The Daily News, originally known as the Daily Abstract of Transfers until 1886, is a daily source of information about construction projects, real estate sales, business transactions and other important local economic activity, drawn from public records. It also includes lawsuits, court cases, corporate charters, deeds, tax liens, marriage licenses, building permits, bankruptcy filings, new utility connections and other important government documents. The newspaper is free to all Yale community members and has a long tradition of highlighting the diverse communities that make New Haven such an interesting place. Many of the paper’s editors, writers and contributors have gone on to careers in journalism or prominent public service positions, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Sargent Shriver and Garry Trudeau.
The newspaper is published every day except Sunday, and is available free of charge in print and on the website. It covers a range of topics and features extensive use of photographs. It has long competed with the more sensational rival tabloid, the New York Post. Historically, the Daily News has had rich subject matter, including political wrongdoing such as the Teapot Dome scandal and social intrigue such as Wallis Simpson’s romance with King Edward VIII, which led to his abdication. The newspaper has an extensive staff of journalists and photographers.
In addition to its main news pages, the Daily News features special issue editions that celebrate Yale’s Indigenous, Black and Latino communities and works in partnership with student organizations in those areas to produce these editions. The Daily News also publishes a series of historical articles that explore the history of the newspaper itself, especially its connection to the city of New York and its role in defining American politics.
In December 2021, an anonymous Yale alumnus made a significant gift to the Yale Daily News Historical Archive project to facilitate its migration to a more user-friendly platform. The gift enables the Archive to preserve and enhance its collections, making them more accessible to the Yale and wider public. In particular, it will fund the expansion of the Archive’s digital offerings, including the development of an online searchable database. This new functionality will allow users to search for specific stories, as well as more broadly across the entire archive. In addition, the gift will support the ongoing maintenance and preservation of the Digital Archive, ensuring that it remains a reliable resource for researchers. The Yale Daily News is committed to fostering a diverse community of readers and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. We invite you to join us!