Death of the Daily News

Daily news is an ongoing flow of information about current events and affairs. It can take the form of television and radio broadcasts, news websites or print publications such as newspapers and magazines. A condensed version of the day’s news is also often available on social media and blog sites.

The term can also be used to refer to specific news stories that have made headlines in the past. Examples include the discovery of the Titanic, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the capture of the Japanese leader who ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In this era of digital disruption, many communities are finding that their local newspaper is no longer viable. Known as “news deserts,” these places have little or no access to quality, independent journalism. But this does not necessarily mean the end of local news: rather, it means that citizens must learn to become their own gatekeepers. In Death of the Daily News, Andrew Conte explores what happens when a hometown paper dies and its residents struggle to find ways to fill the void.

A rich and fascinating anatomy of what happens when a community’s newspaper dies, this book reveals how a local tragedy is transformed into an opportunity for citizens to take control of their own destinies. In a time when the survival of local journalism is under serious threat, this is a necessary read that will resonate well beyond McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

In its heyday, the New York Daily News was one of the largest daily newspapers in the world, with a circulation that reached 2.4 million. It was the first tabloid in America and was known for its sensational coverage of crime, corruption, violence and lurid images, as well as entertainment features, cartoons and other leisure offerings. It fought a relentless battle for readers with its rival, the much more upscale New York Post, and at times seemed poised to collapse altogether.

The Yale Daily News Historical Archive contains digitized copies of the daily newspaper from its founding in 1878 to 1996. The archive is open to the public and provides full text searchability. A generous gift from an anonymous Yale College alumnus facilitated the migration of the Archive to a more user-friendly platform and will support ongoing maintenance of the archive.

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