The Daily News is a morning newspaper in New York City. It is one of the top selling newspapers in the United States. With a circulation of more than 200,000 copies per day, it has become a household name. Not only does the newspaper cover news and sports, but it also has a wide range of features. Readers can access the paper through an interactive version, download the edition for offline reading, and share stories through email. You can even read the paper on mobile devices!
Founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News, the Daily News is a pioneering tabloid paper in the United States. In the early days of the paper, the paper published lurid photographs and sensational crime coverage. By the 1920s, the paper had a circulation of 1.5 million. During the 1940s and 1960s, the paper promoted an aggressively conservative and populist editorial stance. This stance was characterized as “high-minded,” and according to the New York Times, it espoused “flexibly centrist views.” However, as technology advances, the Daily News’ circulation has declined, and readers are finding themselves in a new local news desert.
Andrew Conte has written Death of the Daily News as a poignant and affecting look at the aftermath of a local newspaper’s death. While the book is a work of fiction, it is an accessible and rich account of what happens after a newspaper dies. He has extensive experience in both national and local news, and is able to draw on his personal experience to illuminate the importance of local journalism.
At the heart of the book are a series of stories about the impact of the Daily News on local communities. The story of how the community of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, has come to terms with the loss of its local paper is a case study of what happens when a newspaper dies. Along the way, we see how the community of McKeesport struggled to keep the facts straight while turning to social media for the news.
Another fascinating story that ties into the Death of the Daily News is a project to preserve the blueprints of Michigan State Hospital and Michigan Reformatory. Those original plans date back to before the U.S. joined the union, and an official from Ionia County was instrumental in spearheading the effort. As a result of this endeavor, a wealth of fragile historic maps have been digitized, and the blueprints for the buildings of both institutions are now available online.
Throughout the book, Conte provides compelling insights into the different stages of grief, as the reader learns about the loss of a town’s local paper. As we watch the community go through each stage, we are left with an understanding of how we can find a new kind of local news.
The Death of the Daily News is a book that is accessible to anyone, from scholars to the average reader. It is a testament to the power of local journalism, and an important reminder of how people in communities are finding ways to find their voice in the digital age.