The Daily News Historical Archive

Founded in 1919, the New York Daily News is the first tabloid newspaper in the United States and is well known for its bold journalism, commitment to New York City, trendy stories and strong visual content. The Daily News is a trusted source for breaking news, in-depth investigations and coverage of politics, sports, entertainment and culture. It is currently owned by Tribune Publishing and is based in New York City, New York.

The Daily News is well regarded for its city-centered crime reportage and hard-hitting journalism on public issues such as housing, education, the environment and public safety. It is also a leader in the use of innovative digital storytelling to reach a wide audience, including its popular Snapchat story, which was nominated for an Emmy Award. The paper has a history of supporting Republican presidential candidates, but in recent years has shifted to a moderate-to-liberal editorial stance. It is often contrasted with the right-leaning New York Post.

In 2021, an anonymous Yale College alumnus made a substantial gift to support the migration of the Daily News Historical Archive to a new, more user-friendly platform, and to help ensure its ongoing maintenance and preservation. Learn more about this important gift here.

The New York Daily News is a newspaper that covers local news in NYC, but it was once a decent, balanced and factual news organization. It used to serve as a counterbalance to the NY Post, and even provided a bit of balance to the “liberal” NY Times. But recently it has gone downhill and is now just a rag, with sensationalism and gossip and poor reporting. It’s a shame because they used to be good and a needed voice in the area.

This is a remarkable and timely book, examining what happens when local news disappears in a community, and the societal implications of this development. The author, Andrew Conte, writes perceptively and with empathy in a way that will appeal to both ordinary citizens and scholars. The story he tells is one of tragedy and hope, but ultimately leaves the reader with the sense that local news can be saved.

This collection includes thousands of historic Daily News photographs, documents and other materials, dating from the earliest days of the newspaper in the early 1900s to the late 1990s. It consists of more than 250,000 images, representing the most comprehensive digital archive of the newspaper’s history in both its print and online versions. In addition, it includes many iconic pieces of news footage, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and exclusive video of Royal engagements and other significant events. The collection is a unique and valuable repository of British cultural history. It is freely available to anyone with access to the internet. It is also a core resource for research, teaching and learning in a number of fields including cultural and media studies, and social and political history. The Digital Archive is available from the Daily News website, as well as other libraries and archives around the world.

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