Death of the Daily News

The New York Daily News is a tabloid newspaper founded in 1919, making it the first U.S. daily printed in tabloid format and reaching its peak circulation in 1947. The paper is known for its bold journalism, commitment to New York City, and engaging storytelling. It covers breaking news, in-depth investigations and politics, sports, celebrity and entertainment, trends, and community news. The Daily News is owned by Tribune Publishing and its subsidiaries, including Tronc.

The newspaper has a reputation for sensational coverage of crime, violence and scandal. It was also one of the earliest newspapers to use lurid photographs. The newspaper has been a member of the American Guild of Newspaper Editors since 1921. In recent years it has a reputation for being moderate-to-liberal in its editorial positions. The New York Daily News has won eleven Pulitzer Prizes.

As technology disrupts the industry, local journalism is struggling to survive. As newsrooms close and ad revenue decline, citizens find themselves without their trusted local news sources. In this riveting film, journalist Andrew Conte explores the town of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, which lost its local newspaper in 2015 and has been left with no traditional news sources. By examining this fascinating experiment, Death of the Daily News provides clues to the future of local journalism and suggests a way forward.

Conte follows several local residents as they attempt to fill the void created by the loss of their newspaper and find a better way to make sense of the world around them. He reveals that the answer lies not in replacing top-down journalism with social media, but rather in citizens taking control of their own information and becoming gatekeepers for their communities.

Each article includes comprehension and critical thinking questions for students, along with “Background” and “Resources” to provide deeper understanding of the news story. Students can access these resources by clicking the tabs at the bottom of each story.

Contains articles from the Daily News, the leading newspaper in the city of New York, and its suburban affiliates. The collection includes national and international news, sports, business, politics, arts and culture, and celebrity stories. Also included are editorials, letters to the editor, and op-ed pieces, as well as photo galleries, feature photos, and comics.

In a time when news media companies are struggling to adapt to the digital landscape, it is more important than ever to support local journalists and publications. This collection helps to ensure that important voices are heard in our communities and that crucial information is available to all citizens. The Yale College Library is grateful to the anonymous benefactor who made this project possible.