The Daily News is a newspaper founded in 1919. The paper was one of the first tabloid newspapers in the United States and was known for its sensational crime, scandal, and violence coverage as well as celebrity gossip, classified ads, and other entertainment features. It also covered the city and provided in-depth local news and sports coverage. The New York Times has described the News’s editorial stance as “flexibly centrist with a high-minded, if populist, legacy”.
In its early days, the Daily News was a staunch Republican newspaper and supported isolationism in the early stages of World War II. However, the newspaper later shifted its views and became more moderately liberal in the 1970s and 1980s. The newspaper’s shift to a more liberal stance was largely due to competition with the New York Post, which was more conservative and had become a major rival for readers in the metro New York area.
Since its beginnings, the newspaper has been owned by various companies. In 2018, Tribune Publishing, the owner of the Daily News and several other major newspaper brands, sold The Daily News to a group led by billionaire investor Alden Global Capital. The deal was approved by the News’ shareholders and is expected to close in 2020.
A day after the sale, The Daily News announced that it would cease publication as a physical newspaper in 2022, with the move to digital-only publishing expected to save money and allow the newspaper to focus on investigative journalism and cover breaking news events. The newspaper will continue to publish online and via its mobile apps.
The Daily News also has a large archive of its old print issues, some of which are available through the Yale Daily News Historical Archive. The Archive is open to the public and includes more than 140 years of YDN reporting. The Archive was migrated to a new platform in 2021 thanks to an anonymous gift from a Yale alumnus that has allowed the Library to expand the Archive with older issues not already in its collection.
The News offers a wide variety of news stories every day, from national and international affairs to sports, business, and more. Its award-winning writers and columnists bring the city’s most compelling stories to life. Its extensive local news and sports coverage include the Yankees, Mets, Giants, and Jets. The Daily News is also the go-to source for New York City politics and policy, and it is the only newspaper that covers all of Manhattan. The News also publishes a number of editorial pieces that are syndicated around the country and abroad. These include columns by Dick Young, Jimmy Cannon, and Bill Gallo, as well as opinion pieces from other notable New Yorkers.