The New York Daily News is a New York City newspaper founded in 1858. It is the oldest of the major metropolitan newspapers in the United States and is one of the most influential newspapers in the world. In its early years, it was known for its ruthless pursuit of scandal and sensationalism. Today, the paper is more likely to be characterized as a centrist paper with a high-minded, if populist, legacy. The News’ editorial stance has varied over the years, from support of isolationism during World War II to conservative populism in the 1940s and ’60s, and more recently as an alternative to the right-wing New York Times.
In recent months, the newspaper has been rocked by a series of rapid-fire changes that have been triggered by the takeover of Tribune Publishing by cost-slashing hedge fund Alden Global Capital. Many of the paper’s staff have been forced to take buyouts, and others have had their contracts terminated. The newspaper has also reportedly outsourced its printing operations and is attempting to cut costs through layoffs and budget cuts.
During its long run as the city’s most dominant newspaper, the News has produced some of the most memorable articles in journalism history. Its writers and photographers have captured events of great significance from the city’s past, such as the assassination of President Kennedy, the birth of television, and the inauguration of Barack Obama. The newspaper has won many awards for its reporting, including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1996 and an Emmy Award for Best Continuing Coverage of a Breaking Story in 1998.
In addition to its main newspaper in Manhattan, the Daily News has local editions for Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx; a Sunday edition called, the Sunday News; and a number of specialty publications, including the magazine, New York, which was founded in 1922. The News has offices in various locations throughout the city, including at City Hall, One Police Plaza, and the state and federal courthouses.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive is an online collection of digitized issues of the newspaper dating back to its founding in 1878. This collection is available to anyone interested in the historical record of the newspaper and its role in the cultural life of New York City. It is part of the Yale Library’s Digital Repository and is free to access. The archive contains more than 140 years of YDN reporting and includes the full text of many digitized issues. For information about using this material, see the YDN Rights and Permissions site. YDN is the student newspaper of Yale University, and its journalists have gone on to notable careers in both journalism and politics. Among them are William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Sam Harris, Strobe Talbott, and many others. The newspaper has been the subject of numerous books and documentaries. The YDN has been a primary source of news and debate at Yale for more than 130 years.