Daily news is a collection of articles, typically from national and international sources. It is usually printed on large sheets of newsprint and folded. Often, it is illustrated and contains photographs, as well as editorials and insights. The articles in daily news are typically published on a variety of topics, from politics to sports to celebrities. In addition to daily news, newspapers may also publish classified advertisements and obituaries.
The Yale Daily News is the oldest college newspaper in the United States, founded on January 28, 1878. It is financially and editorially independent from the university. The News publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year, along with a weekend edition, the Yale Daily News Magazine and special issues throughout the year celebrating various cultural centers and student groups on campus.
During its golden age, the New York Daily News was one of the most popular American dailies. Its subject matter reflected the public’s appetite for scandal and sensation. Its editorial stance ranged from the New Deal era’s support for isolationism, to a populist conservative philosophy in the 1940s and 1960s. It fought a long circulation battle with its more sensational rival tabloid, the New York Post.
By the early 21st century, however, circulation had begun to decline. In addition, the Daily News lost its grip on the city’s political sphere. It was unable to compete with the Post’s titillating celebrity gossip, or its intense city news coverage. Its newspaper empire had expanded to include television and radio.
The newspaper stayed in business, however, and its editorial stance became more centrist and less conservative. It remained competitive with the Post until the 1970s, when it was purchased by the New York Times Company. The News continued to struggle with its bottom line until it was finally sold to Tronc, a media company owned by Tribune Publishing Company in 2017.
Today, newspapers are struggling to survive in the digital era. They face declining readership, increased competition from online sources and declining revenue from advertising. Many are folding or reducing their print run. In some cases, the number of employees has been cut to save money.
With the rapid changes taking place in the media industry, it is hard to predict what the future holds for local and regional newspapers. Many people fear that local journalism is in danger of dying out altogether. But as the story of the New York Daily News shows, it is possible to revive and thrive in the new environment. A well-researched and compelling book, Death of the Daily News offers clues as to how this might be accomplished. Andrew Conte writes with a clarity and depth that will appeal to readers both general and scholarly. He is also a persuasive advocate for the importance of local news. His analysis is a useful contribution to the ongoing discussion of how local journalism can thrive in our changing media landscape.