto service in the 1930s.
In recent decades, the newspaper has shifted its editorial stance from a staunchly Republican stance to a more centrist position with a “high-minded, if populist legacy.” It is regarded as the more liberal alternative to the conservative Post.
As the newspaper has consolidated its ownership in recent years, the staffing has suffered from cuts and buyouts. In an attempt to cut costs, the Daily News has outsourced printing operations, reduced the number of pages it prints each day and halted its summer journalism internship program. The paper has also experienced a reduction in its advertising revenue due to the increasing popularity of online ads, which have become more lucrative for the company.
This has led to a decline in the newspaper’s financial performance and an increase in debt. The Daily News has struggled to adapt to the changing media environment and is attempting to find a new business model to support its reporting staff. The newspaper has also shifted its focus away from national and international news to local and city-based stories, in an effort to appeal to readers who are increasingly turning to digital sources for their news.
In the end, the newspaper has been unable to offset declining revenue with cost savings and is now facing a difficult transition. In the fall of 2017, it was reported that Daily News owner Mortimer Zuckerman was considering selling the newspaper to Tronc, a Chicago-based media company.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive contains digitized copies of print editions of the Daily News dating back to 1878. The archive is open to the world and has been indexed for searchability. The Archive is available through a web interface and through the Yale Library. The Archive was made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous Yale College alumnus.