Founded in 1878, the Yale Daily News Historical Archive provides access to digitized versions of printed issues of the Daily News. The archive is open to the world and includes more than 140 years of YDN reporting.
In its 20th century heyday, the Daily News was a brawny metro tabloid that thrived when it dug into crime and corruption. It served as the model for The Daily Planet in the first two Superman movies, and its reporters won Pulitzer Prizes for commentary and international reporting.
But the News has been in financial trouble for decades. It was sold out of bankruptcy in 1993, and the paper struggled under its new owner Mortimer B. Zuckerman, whose fortune was built in real estate and media. Zuckerman merged the News with Tribune Publishing in 2017 to form Tronc, which is now known as The New York Times Company.
The News has been in rapid decline since then. Cost-cutting by Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund that owns the News and other Tribune newspapers, has led to buyouts, layoffs, and outsourcing of its printing plant. Its quick changes have given many journalists a case of the jitters.
In the past few months, the Daily News has been hit with a series of legal challenges from people and groups who are unhappy with its coverage of controversial topics such as President Trump and the police shootings of unarmed black men. The News has responded by hiring an outside counsel and creating a new unit to investigate the sources of those complaints. This year the newspaper has also launched a series of investigative reports into its own coverage, including the use of anonymous sources and the possibility that it may have violated federal laws on defamation and discrimination.
Amid the jitters, the Daily News has gotten a rare bit of good news: In a poll conducted by an independent research firm that was emailed to readers, the newspaper was ranked as the third most trusted daily in the nation. But it remains to be seen whether the News can sustain its trustworthiness in a fast-changing media environment.
The Daily News offers a wide variety of content that covers all major aspects of everyday life in New York City and beyond. Its most popular sections include the local news and events section, opinion section, and entertainment section. Its website features video, podcasts, and a blog that provides in-depth analysis of the most important stories in New York. In addition to its online offerings, the News also publishes a weekly newspaper called the Community Guide that covers local government and public policy. Its editorial page is a major source of opinion on politics and social policy. The News also has a robust sports and business section. It is one of the largest daily newspapers in the United States. Its print edition is distributed throughout the United States and the world. The Daily News has an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Left, which means that it has a strong bias toward liberal and progressive thought and policy agendas.