The New York Daily News is a morning tabloid newspaper in New York City. Founded in 1919, the newspaper has been a force in reporting and commentary, winning eleven Pulitzer Prizes to date. In addition to its daily news, the Daily News offers readers a strong sports section, comics, opinion pieces and classified ads. It also features an online interactive edition, which is available to read on mobile devices and computers.
While the Daily News has long been a shrewdly conservative newspaper, its recent editorial direction has leaned more towards the moderate side. For example, it has been described by the New York Times as “highly logical” and a “flexibly centrist” paper. However, the Daily News has lost its status as a leading daily newspaper in the U.S., reaching a mere 200,000 copies a day in 2016, compared to the 2.4 million copies it sold in 1947.
While the Daily News once boasted a circulation of more than two million copies a day, it now ranks as the ninth largest daily newspaper in the country. This is largely due to the fact that the Daily News’s parent company, Tribune Publishing, has cut the newsroom staff in half since the recession hit in 2009. Despite its financial difficulties, the newspaper is still a fixture in the city. Fortunately, it is still able to provide its readers with news from across the five boroughs and a variety of other cities worldwide.
During its time in operation, the Daily News has been a home for many legendary journalistic figures. Among them, there is the eponymous John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. During the early decades of the newspaper’s operation, the Daily News was one of the first newspapers in the country to use the Associated Press wirephoto service. These photographs allowed the paper to entice its readers with lurid images. One reporter strapped a camera to his leg when he took a photo of an execution.
In the 1940s, the Daily News supported the cause of isolationism. As a result, the paper often contrasted itself with the right-wing New York Post, which espoused more liberal policies. By the 1950s, the Daily News had become the United States’ leading daily tabloid.
Another milestone occurred in the mid-1970s, when the Daily News began shifting to become a more sophisticated paper. It was known for its colorful photographs, cartoons and extensive coverage of social intrigue. A few months later, the Daily News changed its name to the Daily News. Still, the paper has continued to report on life in New York City for over a century. Currently, the paper is headquartered at 4 New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan.
Until its acquisition by Tribune Publishing in 2017, the Daily News was owned by Mortimer B. Zuckerman. Today, the Daily News is owned by Tronc, a Chicago-based media corporation. At the time of its acquisition by Tronc, the Daily News ranked as the nation’s eighth most widely circulated daily newspaper.