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Founded in 1919, the New York Daily News was the first successful tabloid newspaper in America and once boasted circulation of 200,000 daily. The paper became famous for sensational crime and scandal coverage, lurid photographs, and cartoons, as well as its rivalry with its more conservative rival, the New York Post.
The newspaper is owned by Tronc, the media company formerly known as Tribune Company, and has a liberal-to-moderate editorial bias. The News often takes a strong position against crime and corruption in government and business, and its political commentary has a particular focus on democratization and anti-authoritarianism. The newspaper is often critical of the Trump administration and is a staunch supporter of LGBTQ rights and women’s issues.
In the past, the News also featured articles on a wide range of topics including history, sports, science, and culture. Its science coverage included articles about archaeology, biology, and medicine. During World War II, the Daily News ran an article that was a little different from the rest: “Adolf Hitler Dead.”
This story came out on 2 May 1945, the day after the Allies accepted Nazi Germany’s surrender and ended the war. Apparently, the News Chronicle was one of very few newspapers that were able to accurately report this breaking news at the time.
The News also devoted extensive space to covering social issues, with an emphasis on race relations and other cultural divisions in the city. In addition to reporting on racial tensions, the paper also covered other cultural and social developments such as fashion, music, and movies.
The Daily News building on East 42nd Street, designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, is an official New York City landmark and was used as the model for the Daily Planet building in the first two Superman films. The paper moved to 450 West 33rd Street (also called 5 Manhattan West) in 1995, although its 42nd Street location is still used as a television studio and is home to the News’s former radio subsidiary, WPIX-TV.