The Daily News, a tabloid newspaper published in New York City, is one of America’s most popular newspapers. It is known for its controversial reporting, celebrity gossip, and intense coverage of the city. Although its circulation has declined over the years, the Daily News has maintained a high level of popularity for many decades. As a result, the New York Daily News has won 11 Pulitzer Prizes and been the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Since its founding in 1919, the New York Daily News has been an important voice for the voiceless. From sex scandals to political wrongdoing, the paper has covered a wide range of subjects. Founded as the Illustrated Daily News, the paper was later renamed the Daily News. In 1947, the newspaper’s circulation reached a peak of 2.4 million copies a day. After that, the Daily News’ circulation continued to drop. Eventually, the company sold its assets to the Chicago-based media company Tronc.
Tronc, which was then called Tribune Publishing, bought the Daily News. In the ensuing years, the paper gained a reputation as a moderate, liberal alternative to the right-wing Post. Before the pandemic, Tribune Publishing offered buyouts to its journalists.
Despite its financial woes, the Daily News survived and continued to provide strong local news coverage. During its time as a tabloid, it became known for its lurid photographs and sensational crime stories. In fact, the newspaper was so popular that it was the model for the tabloid in the 1994 movie “The Paper.”
Andrew Conte’s book, Death of the Daily News, is a brilliant exploration of what it means to lose a local newspaper. It is written with empathy, and explores how a town must cope with the loss of its newspaper. Even though it is a study of the impact of losing a local paper, the book also points to the importance of keeping up with local news.
Throughout the book, Conte discusses how news deserts have become a growing problem in the United States. Instead of relying on traditional top-down journalism, citizens are now becoming their own gatekeepers of information. When a local newspaper goes out of business, citizens must rely on social media, blogs, and other forms of online communication to get their information. But with the proliferation of online content, it is now more difficult to separate facts from gossip.
Unlike many other books about the death of a local newspaper, Death of the Daily News is accessible to ordinary citizens. By examining how the community reacts when the Daily News is no longer in circulation, the author explores the various stages of grief. And, at the same time, it demonstrates how the newspaper’s legacy continues to influence the world today.
Andrew Conte’s book is a valuable resource for readers interested in analyzing how a local newspaper has been affected by the rise of the Internet. While it is not a scientific study, it is an important anatomy of what happens when a local newspaper dies.