A daily news (or daily) is a newspaper that is published each day, except on Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. The term “daily” is often used to refer to a newspaper in the United States, but it may also refer to newspapers in other countries. A daily newspaper may be a morning paper or an evening paper, and it may have a variety of sections including world news, local news, politics, business, celebrity, and sports news. A daily newspaper can be a printed or online publication, and it may contain editorials, letters to the editor, features, and classified ads.
The New York City Daily News was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States. Founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News, it aimed to attract readers with sensational stories of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, and entertainment news. The paper became one of the largest in the country, and at its peak it had a circulation of more than 2,000,000. The newspaper was known for its sexy and sensational articles, but it also included serious journalism and investigative reporting.
During the Depression, the paper continued to find plenty of material, from political wrongdoing like the Teapot Dome Scandal to social intrigue such as the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. The Daily News was an early user of the Associated Press wirephoto service and developed a team of top photographers. Its cartoons and comics section also attracted a loyal following.
In the 20th century, the News struggled against the more popular rival New York Post and was criticized for its sensational and often sexist coverage of women. Nonetheless, it still managed to hold the city’s attention until it lost some of its former circulation in the 21st century.
Since the newspaper was bought by cost-slashing hedge fund Alden Global Capital in 2018, many of its staffers have been subjected to rapid changes, including buyouts and layoffs. As of this writing, the Daily News is continuing to publish, but it’s unclear whether it will continue in its current form.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive includes digitized copies of the newspaper’s printed issues. The archive is open to the public and contains more than 140 years of YDN history. The archive was made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous Yale College alumnus, which facilitated the migration of the Archive to its new platform and the addition of issues through 2021. The Yale Daily News reserves the right to edit submissions, and it will contact authors regarding any major changes. For more information, see the Newsroom Policies page.