Daily News is a New York-based American tabloid newspaper founded in 1919. The first successful tabloid in the United States, it was known for sensational stories about crime and scandal, lurid photographs, and comics. It was also a prominent source of sports news and New York City news. Its high circulation at its peak was the highest in any newspaper in the world, and it remained one of the most widely distributed newspapers until it was surpassed by rival tabloids such as the New York Post. Today, the Daily News is owned by tronc, and it is headquartered in New York City.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive contains digitized copies of the Daily News from 1878 to the present. The archive is accessible online and is searchable by keyword, date, or topic. The archive is primarily comprised of issues from the period when Yale was in session, although it includes some later issues as well. Many of the newspaper’s alumni went on to prominent careers in journalism and public service, including William F. Buckley, Sam Cahn, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Strobe Talbott, Saverio “Sam” Costanza, and others.
During the 1920s, the Daily News was among the top newspapers in the country and had its own radio and television broadcasts. The paper was also a pioneer in photography, hiring the Associated Press wire photo service and developing a staff of photographers. Its staff of writers covered a wide range of subjects, from political wrongdoing such as the Teapot Dome Scandal to social intrigue like the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to the latter’s abdication.
In addition to local news, the Daily News featured national and international news and politics as well as sports. The paper was also a strong advocate for the rights of women and minorities. In addition to its regular sections, the Daily News also printed a series of special editions, called supplements, that were dedicated to specific topics.
The New York Daily News has an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Left, which indicates that it shows a bias towards liberal, progressive, or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas. This is in contrast with its competitor, the New York Post, which has a right-wing bias. Until the mid-20th century, the Daily News was often perceived as a partisan newspaper, though the paper has since become more moderate to liberal. Its recent troubles have been attributed to a ruthless cost-cutting campaign by its new owner, Alden Global Capital, which has enacted buyouts and cuts at the Daily News, as well as the parent company of its sister publications, the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. As a result, the publisher is now seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This will not affect its editorial content or readership, but it could lead to layoffs at the newspaper. Nevertheless, the Daily News remains a major player in the New York City media market. Its journalists have earned numerous awards and accolades, and its website is a popular destination for local and national news.