A daily newspaper is a periodical publication that provides news and information to its readers. A typical newspaper features articles on a variety of subjects, from politics and the economy to crime and sports. It also includes editorials and other opinion pieces, as well as advertisements and obituaries. Newspapers are typically printed on paper, but some are published online and/or in other media.
Founded in 1878, the Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college newspaper and serves students at Yale University and in New Haven, Connecticut. It publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year and produces several special issues each year in collaboration with the campus community, including the Yale-Harvard Game Day Issue and Commencement Issue. It is editorially and financially independent from Yale University.
The paper was the first successful tabloid in the United States, and attracted readers with sensational coverage of crime, scandal, and violence, lurid photographs, and cartoons. It was able to compete successfully against the more traditional rival New York Post, which also used sensational reporting to attract readership.
At one time, the News had bureaus in all five boroughs of New York City and maintained a large staff of journalists. In addition, it owned television station WPIX and radio station WNJR, both of which were based in the Daily News building.
The News was a pioneer in the use of color photography, and was an early user of Associated Press wirephotography. The paper was also an early advocate of women’s rights and supported the civil rights movement. It was also a major player in the burgeoning business of advertising on newspapers.
In the 20th century, the News continued to dominate its competition in the metropolitan area, and had a strong reputation nationally as well. It was considered a progressive and Democratic newspaper, in contrast to its conservative rival, the New York Post. In the 21st century, the News suffered from declining circulation and financial difficulties. In 2017, it was sold to tronc, the publishing operations of the Tribune Company, for $1.
A trove of original documents, photos, and other artifacts, the Daily News Archive at the Yale University Library is the primary source for researching the history of the newspaper and its legacy. The archive has been digitized and is available in its entirety, along with research tools and scholarly resources.