The Daily News is a morning American tabloid newspaper. It was founded in 1919 and once had the highest circulation of any daily newspaper in the world. The News has a long history of sensational coverage, particularly of crime and celebrity gossip, and its front page headlines have become iconic. The News also has a large staff of columnists and opinion formers, as well as intense city news coverage, a celebrity section and the best in sports and entertainment.
The News also has a large number of local offices, including those in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, at New York City Hall and within One Police Plaza. It is available online, via mobile devices and at more than 650 newsstands throughout the five boroughs and in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. It is distributed free of charge and is read by many commuters, although it has a relatively small subscriber base compared to its competitors.
In addition to its news and sports sections, the paper carries extensive business coverage. It is a major source of information about Wall Street, the stock market and the economy. The News has a number of editorial departments, including the City Room, an opinion column edited by James Wolcott and other prominent writers, as well as a dedicated politics section. The paper’s op-ed columns are among the most influential in the country.
Other topics covered include the arts, social issues and local government. In the past, it was an important force in the fight against racial discrimination in housing and employment. It was also a leader in the early days of journalism on the Internet, using its website as an outlet for its editorials and columns.
As an example of its controversial coverage, the newspaper once printed a photograph of Ruth Snyder being electrocuted in her electric chair, taken by a News reporter who strapped a camera to his leg. The News was also known for its investigative journalism and political exposés.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides access to digitized versions of the print editions of the newspaper published from January 28, 1878, through 1996. This collection includes articles, photographs and graphics, as well as the corresponding original page layouts. The archive is maintained by the Yale University Library and funded by a gift from an anonymous Yale College alumnus. The Archive is freely available to the public. Unauthorized reproduction of YDN content is prohibited.