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Founded in 1919, the New York Daily News was the first successful tabloid newspaper in America. Originally owned by Joseph Medill Patterson, the paper quickly gained popularity with sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, and cartoons. The paper also grew in size and scope, adding sports, celebrity gossip, classified ads, and even a music section. Today, the Daily News is one of the largest-circulation newspapers in the United States and is a subsidiary of tronc.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive contains more than 25,000 issues of the newspaper, dating back to its founding in 1884. This collection is freely available for research and education.
Yale Daily News is the oldest college daily in the country and has been home to a number of notable alumni and contributors, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Strobe Talbott, and Garry Trudeau. Its student editors and writers have long been a focal point of debate and discussion at the University, as well as an influential force in journalism and public life.
A key component of the Daily News is its strong and varied political coverage, which has included many prominent figures and events in American history. In recent years, the paper has leaned moderate-to-liberal in its editorial perspective, often in contrast with its more conservative competitor the New York Post. The paper’s editorial page is a major forum for liberal and democratic views in New York.
Each Daily News article includes “Comprehension Questions” and “Critical Thinking Questions” which require students to dig deeper into the news story. In addition, the site provides “Background” and “Resources” (including video clips, maps and links) that help students understand the issues at hand.
A compelling and troubling study of the decline of a local newspaper and its effect on a community. Andrew Conte, the founder of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and a former investigative reporter, writes perceptively and with empathy in this study of a crisis that is unfolding across the country. The book will have a wide audience and will be of interest to anyone concerned about the future of local journalism.