The Daily News


Founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News by Joseph Medill Patterson, it was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States. The paper attracted readers by sensational coverage of crime, corruption and violence, lurid photographs, and other entertainment features. The Daily News also emphasized 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. The Daily News became an early user of Associated Press wirephoto service and developed a large staff of photographers.

The News was once the most popular newspaper in the world, with a peak circulation of 2.4 million copies a day. It was one of the most influential American newspapers and a model for many other publications, including its rival the New York Post and the Boston Globe. In the early 21st century the News was still a powerful force in city news, but its circulation continued to decline. In 2017, businessman Mortimer Zuckerman sold the paper to Tronc.

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