The Daily News is a morning daily tabloid newspaper published in New York City. It was once the largest circulation paper in the United States. As of 2016, it has a total circulation of more than 200,000 copies. However, it is in financial trouble. There is a fear that the newspaper will cease publication. In recent years, the Daily News has shown a moderate-to-liberal editorial stance, which the New York Times has described as “highly minded” and “flexibly centrist.”
When the Daily News was founded in 1919, it was originally known as Illustrated Daily News. It was a subsidiary of the Tribune Company of Chicago. By the end of the 1920s, it had a circulation of more than 1.5 million copies, and was known for its sensational reporting on crime and politics.
By the early 1940s, the Daily News was a staunchly Republican newspaper, and espoused conservative populism. While the newspaper supported isolationism during World War II, it exhibited a strong liberal bent in the 1960s.
The Daily News was known for its bustling newsroom. Some of the legendary journalists who have worked at The News include Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Other Daily News mainstays have included Bill Gallo, Dick Young, and Jimmy Cannon.
Since the mid-1970s, the Daily News has been slowly shifting. The Daily News no longer holds the attention of the city with a single headline. Instead, citizens are becoming gatekeepers of information. Technology has also caused massive disruption to the industry. This includes the closure of many newsrooms. Many Daily News staff members are uncertain about their future workplaces.
A new book, Death of the Daily News, examines the impact of losing local newspapers. Author Andrew Conte brings his wealth of experience in national and local journalism to the topic. He provides an insider’s look at how a town and its citizens cope when their newspaper dies.
Death of the Daily News is a well-written and thoughtful book. It is accessible to readers of all ages. Conte approaches the subject with empathy and skill, and he is able to make this a rich and informative read. It also offers clues for how the community can move forward.
During the 1930s, the Daily News developed a large staff of photographers. In addition, the paper began using the Associated Press wirephoto service. Later, it established WPIX, a radio station that was later purchased by Emmis Communications. Today, the Daily News maintains local bureaus in Brooklyn and Queens.
Its current owner is Tribune Publishing. They have been putting pressure on the newsroom to cut costs. After a coronavirus outbreak hit New York in 2008, some Daily News staff members were able to work remotely. Several employees started campaigns to save their publications. Eventually, the Daily News announced that it was permanently closing its office in Lower Manhattan.
Throughout the book, Conte presents a fascinating account of what the Daily News was like in the 1920s, and how it became the model for a tabloid in the 1994 movie, “The Paper.” In addition to its lurid photographs, the Daily News boasted cartoons and a lively sports section.