A daily news is a newspaper that reports events and issues in the form of short articles, often with pictures. Typically, daily news covers current events and trends in society and politics and may also contain information about sports or business. Some newspapers are national, while others are regional or local. Usually, daily news is published on weekdays, although some papers publish on weekends or public holidays.
Most newspapers are aimed at a general audience, but some focus on specific interests such as politics or sport. Some are specialised, such as weekly business newspapers or those for the gay community. In addition, there are many free newspapers aimed at specific regions or groups such as a city’s immigrant community.
Newspapers are printed on paper, either glossy or non-glossy, and are delivered to homes, businesses or stores for distribution. Most are published daily and contain a variety of articles, including news stories, editorials, and opinion pieces such as the “op-ed” and letters to the editor. Unlike magazines, newspapers are primarily written by professional journalists rather than by amateur writers.
A newspaper is typically arranged in sections, labelled with letter prefixes that correspond to a range of topics (for example, A1, A2, B1, and B2). A traditional newspaper has an editorial page expressing the opinion of the editor or an editorial board, and a section containing opinions of other readers and writers called “op-eds”.
In early modern Europe, increased trade created a growing need for quick news dissemination. The first newspapers were concise handwritten newsletters known as notizie scritte, or “scribble sheets”. These were typically conveying political and military developments to Italian cities (1500–1700)–though they did not meet the classical criteria of true newspapers.
The New York Daily News, founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson as the Illustrated Daily News, was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States. It attracted readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs and cartoons, and entertainment features. The paper went on to become one of the most widely read newspapers in the world.
The paper is based in the historic News Building (220 East 42nd Street near Second Avenue), designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, which is an official New York City landmark. It was used as the model for the Daily Planet in the first two Superman films. The paper’s subsequent headquarters at 450 West 33rd Street, which straddles the tracks of Pennsylvania Station, is also an official city landmark. The News moved to its current location in 1995. The New York Daily News was once the largest-circulation newspaper in the United States, and it still has a strong reputation for investigative journalism. In 2014, the News won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (with ProPublica) for its work on police abuse of eviction rules. The paper is currently owned by Tronc, a media company that owns the Chicago Tribune and other papers.