The Daily News is a New York City newspaper. Founded in 1919, it is the first tabloid newspaper published in the United States and is currently owned by Tribune Publishing Company (sold in 2017 to tronc). The paper has been one of the largest circulated newspapers in the United States for most of its history. The Daily News is known for sensational crime and celebrity coverage, lurid photographs, and cartoons. The newspaper’s early emphasis on scandal and political wrongdoing, including governmental corruption such as the Teapot Dome Scandal, helped popularize the term “political corruption.” The paper also featured social intrigue, such as Wallis Simpson’s romance with King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. The newspaper was also an early user of Associated Press wirephotos and developed a large staff of photographers.
Unlike many of its competitors, the Daily News has traditionally had a liberal-to-moderate media bias and has often been contrasted with its crosstown rival the New York Post, which is more conservative. In recent years, the News has shifted leftward, perhaps partially as a counter to the conservative polemics of its crosstown rival. Nevertheless, the newspaper still leans to the left of center and is often characterized as an ideological tabloid.
Yale University’s Daily News Historical Archive contains digitized versions of print issues of the newspaper from its founding in 1878 through 1996. The archive is open to the world and is maintained by a team of Yale College alumnae.
For more than a century, the Daily News has been the primary source of news and debate at Yale. It is the oldest college daily newspaper in the country and its student editors and writers have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and public service. Many have authored books and articles, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Sargent Shriver, Paul Steiger, Strobe Talbott, and Calvin Trillin.
In addition to its print editions, the newspaper has a highly active website, which provides breaking news and features. Its online version, News-2-You, enables students to connect with the weekly happenings in their community and keep up with important world events. The website’s Breaking News feature keeps subscribers up to date with important world and sports stories. Both News-2-You and Breaking News support literacy standards by requiring the reader to comprehend, synthesize, and communicate the main idea of each story.
The Daily News has been in the forefront of investigative journalism and has been a leading voice for the rights of minorities and women, among other causes. Its editorial content and columnists have been recognized for their effectiveness in affecting policy and changing public opinion. The newspaper has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.
The Daily News has an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Skews Left, which indicates that the Daily News’s perspective and coverage is dominated by liberal, progressive, or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas. Its reliability score is Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting.