The Daily News is an American tabloid newspaper based in New York City. It was founded in 1919 and was the first newspaper printed in tabloid format in the United States. It is currently owned by Tronc, which acquired the newspaper in 2017. The Daily News is the ninth largest newspaper in the country with a circulation of nearly two million copies each day. It is known for its sensational reporting on crime and celebrity news, as well as editorials, cartoons, and other entertainment features. The paper has a liberal media bias and is often contrasted with its rival, the New York Post, which has a more conservative media bias.
The newspaper was originally called the Illustrated Daily News and later changed its name to the Daily News in 1924. It quickly became the most popular tabloid in America and was renowned for its lurid crime and scandal stories, as well as its photographs. The paper also covered political wrongdoing, such as the Teapot Dome Scandal and social intrigue, such as the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. It also was an early user of the Associated Press wirephoto service and developed a large staff of photographers.
During the 1920s, the Daily News grew rapidly and was one of the largest newspapers in the world. Its success was due in part to the escalating economic depression, but also was fueled by its reputation for revealing embarrassing or damaging information about politicians and prominent people. The paper’s founder, Joseph Medill Patterson, hired many of the nation’s top reporters and was credited with advancing the art of investigative journalism.
In recent years, the newspaper has slashed its newsroom and suffered from falling circulation. Its current editor, Robert York, is working to reinvigorate the paper as an anti-Trump answer to the New York Post and has been credited with turning around its fortunes. He has made the website a major focus of the newspaper and has emphasized the use of mobile platforms.
The Daily News was purchased in 1993 by New York real estate developer Mortimer Zuckerman, who in 2017 sold the newspaper to Tribune Publishing for $1. The paper’s headquarters, the historic 5 Manhattan West building at 450 West 33rd Street (also known as “Manhattan West”), is an official New York City landmark designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. It was used as the model for the Daily Planet building in the first two Superman films.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides digitized versions of printed issues of the Daily News, from its founding in 1878 through 2016. The archive is open to all and includes more than 140 years of YDN coverage. Each digital issue is fully searchable and available in PDF format. YDN’s online archives are a unique resource for anyone interested in the history of journalism and the evolution of newspaper formats. The archive is maintained by the University Library’s News and Media Collections and is part of the Yale Open Collections program.