In the digital age, it’s easy to get your daily news right from your phone. Gone are the days of flipping through morning cable news while getting ready or commuting to work; instead, your smartphone has become the new car radio when it comes to staying up-to-date on breaking stories. From email newsletters to apps, here are seven ways you can start your day off informed.
The Daily News app gives you access to the latest national and local news from New York City and beyond. The app features award-winning writers, columnists and opinion formers, and offers live coverage of national and local politics, as well as New York Yankees, Mets and Giants news. You can also follow the latest in celebrity and entertainment news.
Founded in 1919, the New York Daily News was the first tabloid newspaper to prosper in the United States. It found ample subject matter in lurid crime stories, political wrongdoing (such as the Teapot Dome scandal) and social intrigue (the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII). Eventually it became the country’s most popular daily newspaper, with a circulation peak of 2.4 million copies in 1947.
Today, the Daily News has a lower weekday circulation of just over 100,000 and is struggling under a debt load of more than $800 million. Its owners, a hedge fund called Alden Capital, have been reorganizing the company and implementing layoffs since last year.
Like many other newspapers, the Daily News has been shedding staff in recent years as it struggles to find profitable business models. As the number of employees has dropped, so too has its advertising revenue. The result is that the paper now depends on its website for most of its revenue, which in turn relies on Google and Facebook ads to keep it running.
A longtime reader of the paper, I’m sorry to see the newsroom shrink and to learn of the upcoming closure. But I’m also glad that the paper continues to exist at all, and that its reporters continue to do good work.
As its name suggests, this Yale University daily delivers daily news to its student readers. It’s the oldest college daily in the nation, and its alumni have gone on to careers in journalism and public life, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Sargent Shriver and Strobe Talbott.
This smart iPhone and iPad app curates top news stories from a variety of sources, including NBC News, MSNBC, TIME, The Huffington Post, Quartz and Bleacher Report. It has an intuitive swipe-based interface and filters stories by topic. You can even follow topics that you’re interested in and receive notifications when new stories appear. You can download the app for free on iTunes and Android.