The New York Daily News has been a leading voice for the voiceless in American journalism for more than a century. It began as an illustrated daily newspaper in 1919 and grew into a tabloid, reaching peak circulation in 1947 at 2.4 million copies a day. In the 1970s, the Daily News began to change, shifting its editorial stance from a staunchly conservative newspaper to a moderate liberal alternative to the right-wing Post. While the Daily News is still known for its investigative reporting, it has also won a number of Pulitzer Prizes for its commentary.
Throughout its storied history, the Daily News has cast its wary eyes across five boroughs of New York City. Its emphasis on social intrigue and crime has captivated readers. And despite its recent financial woes, it continues to provide a strong, local news service.
The Daily News has won a number of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the New York Press Association Award for Commentary. But it is also a popular paper for those who don’t have a lot of time to read. Aside from the headlines, it offers a variety of popular platforms for interacting with readers. Users can download the newspaper to read offline, share stories via email, and swipe between pages. These digital features make reading easier than ever.
Despite its success, the Daily News has endured financial trouble for decades. In the 1990s, it went into bankruptcy and was eventually purchased by Mortimer B. Zuckerman, a real estate developer and media mogul. After he sold the paper to Tronc in 1993, the newsroom staff was slashed in half and a pay cut implemented. Earlier this year, a coronavirus pandemic forced many Daily News reporters to work remotely.
During the height of the Daily News’s popularity, the newspaper featured prominent photographs for its news coverage and for sports. It also offered award-winning writers and cartoons. The newspaper was described as a “populist” newspaper by the New York Times, and its editorial stance was described as “high-minded” and “flexibly centrist.”
As the Daily News has struggled financially, some of the people who have been crucial to the paper’s success have moved on. Jim Rich, a former top editor at the newspaper, was fired, and John York, a former executive at WPIX-TV, became the new head of the paper.
Despite its troubles, the Daily News has continued to be one of the nation’s most popular newspapers. In 2017, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Along with its news coverage, it also includes a sports section, a classified ads section, and an opinion section.
In the book, Death of the Daily News, Andrew Conte presents the story of the newspaper and its effect on a small town in Pennsylvania. He does so in an insightful and compassionate manner. Although the book is a scholarly work, it’s easy to follow along. His use of compelling prose and the ability to convey the emotional impact of a lost newspaper creates a memorable and accessible reading experience.