The Daily News is a newspaper published daily in New York City. It features news, sports, classified ads, opinion, comics, and a section for entertainment. They also have a digital edition that is available on computers and mobile devices. Their interactive version offers an enhanced reading experience. Users can swipe between pages and share stories through email.
In the 1920s, the Daily News grew to be one of the biggest and most popular newspapers in the country. By the 1930s, they had more than 1.5 million subscribers. They attracted readers with lurid photographs, cartoons, and sensational crime coverage. Eventually, the Daily News became a prominent political and social intrigue newspaper.
At one time, the Daily News boasted the largest circulation of any daily paper in the United States. But it has been in financial trouble for decades. As of 2017, they were owned by Tribune Publishing. Since then, they have laid off many of their staff and imposed furloughs. This book by journalist Andrew Conte explores the loss of local news and what happens to communities that are affected by their loss.
Conte, who has had extensive experience in national news, writes about the impact of local news deserts in America. He also makes a case for the importance of knowing about your community.
Amid the decline of newspapers, citizens are discovering new ways to access local information. Many are turning to social media and other online sources. Others are attempting to understand the nuances of the news on their own.
The New York Times described the Daily News editorial stance as being “flexibly centrist” and “high-minded.” While the publication espoused conservative populism from the 1940s through the 1960s, it later became a moderate liberal alternative to the right-wing New York Post.
When it was sold to Tronc, the Chicago-based media company, the Daily News was the first successful tabloid in the United States. It was a model for the later Los Angeles Mirror and The Daily Planet. After the newspaper moved from its former headquarters on East 42nd Street to its current location on West 33rd Street, dozens of newsroom staples took up a bench. Among them were legendary boxing writer Jimmy Cannon.
Several years ago, the Capital Gazette, another Tribune Publishing property, closed after shooting in their newsroom. Similarly, the Orlando Sentinel, a sister paper, closed as well. And in Allentown, Pa., the Morning Call is scheduled to shut down.
Despite the loss of their local papers, many residents in McKeesport, Pennsylvania are attempting to make sense of the news on their own. Their experiment offers a glimpse into what a town goes through after its local newspaper dies.
Ultimately, the Death of the Daily News is a rich and thought-provoking book that will interest scholars and ordinary citizens alike. It is a timely reminder of the vital importance of local journalism. And it leaves readers with hope that local news can return.
Written in compelling prose, this is an accessible look at the pitfalls and successes of the newspaper industry. You will learn how people are trying to build a new type of local journalism, and what you can do to protect your own community.