Founded in 1919, the Daily News was once the largest-circulated newspaper in the United States. It was a tabloid paper that focused on sensational and lurid stories of crime, scandal, and violence. Its articles were usually accompanied by lurid photographs. It was also known for its cartoons and other entertainment features.
The Daily News inherited many of the characteristics of the earlier Illustrated Daily News, which had been created in 1907 by Joseph Medill Patterson and was a subsidiary of the Tribune Company of Chicago. The Daily News was the first tabloid-format newspaper in the United States. It was also one of the most prestigious newspapers in the country, with a staff of over 600 journalists.
For over five decades, the Daily News was a staunchly Republican newspaper. It supported isolationism during World War II and espoused conservative populism. However, in the 1990s it became a moderately liberal alternative to the New York Post (which until 1980 had been a right-wing bastion).
It has an extensive editorial staff with many professional journalists and editors. Its political coverage is centered on the city of New York and its surrounding areas, but it also covers national politics. The Daily News is also known for its large, prominent photographs and lurid cover stories.
The Daily News was the first newspaper to use wirephotos from the Associated Press, and it developed a large photography staff. Its photos of the Teapot Dome Scandal and other infamous events in the 1920s were highly popular with readers.
In 1947, the Daily News surpassed its rival, the New York Post, as the leading-selling newspaper in the United States. Its circulation climbed to 2.4 million copies per day.
During its long history, the Daily News has published many famous stories that are still talked about today. These include the murder of Ruth Snyder in 1928 by an enraged cab driver; the executions of Charles Manson, Jack Ruby and Osama bin Laden; and the suicides of President Kennedy and Princess Diana.
A few of the most notable Daily News stories are the “Ford to City: Drop Dead!” story in 1975, which screamed for action; the “Secrets of the Slain” story in 1976, which uncovered the death of President Kennedy; and the story of a New Yorker who was murdered and buried in the back of a pickup truck.
The Daily News’s reporters are committed to breaking news and making the information accessible to readers. Its website features breaking news and analysis of current events, business and politics. Its multimedia section includes audio, video, and interactive maps. It also includes an online community where readers can share their thoughts on various topics and respond to articles. It has a strong social media presence with more than 10 million followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.