The Daily News Index

A daily news is a newspaper published every day that contains news and information about current events. Typically, it includes news about politics, business, sports, and the arts. In addition to reporting on news and other events, a daily newspaper often provides advice or opinion about a range of topics. It also features comics and cartoons. A daily newspaper may be distributed locally or regionally, or it may reach a national audience.

The New York Daily News is an American tabloid founded in 1919. It considers itself “New York’s hometown newspaper” and is famous for zesty headlines, city coverage and star columnists such as Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill. It has won five Pulitzer Prizes. The paper has struggled in recent years as print circulation declines and advertising dollars shift to online platforms. Its owner, billionaire publisher Mort Zuckerman, tried to sell the newspaper in 2015 but ultimately took it off the market.

It was the first newspaper in the United States printed on tabloid format and reached its peak circulation in 1947, when it was the highest-circulation newspaper in the world. The New York Times reported that the paper had 2.4 million subscribers that year. Today, the newspaper is the second-most-read newspaper in the country and the most-read paper in the Big Apple.

In 2024, a generous gift from an anonymous Yale College alumnus funded the migration of the Daily News Historical Archive to a more user-friendly platform and extended its content to include issues from 1996 to present. The archive is now available to the public online and includes 18,686,018 searchable pages from 1919 to 2024.

The index aggregates individual article scores into a daily time series measure of economic sentiment based on lexical analysis of articles mentioning economics. It is similar in methodology to the News Sentiment Index described in Buckman, Shapiro, Sudhof, and Wilson (2020).

A former reporter for the Kodiak Daily Mirror in Alaska, Ralph is a former Roy W. Howard fellow at the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting and has worked for several other print publications in his career. He grew up in the small Chinook Indian Nation fishing town of Bay Center on the Southwest Washington coast and attended journalism school at Western. He has also worked as a staff writer for the Bellingham Herald and the Salish Current, and is an avid fisherman, hiker and lover of local food. In his spare time, he can be found thrifting cameras triple his age or belting out weeknight karaoke in Bellingham bars.