Anatomy of a Dead Town

Founded in 1919, the New York Daily News was America’s first tabloid newspaper. The paper attracted readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, and cartoons. It was also a major source of political gossip and entertainment news. Today, the New York Daily News is a multimedia news organization covering national and local news from the world’s greatest city. Its award-winning writers and columnists provide news analysis, intense city news coverage, politics and the latest in celebrity and sports news. No one covers the Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets like the Daily News.

The paper is read online and in print by more than 7 million people around the world every day. Its website is the most visited local news site in the United States, and its mobile apps are downloaded more than 20 million times per month. The newspaper’s television and radio programs are also popular. The paper has several podcasts that are available on its site and in iTunes. The Daily News also has a video channel on YouTube.

In a time when many people feel disconnected from their communities, the Daily News has redoubled its efforts to cover local news and connect with its readers. In addition, the paper has launched a number of experimental projects designed to test different ways to keep citizens informed and engaged.

This is a compelling and thoughtful book about the future of local journalism. It is a must-read for anyone who cares about the survival of newspapers in the digital age.

Andrew Conte is a former newspaper editor and investigative reporter. He is the founder of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, which serves as a laboratory for the future of local journalism. He has written several nonfiction books.

In this deeply reported and fascinating book, Conte offers an anatomy of what happens in a town when its newspaper dies, and how it can be revived. His study of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, is a model for other towns struggling to find their own way forward in the age of vanishing local journalism.

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