Whether focusing on politics, science, arts or entertainment, daily news reports on the day’s happenings. Most newspapers use a variety of illustrations and photographs (both syndicated and from staff photographers) to provide readers with visual context. Local papers typically feature obituaries and also focus on stories about their community.
The headline of a daily news article serves as the first impression and is the key to grabbing reader attention. It must be catchy, provocative and emotionally evoking. Often it will highlight a breaking event or a major piece of news that is affecting the lives of residents.
A news story is usually broken up into different sections, including a main headline, a lead paragraph, an analysis of the story and a few related articles. In addition, the paper will contain editorials, letters to the editor and guest columns, as well as classified ads and comics. Newspapers are published in print and online, although some only publish in print.
Newspapers are generally considered to be a major source of information on public policy, business, sports, culture and social issues. They can also serve as a forum for debate and discussion of controversial or sensitive issues. The majority of news stories are written by journalists, who may be paid for their work. Some are compiled by teams of writers and editors, while others are solely the work of one or two people.
In the 1920s, when the New York Daily News was founded, the paper found abundant subject matter in political wrongdoing, such as the Teapot Dome scandal, and social intrigue such as the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. It was a pioneer of the use of wire-photography and developed a large staff of photographers.
The paper was a major competitor of its rival, the New York Post, and was once the third largest newspaper in the United States with a circulation of more than 200,000 daily. It has also been described as having a moderate to liberal political leaning and is frequently contrasted with the more conservative New York Times. The Daily News was once based in the city’s 42nd Street and Second Avenue office building, designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood.
Conte’s book explores what happens when a community loses its local newspaper, and how people try to fill the gap. He argues that the answer is not simply to allow the internet to replace journalism but rather to create an alternative that truly empowers citizens to become gatekeepers of their own local news and information. The death of the Daily News is a reminder that we can no longer afford to take local journalism for granted. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of our democracy and the power of informed, engaged citizens.