Death of the Daily News Archive

Gambling Sep 16, 2023

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In the era of social media, technology has caused massive disruption to American journalism. It has put thousands of journalists out of work, closed many newsrooms, and left vast areas without local newspaper coverage. In southwestern Pennsylvania’s City of McKeesport, the loss of its daily paper in 2015 has been a devastating blow for residents, who struggle to make sense of what is happening in their community and separate fact from gossip. In Death of the Daily News, award-winning journalist Andrew Conte takes us inside a struggling town to understand how local journalism works—and what it means when it fails.

This free online resource provides access to digitized versions of printed issues of the Yale Daily News, the oldest college newspaper in the United States. The Archive contains more than 140 years of YDN reporting and is open to the world. This project was made possible by a gift from an anonymous Yale College alumnus.

Founded in 1878, the Yale Daily News (YDN) is the oldest college daily in the United States. It has long been the primary source of news and debate at Yale, and its alumni have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and public service. The News has been at the forefront of sexism, civil rights, and anti-war protests. It was also an early adopter of the Associated Press wire-photography service, and it developed a large staff of photographers.

Its tabloid format emphasized sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, and cartoons, as well as political wrongdoing and the Teapot Dome scandal. It was an early sponsor of radio and television, with its own station at 42nd Street and a stake in the New York Times Radio Company. Its headquarters was the Daily News Building, designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, which later became 450 West 33rd Street, now known as Manhattan West.

The News was one of the first newspapers to use color photography and was a pioneer in syndication, eventually developing its own syndication service. The News was also an innovator in television, establishing the first local TV newscast in 1948 and its own broadcasting school in 1952. In addition, it was an early developer of satellite technology and a founding member of the National Association of Broadcasters.

The Yale Daily News Historical Archive is freely accessible, but unauthorized reproduction of YDN content appearing on this website is prohibited. For more information, visit the YDN Rights and Permissions site.

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