The Yale Daily News

A daily news is a newspaper published on a regular basis, often covering current events. Some examples are The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

For more than 130 years, the Yale Daily News has provided students with a forum to report on, discuss and analyze contemporary issues of public concern. It is the oldest college daily in the United States. Yale Daily News articles and stories provide readers with the opportunity to learn more about the world around them, develop analytical skills and become better informed citizens. Each article contains comprehension and critical thinking questions for students.

The New York Daily News was a tabloid newspaper that was once the largest in the country. The newspaper was founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News, a subsidiary of the Tribune Company, and changed its name to the Daily News in 1921. It found its niche on the subway system, where commuters appreciated its smaller size and tabloid layout. Its titillating and scandalous coverage of crime, murder, and political corruption appealed to the masses, and its lurid photographs and cartoon strips were popular among many readers.

Throughout the 1920s, the Daily News thrived and grew in size, becoming an early user of the Associated Press wirephoto service and developing a large staff of photographers. It also covered political wrongdoing such as the Teapot Dome Scandal and social intrigue such as the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. In 1947, the newspaper reached its peak circulation with over a million daily subscribers.

By the early 1980s, the Daily News began to lag behind its competitors. Labor costs consumed a significant percentage of its revenue, and the newspaper yielded to union demands in a way that ultimately made it less profitable. In 1982, its parent, the Tribune Company, offered it up for sale. Closing the paper altogether was considered but ruled out due to the cost of severance pay and pensions, which would have amounted to more than $100 million.

In 1985, publisher Mortimer Zuckerman stepped in to buy the Daily News. He instituted several big changes in an attempt to revitalize the newspaper and turn it into a serious tabloid. Among them, he increased the number of color presses at the paper, bringing it up to par with its competition. He also reorganized the editorial department, which included firing half of its editors, a move that was met with much controversy. The Daily News began to recoup its losses and by the end of the decade was once again profitable.