The Daily News is an American tabloid newspaper founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson as the Illustrated Daily News. It was the first U.S. daily printed in tabloid format and reached its peak circulation in 1947, when it was the largest newspaper in the United States. It was eventually eclipsed by the New York Post, which adopted a similar format in 1930. The News aimed to attract readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, celebrity gossip, classified ads, and comics as well as intense city news coverage and sports.
Despite the popularity of the tabloids, mainstream newspapers struggled to compete with them and merged or shut down. In the 1920s, the News and other popular dailies emphasized political wrongdoing such as the Teapot Dome Scandal and social intrigue like the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. They also devoted much attention to photography; the News was an early user of the Associated Press wirephoto service in the 1930s and developed a large staff of photographers.
In recent decades, the News has shifted its editorial stance to become more moderate, akin to that of the New York Times, with a high-minded, if populist, legacy. During the 1940s and 1950s, the News supported isolationism and was a staunch Republican newspaper. By the mid-1970s it began to shift its stance, becoming more liberal.
The Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college daily newspaper, founded on January 28, 1878, and has been financially and editorially independent since its inception. It is published Monday through Friday during the academic year, and distributes throughout the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. It has a number of special issues each year, including the Yale-Harvard game day issue, graduation issue, and the first-year issue.
The newspaper is a member of the National Newspaper Association and has won numerous awards. Its web site includes an extensive video library of original content, as well as archival and current news footage. The paper also has a mobile app that allows users to read the Daily News while on the go. The Daily News is owned by Tribune Publishing, which also owns the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and several other major metro newspapers. Tribune Publishing is currently being bought by a hedge fund, Alden Global Capital, which has been slashing costs at its newspapers and outsourcing printing services in order to boost profits.