The Yale Daily News is a student-run newspaper covering campus and community news at Yale. It is published each weekday while the University is in session and is available online to students, staff and the public. The Daily News provides a broad range of news, including scholarly discovery, fellowships and awards, issues on campus and more. It is the oldest college daily in the United States and has produced many alumni who have gone on to prominent careers in journalism, government and business. The newspaper’s staff and contributors are primarily undergraduate students, though its editorial board includes graduate students as well as faculty members.
Since its founding in 1879, the Daily News has been one of New York City’s most prominent newspapers and has often been described as a “tabloid on steroids”. It was once the nation’s best-selling newspaper and its front page headlines wowed readers with shock value, often with lurid details of murder and mayhem. It was even a top contender in circulation for many years against its rival, the New York Post, and held the distinction of being one of only two papers to have a million circulation by the end of World War II.
Typically, the Daily News covers national and international news as well as local issues that affect people in the reader’s community. The paper also covers topics of interest to the public, such as celebrity and sports news and obituaries.
Local issues that the Daily News frequently addresses include economic issues (job loss, layoffs, pending lawsuits and tax cuts), education (programs and policies, school choice, teacher training), crime, housing, health, and social issues (divorce, dating, marriage, parenting, religion, and diversity). In addition to covering events in local towns and cities, the newspaper often interviews government officials such as mayors and council members. It also publishes op-ed pieces and interviews with celebrities and athletes.
In the op-ed pages, the Daily News takes on controversial issues of the day and offers its perspective. It has a liberal-leaning editorial stance and is often critical of the government and large corporations. It has also embraced immigration and has supported civil rights, women’s equality and environmental protection.
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