Founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News, the New York City-based newspaper was the first successful tabloid in the United States. The paper attracted readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, and cartoons. The paper also included intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip and classified ads, a sports section, and an opinion page. The Daily News was one of the first newspapers to use wirephoto and to employ a staff of photojournalists.
The Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college daily newspaper, covering events at Yale University and in New Haven, Connecticut. The newspaper’s editorial staff is composed of students, faculty and alumni who work together to produce the newspaper and its weekly supplement WEEKEND. The News is independent of Yale and its administration, and operates as a non-profit, student-run organization. The News is distributed on Monday through Friday during the academic year and publishes special issues such as the Yale-Harvard game day issue and the Commencement issue.
The News provides breaking news and feature stories, as well as a range of popular community sections, including the food section, celebrity gossip, fashion, arts and entertainment and sports. It also offers a comprehensive range of advertising options to reach the local marketplace, including online classified ads, print and digital editions, and an E-dition.
In the early 20th century, the Daily News positioned itself as a rival to its more sensational competitor the New York Post, a position that it held until the mid-20th century when the newspaper began to shift its ideological stance. The News became a more centrist publication, supporting isolationism in the 1930s and 1940s and embracing populist conservatism throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
Today, the Daily News is owned by Tronc, a Chicago-based media company that has also purchased the Tribune Publishing Company and other newspapers. The News continues to compete with the Post and a host of other competitors in New York, and maintains an extensive network of newsrooms and a wide variety of digital platforms. It is also the owner of a cable television channel, WPIX-TV, that carries its namesake and a radio station, WFAN-FM, that simulcasts its AM namesake.