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The New York Daily News is an American morning tabloid newspaper founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News by Joseph Medill Patterson. It was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States and reached its peak circulation in 1947. The newspaper has been owned by the News Corporation since 1985.
At the turn of the 21st century, the Daily News remained one of America’s top-selling newspapers despite having lost its once-enviable position as the city’s leading tabloid. The newspaper was still one of the biggest in the country and was locked in a vicious circulation battle with its rival, the New York Post.
For decades, the Daily News maintained a conservative populist editorial stance and supported isolationism in the early stages of World War II. In the 1980s, it became more liberal and by the 1990s had positioned itself as a high-minded, if not always centrist, alternative to the right-wing New York Post.
Today, the Daily News remains the largest newspaper in New York and the third-largest in the United States with a print circulation of over 2 million. It is a flagship publication of News Corp. and is known for its investigative journalism, particularly in the area of politics and crime. The newspaper has a long tradition of public service and has been credited with helping to expose and prosecute corrupt officials, including mayors and governors of the state of New York.
Each article published in the Daily News includes comprehension and critical thinking questions, found below the article. These questions help students understand the story and support their writing. “Background” and “Resources” (including video clips, maps and links) are also provided to assist in the understanding of each story.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides access to digitized copies of the Yale Daily News, the nation’s oldest college daily newspaper, which was established on January 28, 1878. The archive is open to the world and includes over 140 years of YDN reporting. Many Yale Daily News staff members have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and public life, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Sargent Shriver, Strobe Talbott, and Calvin Trillin.
The Daily News was originally headquartered at 220 East 42nd Street, an official city and national landmark designed by architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. The building, later renamed Manhattan West, now houses the world headquarters of the Associated Press and is home to WPIX-TV.