For more than 140 years, the Yale Daily News has served as the campus newspaper of Yale University and the oldest college daily in the United States. It is published Monday through Friday during the academic year. The News has been financially and editorially independent since its founding on January 28, 1878. During its long history, many of the News’ student editors and writers have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and public service. These include William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Sargent Shriver, Paul Steiger, Strobe Talbott, and Garry Trudeau, among others.
The News publishes a variety of print and online products, including the Daily News, the Yale-Harvard Game Day Issue, the Commencement Issue, the First Year Issue, and several special issues each year in collaboration with Yale’s cultural centers and affiliated student groups. Its staff consists of full and part-time employees as well as student interns.
Each daily news article includes comprehension and critical thinking questions, as well as background information, links, and video clips to help students better understand the story. Each week, the Daily News also features a weekly Decoded column that looks at what’s behind the headlines.
Unlike other American newspapers, many of which have strong ideological biases, the Daily News tries to be neutral and fact-based in its coverage. However, in recent years it has been hurt by the economic downturn and a decline in newspaper readership. Nevertheless, the newspaper’s website traffic has recently begun to grow.
While some Americans have cut back on their newspaper subscriptions, most still consume news at least occasionally. The average American reads a dozen different newspapers each week, while more than half visit the websites of local and national news outlets. As the economy recovers, these numbers should increase.
Although the decline in print and digital subscriber counts has hampered the profitability of newspapers, they remain vital sources of information for many people. News organizations that rely on advertising revenue are especially vulnerable to economic downturns, as they depend on a consistent flow of paying advertisers in order to survive. In addition, the digital format of newspapers has lowered production costs and made them more competitive with television and online content.
The Daily News is a major news source in the New York City area. The paper’s flagship publication is the New York Daily News, a tabloid distributed throughout the metropolitan area. The News’ other major publications are the New Jersey Daily Journal, the Newark Post and the Westchester County Times. The paper has a reputation for investigative reporting and often uncovers political scandals. The News also focuses on celebrity and social events, and once ran the world’s largest picture bureau. Its building on East 42nd Street near Second Avenue was designed by architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, and was the model for the Daily Planet building in the first two Superman films. The building now houses WPIX-TV, which was formerly owned by the News.