The Daily News is a morning tabloid newspaper published in New York City. It was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States and once had the highest circulation of any daily newspaper in the world. It has long been noted for its sensational crime and political coverage, lurid photographs, and comics. The News is currently owned by tronc, a subsidiary of the Tribune Company, and is headquartered in Manhattan West.
The Yale Daily News Historical Archive is a digital collection of the daily newspaper from its inception through 1996. The archive is an invaluable resource for those studying the history of journalism in America, as well as Yale College students and alumni. In 2021, an anonymous Yale alumnus made a significant gift to the Archive that facilitated its migration to a new and more user-friendly platform and enabled it to add issues from 1996 through the present.
For more than 130 years, the Yale Daily News has served as the primary source of news and discussion at Yale University. It is the oldest college newspaper in the United States and its staffers have gone on to serve in many prominent positions in politics, media, and public life, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Sargent Shriver, Paul Steiger, Strobe Talbott, Garry Trudeau, and others.
It is also one of the largest newspapers in North America in terms of print volume, with an average daily circulation of over 200,000. It is a member of the New York Times Media Group, and its website is one of the most visited online newspaper websites in the world.
Like other popular dailies of the era, the Daily News found abundant subject matter in political wrongdoing such as the Teapot Dome scandal and social intrigue like the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. It emphasized the use of photography and was an early user of the Associated Press wirephoto service in the 1930s, building up a large staff of photographers.
The News attracted readers with sensational and lurid coverage of crime, corruption, and violence. In 1928, a reporter strapped a small camera to his leg and shot a photograph of Ruth Snyder being executed in the electric chair; the next day’s newspaper carried the headline “DEAD!”
In recent decades, the News has shifted its editorial stance from staunch conservatism to a more centrist or liberal position, often being contrasted with the right-leaning New York Post. In the 2000s, it has embraced multiculturalism and promoted gay rights.
It has a High AllSides Media Bias Rating for Left-Center bias due to its left-leaning editorial positions and its reasonable fact check record. The Yale Daily News has received feedback that it sometimes uses loaded words (wording intended to influence an audience through appeal to emotion or stereotypes) in order to advance its ideological agenda. This does not always constitute a bias against liberal causes, however.