The Daily News is the most popular newspaper in New York City. It was founded on January 28, 1878 and is the oldest college newspaper in the United States. Its 20th-century heyday saw it as a brawny metro tabloid that thrived on crime and corruption. It was a model for The Daily Planet, the tabloid depicted in the 1994 movie “The Paper,” and won Pulitzer Prizes for commentary, investigative reporting and international reporting. In its early decades the News espoused conservative populism and supported isolationism during World War II, but since the mid-1970s it has tended to favor moderately liberal policies.
Today, it is one of the largest daily newspapers in the United States and the only major metropolitan paper to have won a Pulitzer for editorial writing. It is also noted for its investigative reporting, especially into alleged wrongdoing by New York City political leaders. The News is often seen as an alternative to the more sensational rival tabloids of its day, including the New York Post and the even more aggressively right-wing Weekly World News.
The News provides extensive coverage of the arts, politics and sports, with a particular focus on local events. It has a strong following in New York and beyond, and a significant online readership. The website is updated throughout the day with breaking news, top stories and trending topics. Readers can subscribe to various editions for offline reading and share stories via email and social media. In addition to news and opinion, the Daily News also features classified ads, horoscopes, comics and a sports section.