A daily newspaper is a periodical publication that is customarily published on each business day of the year, except for Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays. Daily newspapers serve a broad audience with an array of information and news articles. Many of these publications contain political or social commentary as well as sports, weather and financial news and analysis. A daily newspaper is usually read by people of all ages, classes and walks of life.
The New York Daily News is a morning tabloid newspaper founded in 1919, the first successful U.S. daily printed in tabloid format, and was once the highest-circulation newspaper in the country. Today it is owned by tronc, the publishing operations of the Tribune Company of Chicago, and its headquarters are located at 4 New York Plaza in lower Manhattan. The News has been described as an “old-school tabloid” and has gained a reputation for sensational coverage of crime, scandal and violence, along with lurid photographs and cartoons.
On Wednesday, Tribune Publishing (which also owns The Los Angeles Times and other media outlets) announced that it was permanently closing the newsroom at The New York Daily News, and that it would shut down offices in three other cities. This move comes after the company was acquired in 2017 by cost-slashing hedge fund Alden Global Capital, which is in the process of eliminating costs at the 102-year-old News.
The News’s New York City newsroom was a hub for reporting on a variety of issues, including immigration, terrorism, corruption and the coronavirus pandemic. But the newsroom’s closing is a major setback to the newspaper’s journalists and to its tradition of in-depth, investigative reporting.
During the pandemic, the News published a daily pandemic-related section and also maintained local bureaus at City Hall and One Police Plaza. The News has a long history in New York City, and its building at 220 East 42nd Street near Second Avenue was an official city and national landmark designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. The News moved to a much smaller headquarters at 450 West 33rd Street, known as 5 Manhattan West, in 1995. That site was also the location of a former News radio station, WPIX.
Yale University Library has digitized nearly 140 years of YDN issues for the Yale Daily News Historical Archive, available to the public. The Archive includes articles and graphics from YDN, as well as select stories from other curated collections of historical newspaper articles. The Archive was made possible by a gift from an anonymous Yale College alumnus and the Yale Library’s Digital Scholarship Fund. The Archive is currently being migrated to a new platform for better accessibility and searchability. We appreciate your patience as we work to get the transition complete. In the meantime, you can find the Archive through the links below. The Yale Daily News Historical Archive is a member of the Internet Archive’s Open Content Program.