News is information about events, people and places in the world. It has long been a vital part of democracy, informing citizens about decisions their governments make and allowing them to express their opinions on matters of public interest. After the invention of printing, it became easier to publish the news and share it with a wider audience. Today, most newspapers have teams of journalists whose job it is to gather facts about events and people and write articles about them. They also have teams of photographers who take pictures and designers who create the visual elements that accompany the stories.
The New York Daily News is a morning tabloid newspaper founded in 1919. It was the first daily newspaper printed in tabloid format in the United States and was once one of the most popular publications in the world. The News is currently owned by tronc and prints about 200,000 copies each day. It has a local focus on New York City and is often contrasted with its rival, the New York Post.
In its early years, the newspaper attracted readers with sensational coverage of crime, scandal and violence, lurid photographs and entertaining features. Its editorial stance was conservative until the 1940s, and it supported isolationism in the early stages of World War II. After the war, it shifted to more of a liberal populist stance and fought a lengthy circulation battle with its crosstown rival, the New York Post. The paper also focuses on celebrity gossip and classified ads, and has a strong sports section.
As with most tabloids, the News prefers bold headlines to calm facts and has been accused of a tendency toward hysterical coverage and overstatement. However, since the 1990s it has exhibited more of a moderate to liberal bias in its reporting. The News occasionally takes on crusades that may not help it maintain its reputation for objectivity, especially in its clashes with the right-wing New York Post.
While the newspaper’s editorial stance leans to the left, it remains committed to high-quality journalism. The News is often described as a “highly respected and feared adversary of those in power.” Its current owner, the Alden Global Capital hedge fund, has made several rounds of buyouts and cuts to staffing since taking over the company last year.
The Yale Daily News is published Monday through Friday while Yale is in session, and serves the Yale community of students and alumni. In addition to the daily newspaper, YDN produces a weekly supplement called WEEKEND, and issues special editions such as the Yale-Harvard Game Day Issue, the Commencement Issue and the First Year Issue. The Yale Daily News Historical Archive, a project of the Yale Library, provides access to digitized versions of the YDN from its beginnings to the present. The archive is available to the general public and includes over 140 years of YDN reporting. The project was generously funded by an anonymous alumnus.