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In its 20th-century heyday, the New York Daily News was a brawny metro tabloid that thrived on crime and scandal. Its reporters dug into the dark corners of society and were credited with laying the groundwork for the superhero comic strip Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and the later satirical tabloid The Daily Planet. It won a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1993 and, in 2017, shared the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism with ProPublica for uncovering police corruption of landlords evicting tenants.
Its current owner, Tribune Publishing, a Chicago newspaper chain, has been struggling financially. Its stock price has dropped nearly 40% since its peak in 2000, and the company announced in 2017 that it would sell The News to a cost-cutting hedge fund called Alden Global Capital. The purchase was completed in March 2018, when the Daily News became part of Tronc.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides access to digitized versions of printed issues of the Yale Daily News (YDN). The YDN was founded on January 28, 1878, making it the oldest college daily newspaper in the United States. The YDN has published every weekday during the academic year when classes are in session since its founding. The paper is edited and written by students, many of whom go on to prominent careers in journalism and public life. Past editors, writers and contributors include William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman and Sargent Shriver, as well as Pulitzer Prize winners for commentary and feature writing.
The YDN is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. It is supported by subscriptions, grants and gifts. Its website is free to use, and readers can sign up for a daily newsletter that highlights the best stories from the site. A mobile version is also available. YDN’s digital archives are searchable by topic, location and date. In addition to the daily paper, YDN publishes several special editions each year, including the Yale-Harvard game day issue and the Commencement Issue. The YDN has an extensive community of users on social media and its own web page. In recent years, it has partnered with organizations to celebrate indigenous, Black and Latino communities in the area.