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The New York Daily News is a tabloid newspaper in the city of New York, founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News by Joseph Medill Patterson and owned by the Tribune Company of Chicago. The Daily News was the first successful tabloid in the United States and reached its peak circulation in 1947. It attracted readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, and entertainment features. Its editorial stance was initially moderately centrist, but in the 1940s and ’60s it became more conservative in line with its sister publication, the Chicago Tribune, favoring isolationism.
Today, the Daily News is a morning paper with extensive local coverage of New York and its surrounding communities. It also features intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip, classified ads, comics, and a sports section. It is a strong supporter of the Yankees and Mets, and the newspaper often covers the city’s political scene. The Daily News has a long history of supporting the arts and community groups and is a major donor to charities.
The paper is based in the iconic News Building at 220 East 42nd Street, designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, which was used as a model for the Daily Planet building in the first two Superman films. The News also operates its television and radio subsidiaries, including WPIX-TV and a simulcast of FM radio station WFAN.
In the summer of 2018, the Daily News announced that it would be eliminating its summer journalism internship program due to budget cuts. This move was widely criticized by the wider journalism industry and many people were concerned that it would lead to a loss of talent for the paper and that the quality of its coverage would decline.
As the Daily News continues to cut costs and shrink its staff, it has been struggling to maintain a level of quality that the community has come to expect. This was reflected in its recent loss of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, which was awarded to the Boston Globe for a piece about racial profiling by police.
It remains to be seen whether the Daily News will regain its former status as a leading source of news for New Yorkers and the nation. Its future, along with the fate of other local papers across America, is an important story to follow. The tragic death of local newspapers has been well documented, but it’s still not fully understood what the societal consequences are of this development. This book, which follows the struggle of a town to overcome the death of its newspaper, helps to fill in that picture.