Founded in 1919, the Daily News was the first U.S. daily printed in tabloid format and remains New York City’s largest newspaper with an average circulation of 200,000. The paper is well-known for its sensational coverage of crime, scandal, and violence and its lurid photographs, but it also publishes newsworthy articles, sports, cartoons, and entertainment features. The News has long been engaged in a battle for circulation with its crosstown rival, the New York Post. In recent years, the Daily News has shifted its stance from self-proclaimed Republicanism to a moderate-to-liberal bias, and frequently clashes with the Post’s more conservative polemics.
As the paper struggles to survive a relentless wave of cost-cutting by its hedge fund owners, many staff members have left, and the publication is attempting to find ways to remain relevant in the age of digital media. This fascinating book explores what happens when a newspaper dies in a community, and how a local journalism industry can evolve to meet the needs of a changing news environment.
The first half of the book discusses the history of the Daily News and its attempts to stay competitive, while the second part discusses the current state of journalism in the United States and how the newspaper industry is evolving with the advent of online journalism. The book’s authors argue that, despite the challenges of changing times, it is still possible to create a successful model for local news.
While a little dated, the book’s overall point is still valid, and it should be required reading for anyone interested in how journalism works or who has concerns about the future of local news. The New York Public Library’s collections contain a wide range of Daily News materials, including issues from the past and recent editions. Its archives also include a number of historical newspapers from the New York area and beyond.
In addition to the Daily News’ own website, which is updated throughout the day, the Library offers online access to a variety of historic and current newspapers through our ProQuest Northeast Regional Historical Newspapers collection and Global Newsstream. Both resources can be accessed with your library card at home.
The Library’s digital collections include the full-text and page images of many of the newspapers in the collection. You can also find a selection of recent daily editions in the Digital Library, which you can browse by title or search for specific news items. The earliest newspapers in the collection are from the 1920s and 1930s, when the News had a strong reputation for investigative reporting. For example, the News broke a story about Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII in 1935 that led to the latter’s abdication. The story was widely picked up by other newspapers and became known as the “Wallis Simpson scandal.” The newspaper also won fame for its photojournalism when in 1928 a reporter strapped a camera to his leg and captured an image of Ruth Snyder being executed in the electric chair.