The Daily News is an American morning tabloid newspaper, founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News and later the New York Daily News. It became the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States and grew to the largest circulation of any newspaper in the world, at its peak in 1947. Its subject matter was sensational, including scandals and violence, lurid photographs, and entertainment articles. It was also an early user of the Associated Press wirephoto service.
The paper carries out-of-town and national reporting, but has its strongest coverage in the city of New York. Local news includes crime, government, education, politics and business. The paper also has sections for sports, celebrity gossip, and classified ads. Its editorials are a mix of opinion and hard news. It is printed in black and white, although color can be used to highlight important photographs or other material.
In the 21st century, a variety of factors has caused newspapers to disappear in many communities. The result is a decline in public knowledge about the issues that affect communities. The situation is especially pronounced in small cities and rural areas, where the loss of a newspaper can have profound social consequences. In Death of the Daily News, Andrew Conte describes what happens when a newspaper dies in a town, how the community deals with the loss, and how some people are trying to revive local journalism.
Newspapers typically publish a wide range of subject matter, from international and national news to local and neighborhood news, and often include obituaries. They are usually printed on large sheets of paper that are folded before publication. Often they contain illustrations and photographs, either syndicated or taken by the newspaper’s own staff of photographers. Newspapers usually appear in black and white, but they can occasionally use color to highlight important features or to print obituaries.
Traditionally, the editorial stance of a newspaper has been moderately centrist. During the 1930s it supported isolationism, and from the 1940s through the 1960s espoused conservative populism. In the 1970s it shifted to a more liberal position. During the 1990s, it moved even further to the left.
Anyone can submit a column to the Daily News, but it is preferred that submissions come from individuals with a connection to Yale-New Haven. Articles should make a strong, defensible argument that uses credible evidence. Ideally, the topic should address a problem or issue that pertains to the Yale-New Haven community. The Daily News reserves the right to edit any submission and to contact the author for clarification. For more information on how to write a column for the newspaper, see our Newsroom Policies page.