In its 20th-century heyday, the Daily News was a brawny metro tabloid that thrived on crime and corruption. It served as the model for The Daily Planet, home of Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the first two Superman films, and won Pulitzer Prizes in commentary, feature writing and international reporting. It is also famous for its big-city news coverage, celebrity gossip, classified ads and comics. Its building, 220 East 42nd Street near Second Avenue, was an official city and national landmark designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood (it features a giant globe and weather instruments in its lobby) and later became the headquarters of the former News subsidiary WPIX-TV, which still occupies the space.
The Yale Daily News, the nation’s oldest college newspaper, is financially and editorially independent of Yale University and serves the student body of Yale and New Haven. The paper is published Monday through Friday during the academic year. Its special issues include the Yale-Harvard Game Day Issue, Commencement Issue and First Year Issue. It also publishes a weekly WKND supplement, the Yale Daily News Magazine and several annual specials.
In addition to the daily paper, the News has a website, which includes its national and local news coverage as well as the full contents of its archives, including the full daily editions of the paper from 1929 to 1995. The website is updated throughout the day.
The News’s editorial stance was conservative during its early days, reflecting the isolationism of the early 1940s, and then shifted to a more Democratic perspective during the 1960s. From the 1990s onward, it has embraced centrist liberalism with a high-minded, if populist, legacy.
As of late, the News has been in the midst of financial trouble, with its owner, Tribune Publishing (known as Tronc), cutting back on costs and laying off staff. The News’s circulation has dropped significantly since its peak in the mid-1990s.
A new book by the longtime journalist Andrew Conte offers a troubling look at what happens when a community loses its local newspaper, with a specific example from McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Conte writes perceptively and with empathy, even as he sounds the alarm about a growing number of “news deserts” in America.
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