A daily newspaper is a publication printed on large sheets of newsprint and folded to be read in the form of articles. It may be published daily, semiweekly or weekly and consists of current news or events from the local to the global level. The main purpose is to provide readers with a concise account of current events. It is usually written by journalists who may or not have subject expertise and is intended for the general public. The author is normally indicated and credited, but some articles may be anonymous.
The New York Daily News was one of the largest American newspapers in the first half of the 20th century. It was a tabloid and, like its rival the New York Post, frequently featured sensational and lurid coverage of crimes and scandals, including political wrongdoing such as the Teapot Dome Scandal and social intrigue, such as the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that resulted in her abdication from the British throne. The News also invested heavily in photography, and was an early subscriber to the Associated Press wirephoto service and developed its own large staff of photographers.
Like many other newspapers, the Daily News became a strong voice in politics and was influential in forming public opinion. It often took a conservative populist stance that differed from its left-wing rival the Post, and in the 1940s endorsed isolationism during World War II. During the later part of its long history, the News shifted to a more centrist stance and gained a reputation for high-minded journalism.
In the 21st century, the newspaper has faced serious financial challenges and declining circulation. It has been in the process of being sold and consolidated with other media companies, including Tribune Publishing, owned by Alden Global Capital. The sale has been a source of controversy and protests by the newspaper’s employees, who have sought to form a union with the company.
Non-mainline news sources often contain bias, which can lead to the news being distorted or even fabricated. A major concern is the extent to which Russia and other foreign actors used social media to spread disinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The credibility of tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google has been called into question after they failed to protect their users from Russian propaganda during the campaign.
A well-written news article should have a snappy headline that succinctly informs readers of the main news or event while seizing their interest. It should include a clear and concise summary of the news or event and cite credible sources that can be sourced. It should also be clear whether the article is presenting facts or a news story with an editorial opinion or commentary. Finally, it should be formatted properly, with a single font size and line spacing, on a white paper and printed in black ink. Newspaper clippings should be stored in good quality folders or boxes that fully enclose them. They should not be intermingled with other materials such as letters or photographs, as the impurities on the newsprint can cause acidic staining.