The Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college newspaper and has been editorially independent since its founding on January 28, 1878. The paper publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year in cooperation with Yale’s centers and student groups and serves the communities of both Yale and New Haven. Many of its alumni have gone on to distinguished careers in journalism and public service, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Sargent Shriver, and Strobe Talbott.
The current version of the Daily News was founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson as the New York Daily News (not to be confused with the earlier Daily News of 1855–1906, which was a tabloid newspaper). The paper became one of the first and most successful U.S. tabloids, attracting readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal and lurid photographs, as well as cartoons and entertainment features. The New York Daily News was also a leader in the use of photographic wire services.
In the 1920s and 1930s, the newspaper 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). It also focused on foreign affairs, as did its rival the Post. The Daily News was a pioneer in using Associated Press wirephotographs, and built up an extensive staff of photographers.
After the end of World War II, the newspaper shifted its stance to more of a centrist or moderately liberal position. In recent decades, it has continued to broaden its readership and its coverage, becoming increasingly liberal. It has also become more focused on local and sports coverage, as its competitor the New York Times has leaned more towards traditional conservative journalism.
In addition to its flagship print edition, the Daily News has an online presence and provides digital subscriptions for schools. The site includes breaking news, a live video feed, sports coverage, and opinion pieces. The website also offers a comprehensive selection of archives.
The Daily News also has a weekly television show, the Daily News Live, which airs every Sunday at 9:00 am ET on WABC-TV. The show is hosted by Erin Hill and has been running for over 10 years. The program covers a variety of topics and often features interviews with notable guests.
The New York Daily News is an affiliate of the Tribune Publishing Company, which includes newspapers across the United States. On May 21, shareholders approved a takeover of Tribune Publishing by hedge fund Alden Global Capital. The deal threatens the jobs of thousands of workers, including those at the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. Workers at the papers voted to unionize, and have been stepping up their efforts against the takeover through multiple protests. The New York City chapter of the NewsGuild has filed a lawsuit against Tribune, saying that the takeover would be detrimental to its members and the public.