The Daily News is a morning newspaper, published in New York City. Founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson as the Illustrated Daily News, it was the first tabloid newspaper to achieve a large circulation. Its sensational coverage of crime, scandal and violence was a major attraction for its readers.
It was also known for its lurid photographs, which attracted readers with their depictions of crime, crime scenes and people involved in criminal activity. Throughout the 1920s it was a major competitor in the national market for tabloid newspapers.
Today The Daily News publishes in New York and throughout the United States and has a circulation of more than 2 million copies. It is a subsidiary of the Tribune Company of Chicago.
In its early years the Daily News devoted much attention to photography, with a large staff of photographers and an early use of the Associated Press wirephoto service. It later branched out into other types of media, including television and radio, with its own TV station and radio network.
The paper’s editorial stance was often more liberal than its rival New York Post, which was also a Tribune property. However, during the 1940s and 1950s the News espoused a conservative populism and was a strong supporter of isolationism. In the 1990s it gained a reputation as a moderately liberal alternative to the Post.
It was once one of the highest-circulated newspapers in the world, but its circulation has decreased significantly over the past few decades. In 2017 it was sold to Tronc, a Chicago-based media company.
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