The Yale Daily News Archive

Daily News

The New York Daily News, once the nation’s most popular tabloid newspaper, drew readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal and lurid photographs. The paper also featured extensive city news coverage, celebrity gossip, classified ads and comics.

The obituary for local journalism has been bleak, with newspaper staffs shrinking and the decline of print circulation. But in many places, citizens are stepping into the breach and becoming gatekeepers to information for their communities. And some are even finding new ways to tell stories.

In this digital age, we owe it to ourselves and to our children to keep the story of how news is made alive. This rich and fascinating book shows us what happens when a newspaper dies, how it might be revived, and what can be done to save the future of news in America.

This Yale Daily News Historical Archive is a remarkable collection of more than 130 years of the daily news publication that was the primary source of news and debate on the campus of Yale University, one of the oldest colleges in the country. The archives are made available thanks to the generous support of an anonymous Yale alumnus.

About the Archive

Founded in 1919, the New York Daily News became the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States. In its heyday, the newspaper was a major contender with the more-sensational rival New York Post. Its editorial stance varied from the 1940s through the 1960s, but it tended toward a high-minded, if populist, legacy.

The vast majority of YouTube news channels are affiliated with a news organization, and the largest group are television stations (22%). These include national outlets like CNN or Fox News as well as local broadcast and cable TV newsrooms from around the country, including CBS News Los Angeles and WXYZ-TV Detroit. There are also a number of news websites, such as BuzzFeed or the Washington Post, and a small number of online-only independent channels.

A significant share of these channels (29%) focus on politics, with the bulk of them focusing on the current presidential administration. Of these, a surprisingly large percentage are focused on Trump himself. Among all video channels, videos that focused on Trump averaged nearly twice as many views as those that were about domestic issues or other topics.

About a quarter of all YouTube news channels have been created by a personality, typically the host of a radio or television show. A smaller share are created by news organizations or academics. The most common topic for news videos is politics (39%). However, more than half of all video channels do not focus on a specific political issue, and about a third do not focus on a particular event or issue at all. As such, it is difficult to discern a pattern or trend in the most popular videos on these sites.