Death of the Daily News

Daily News

The New York Daily News, founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News, is a tabloid newspaper that serves the city of New York. It is the oldest daily newspaper in the United States and, as of 2017, is owned by tronc, owner of several other newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Post. The Daily News is best known for its sensational reporting of crime and scandal, lurid photos, and comics. During its heyday, it was one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the world.

As technology has disrupted the business of journalism, putting thousands of journalists out of work and closing newsrooms across America, many communities are suffering from what has been called a ‘news desert’ where residents have little or no traditional news sources. In Death of the Daily News, Andrew Conte explores the impact this is having on those communities and how citizens are responding to this changing landscape.

In the small southwestern Pennsylvania town of McKeesport, residents have struggled to make sense of their community since their local newspaper closed in 2015. As the number of American communities with no newspaper continues to grow, these ‘news deserts’ are creating an alarming divide between those who can and cannot access the information they need. In this searching and deeply reported study, Conte takes us to McKeesport to witness what happens when a local newspaper dies and how its absence is affecting the lives of its residents.

Designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, the former Daily News building on 42nd Street was a famous Manhattan landmark that served as the model for Superman’s Daily Planet building in the first two Superman films. The building was later converted to a residential complex in the 1990s.

The Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides access to digitized versions of the printed editions of the Yale Daily News, the nation’s oldest college newspaper. The archive is freely available to the public and includes over 140 years of YDN reporting. The Archive was migrated to a new platform in 2021 thanks to an anonymous gift. Submissions of letters to the editor and guest columns are welcome from anyone, but preference will be given to those with a strong connection to Yale-New Haven.

The southwestern Michigan county’s task force has identified education, treatment/recovery and access as the top priorities in fighting opioid addiction. Corewell Health has made naloxone, the lifesaving drug used to reverse an overdose, readily available to residents at select emergency departments and medical offices. The county is also working with community partners to develop new ways to combat the crisis, such as making naloxone more accessible through community pharmacies and providing it to students who are at high risk for an overdose. By promoting the use of the drug, the county hopes to cut the number of opioid-related deaths in Montcalm County by half in the next five years. The Montcalm County Opioid Task Force is partnering with local government and nonprofits to provide resources and training on how to administer the medication and help community members find support.