Daily news is a periodical publication that contains information about current events. The term is most commonly used to refer to printed newspapers but may also apply to online versions of the same publications or to television and radio broadcasts. In addition to news stories, newspapers often contain other features, such as comics, puzzles and advice. They are usually sold in shops and at newspaper stands, and can be delivered to homes or businesses. Newspapers can be found around the world and in many different languages.
Most newspapers are privately owned, but some are owned by governments or public entities, and a small number are government-run. The profitability of a newspaper depends on subscription revenue, sales at newsstands and the payment by other businesses or individuals for advertising space. Regardless of their source of revenue, most newspapers strive for high editorial independence and journalism quality. In the United States, some newspapers with very large circulation and/or a distinguished journalistic legacy are regarded as newspapers of record.
Newspapers are typically published on a weekly or daily basis and contain information about current events, as well as opinion pieces and local news. The majority of them are printed on inexpensive paper known as newsprint. Some major newspapers also have electronic editions, which are based on the same content as the print version but are distributed over the Internet. These digital editions are also known as e-newspapers or e-papers.
The newspaper industry is struggling to adapt to changes in the way people get their news, including a decline in traditional subscriptions and increasing competition from other media sources. As a result, most print newspapers have cut costs and laid off staff in an attempt to remain competitive. Many have also shifted their focus to online and mobile platforms.
Historically, newspapers have been politically influential and have advocated for social, economic and political change. They have also played a key role in the development of democracy and other political institutions. Currently, newspapers are still an important medium for disseminating news and information in the United States, but their influence is declining.
Some newspapers have specialized in particular topics, such as business or sports, while others are intended for readers with a broad range of interests. There are also English-language newspapers that have a global reach and serve expatriates and tourists. In addition, many non-English-language newspapers now have scaled-down English editions that are considered international editions.
The New York City-based Daily News was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States. Founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News by Joseph Medill Patterson, it attracted readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs and cartoons. The newspaper was headquartered at the News Building on 42nd Street between Second and Third Avenues, an official city and national landmark designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. The building was subsequently moved to 450 West 33rd Street, now called Manhattan West. The News was renamed the Daily News in 1929.