In the early 1900s, the Daily News was one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the world. At its peak, it had a circulation of 2.4 million copies each day. It had a high-minded, if populist, legacy that was marked by an unwavering commitment to truth, fairness and civic responsibility. The News’ editorial stance was flexible, however, and it often took on a distinctly liberal tone, especially in response to the rise of right-wing conservatism in the 1940s and 1950s.
During its long history, the New York City-based newspaper has been home to many prominent journalists and writers, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Sargent Shriver, Paul Steiger, Strobe Talbott, and Calvin Trillin. Its editorial page has been the crucible of countless ideas and debates, and it has played an important role in shaping the city’s political landscape.
Today, the News is one of America’s largest and most influential metropolitan newspapers, with a daily circulation of more than 1.5 million. It offers a full spectrum of print and online news, entertainment, sports, comics, classified ads, and opinion columns. The paper’s extensive city news coverage is known for its depth and quality. It has the largest local bureaus in the nation, with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, at City Hall, within One Police Plaza, and at other major government facilities and courthouses. It also has a number of suburban bureaus, and maintains offices in Manhattan, Queens, and the Hudson Valley.
The New York Daily News is the flagship publication of Tribune Publishing, a large newspaper company that includes the Chicago Tribune and several other metro and regional newspapers. Its owners, the hedge fund Alden Global Capital, have been implementing a series of cost-cutting measures that have led to a deep case of the jitters in its newsrooms.
Amid this turmoil, Tribune Publishing employees voted overwhelmingly to join the NewsGuild of New York, and it has taken up the challenge of organizing a massive protest against the hedge fund’s takeover.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive consists of the archives for the Yale Daily News, the oldest college newspaper in the United States. This archive, curated by the Yale Library, provides access to all articles published in the paper from its first issue in 1896 through 2021. In 2021, an anonymous Yale alumnus made a significant gift that facilitated the migration of this collection to a new and improved platform and allowed for the addition of issues through the present.