Founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News by Joseph Medill Patterson and later owned by Tribune Company of Chicago, it was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States. Its sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, and cartoons and entertainment features attracted readers, who helped it grow rapidly. It became the nation’s most popular newspaper in 1947.
The paper is still an important source of information in New York City. It maintains local offices in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens; within One Police Plaza at City Hall; at the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman building; and at various state and federal courthouses around the city. The Daily News has a national bureau in Washington, D.C., and operates a wire service that is available to other newspapers. It also has a foreign bureau in London.
Aside from the daily paper, it publishes a weekly newsmagazine called Weekend and several special issues each year, including the Yale-Harvard Game Day issue and the Commencement issue for graduating seniors. The paper has historically held a high editorial stance with a “flexibly centrist, if populist, legacy.”
As the country’s first and largest tabloid, the Daily News has long competed in circulation against its rival, the New York Post. It has maintained a strong presence in the city’s newspaper market, although its circulation has declined from its mid-20th century peak.
The Daily News has a wide variety of content, including intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip and classified ads, as well as an opinion section. It has a reputation for being the “paper of record” in the city, as evidenced by its obituaries and political coverage.
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