Death of the Daily News

The New York Daily News is an American tabloid newspaper that covers news and current events in the New York City area and beyond. It is known for its brawny metro tabloid style, deep coverage of crime and corruption, and celebrity gossip. Its 220 East 42nd Street building, designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, is an official New York City landmark and served as the model for The Daily Planet, the newspaper depicted in the first two Superman films.

The paper is owned by Tronc, a Chicago-based media company that acquired it from publisher Mortimer Zuckerman in 2017 for $1. The Daily News and other local newspapers across the country have been struggling financially for years, and have faced challenges with readership shifting from print to digital. The loss of these local papers has had a devastating impact on communities. In his book, Death of the Daily News, Andrew Conte explores the impact on a Pennsylvania town as it lost its local newspaper. The book is a compelling, intelligent read that will appeal to a wide audience of readers.

In its 20th-century heyday, the Daily News was a brawny metro tabloid that thrived on scoops and beats, including exposing police corruption, and earned Pulitzer Prizes in commentary and international reporting. In the 1990s, it merged with the New York Post to become one of America’s largest dailies, but struggled in the wake of declining circulation, and was sold to real estate developer Mortimer Zuckerman for less than $100 million.

By the late 2000s, the newspaper was losing money and its circulation continued to decline. In 2011, it was reported that the Daily News would close, but it was saved by a sale to Tribune Publishing (now Tronc) for $1 in 2017. The new ownership has been aggressively cutting costs and reducing staff. The eviscerating of the newspaper has led to protests by employees, and calls for local benefactors to “save” the newspaper.

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