New York Daily News is one of the largest and most widely read newspapers in the United States. It has been in the media business for over a century. The Daily News is headquartered at 4 New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan. In addition to being a print newspaper, it also operates local bureaus in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn. Since 2017, the paper has been owned by Tribune Publishing.
Founded in 1919, The Daily News is known for its sensational coverage of crime and politics. As a metro tabloid, it attracted readers with its lurid photographs and cartoons. For a time, it had the highest circulation in the United States. But as the paper became increasingly less profitable, its readership continued to shrink. Despite its reputation as a liberal alternative to the right-leaning New York Post, the Daily News has maintained a moderate editorial stance in recent years.
Before The Daily News, another newspaper known as the Illustrated Daily News was published. This was a precursor to the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Mirror. At its height, the newspaper had a circulation of 2.4 million copies. It was the first successful tabloid in the United States.
During the 1920s, the newspaper found an abundance of subject matter in the United States. In the 1930s, the Daily News began using the Associated Press wire photo service. In the 1940s, the paper supported a conservative populist agenda. Through the 1960s and ’70s, the Daily News was a staunchly Republican newspaper. However, the newspaper started shifting in the mid-1970s.
When the Daily News was sold in 1993, it was purchased by a media mogul named Mortimer B. Zuckerman. Previously, the newspaper had been in bankruptcy. Later, the company was bought by Tronc, the publishing operations of the former Tribune Company.
After the sale, the company imposed pay cuts on all employees. The newsroom staff was cut in half and a new editor was appointed. After the pandemic, the newspaper began to print fewer editions. By the end of 2016, the paper had a circulation of more than 200,000.
A growing number of local newspapers are closing their doors. These publications provide news and information to a community, but their closure is a devastating loss. In Death of the Daily News, Andrew Conte argues that such communities must learn to cope with the loss of their newspaper. He examines how citizens are trying to make sense of their news, and he offers guidance on how to keep the local paper alive.
While the book is accessible to most readers, it is also a rich, engrossing read. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of local journalism, or in the consequences of losing a local paper. Ultimately, it leaves readers hopeful that the news will come back again.
Andrew Conte has done a remarkable job tackling a complex subject. He is able to approach this topic with compassion, empathy, and a thorough knowledge of local news. He takes us through the stages of grief, showing what happens after a local newspaper dies.