The Daily News is Closing Its New York Office

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The Daily News has been at the forefront of the city’s journalism since its founding in 1878. In its early-20th-century heyday, it was a brawny metro tabloid that thrived when it dug into crime and corruption. It was a model for The Daily Planet of “Superman” fame, and it has won Pulitzer prizes in commentary, feature writing and international reporting.

The newspaper’s website contains the most up-to-date national and local news from New York and around the world, as well as New York-exclusives, politics and sports. In addition, the paper’s award-winning writers and columnists provide a range of informed opinions on local and national issues, and no one covers New York’s Yankees, Mets, Giants and other teams like the Daily News.

A week ahead of a harrowing deal vote, workers at the 102-year-old New York Daily News are fighting back with three legal fights, multicity rallies and written pleas for new owners. The staff is enraged at the relentless cost-slashing of their parent company, Tribune Publishing, by ruthless hedge fund owner Heath Freeman’s Alden Global Capital.

In a move that would have been unthinkable before the coronavirus pandemic, The Daily News — once the country’s largest-circulation newspaper — said Wednesday it was closing its physical newsroom. Tribune, which bought the paper in 2017 and changed its name to Tronc, also has shut newsrooms at The Orlando Sentinel, The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., and the Chicago Tribune.

The Daily News’s top editor has resigned, the latest blow to a newspaper that has suffered for years under the control of an abrasive hedge fund. Its circulation is down sharply from its high point in the mid-1980s, and the paper has been losing money for years as it struggles to keep pace with digital competitors.

On the bright side, it is finally getting more revenue from subscriptions and digital advertising. But that hasn’t been enough to offset losses from the shrinking print edition and the cost-cutting that has sucked much of its editorial talent.

The Yale Daily News, founded in January 28, 1878, is the nation’s oldest college daily. It is financially and editorially independent from the university and serves the Yale and New Haven communities. In addition to its daily edition, the News publishes a Friday supplement called WEEKEND and several special issues each year, including the Yale-Harvard game day issue, Commencement issue and First Year Issue. The News also offers cultural and community issues celebrating Indigenous, Black and AAPI communities in collaboration with Yale’s cultural centers and affiliated student groups. It is the official conference reporter for the American Society of Clinical Oncology, providing scientific and educational summaries of oncology conferences to the medical community. The News is read by about 30,000 people each day. Its website receives more than 500,000 unique visitors each month. In addition to its online presence, the News is distributed on campus and in downtown New Haven. Its offices are in a former church at 450 West 33rd Street, which straddles the tracks leading into Pennsylvania Station.