The Daily News has been covering the New York City area for more than a century. Founded as the Illustrated Daily News in 1919, the newspaper’s editorial stance has been described as “high-minded” and “populist.” Its coverage of crime, politics, sports, and entertainment has garnered a reputation as one of the most trusted sources in the city. This reputation has earned the paper eleven Pulitzer Prizes.
During the 1920s and 1930s, the Daily News was one of the most prominent newspapers in the United States. At one point, it had a circulation of more than 1.5 million copies. But by the late 1970s, the paper began to shift in its direction. For the next decade, the Daily News began to become a moderately liberal alternative to the right-wing Post. And by the 1990s, it had a circulation of more than two million copies. While the paper still maintained strong local news coverage, it began to emphasize political wrongdoing and social intrigue.
In 1993, the Daily News was bought out of bankruptcy by media mogul Mortimer B. Zuckerman. He then sold it to Tronc, a Chicago-based media company. However, a series of financial troubles has threatened the publication. By 2010, the newspaper’s circulation had dropped to about 200,000 copies per day. As of 2017, Tronc had sold it to Tribune Publishing. Now, the publisher has imposed furloughs and pay cuts on employees.
The Daily News was once known for its bustling newsroom. The building where the paper used to be located was a national landmark. John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood designed it. There was a wooden bench in the lobby that dozens of journalists and former employees sat on for decades. Eventually, the building was moved to another location on West 33rd Street.
Today, the Daily News is owned by Tribune Publishing. The Daily News website remains popular and features an interactive edition. Users can swipe between pages, share stories through email, and download editions for offline reading. The newspaper is also available on mobile devices and computers.
Several other Daily News publications have closed down over the years, including the Orlando Sentinel, The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and The Los Angeles Times. Recently, the paper has announced that it is permanently closing the office in Lower Manhattan. Many of the Daily News’s reporters and editors are currently unsure of their future. Several of them have been working remotely during a coronavirus pandemic.
In recent years, the paper has won several awards for its reporting and commentary. These include the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In 2017, it was named Best Newspaper in the World. Other recognitions have included the National Press Club Award and the Newspaper Association of America’s Gold Medal Award.
Despite its decline in circulation and popularity, the Daily News continues its mission to inform and entertain readers. With a focus on the issues that matter to the New York community, the paper has gained a reputation for providing the voice for the voiceless.