The Daily News, founded in 1919 as the New York Daily News, is an American tabloid newspaper. It was the first daily paper published in tabloid format and had the highest circulation of any newspaper in the United States during its peak, at 2.4 million copies per day. The News is currently owned by Tronc, which purchased the newspaper in 2016.
During its long run as one of America’s most widely read newspapers, the Daily News had many highs and lows, but it was always at the forefront of local and national politics. It was known for its bold coverage of crime and the city’s urban slums, and it broke many stories that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. It was also a pioneer in the use of photography, and it is believed to be the first newspaper to publish color photographs.
The paper was the first major American newspaper to endorse Roosevelt’s New Deal programs in the 1930s and was a strong supporter of civil rights for blacks during that time. In addition to its long-running political coverage, the Daily News provided sports and entertainment news. The News was the first major newspaper to cover a wide range of cultural events, and it was also an early proponent of AIDS awareness.
From 1929 to 1995, the paper was headquartered in 220 East 42nd Street near Second Avenue. This building, designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, became an official city and national landmark in 1985 and was used as the model for the Daily Planet Building in the first two Superman films. The former News subsidiary WPIX-TV still occupies the space.
In its later years, the Daily News struggled to compete with rival tabloids such as the New York Post and lost much of its previous readership. Its editorial stance has varied over the years, from a staunchly conservative populism in the 1940s and 1950s to a moderately liberal position by the late 1970s. The paper has often been described as a “counterpoint” to the Post’s more sensational headlines.
The Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college newspaper and is the primary source of news and debate at Yale University. It is published every weekday during the academic year and is financially and editorially independent from the University. It is distributed to students at both the main and satellite campuses and to alumni. It also publishes a weekend supplement, the Yale Daily News Magazine, and several special issues each year including the Yale-Harvard Game Day Issue and the Commencement Issue. Its writers and editors have included William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Sargent Shriver, Strobe Talbott, and many other prominent journalists and public figures.