Founded on January 28, 1878, the Yale Daily News (YDN) is the oldest college newspaper in the United States. It is the primary source of news and debate at Yale University and serves the community of New Haven and Yale. YDN is editorially independent, and its student editors and writers have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and public service. YDN is available in print and online every weekday when the university is in session. Its historical archive includes digitized copies of printed issues.
Typical sections include national/international news; local news; city and suburban news; sports; entertainment/amusements; and classified advertisements. The most important events and articles will appear in the front pages of each section. Newspapers may also publish editorials and op-ed pieces.
Most newspapers are published on large sheets of newsprint and folded before distribution. They are typically printed in black ink, but some have color for special sections and for photographs. Advertisements are usually imbedded in the pages of the newspaper or included as inserts and special supplements. Those that are embedded in the pages of the newspaper are called classified advertisements and are usually displayed with a heading and a short description. Newspapers will also often have a separate advertising section where larger ads can be found.
The op-ed page is an important part of the newspaper that is used to provide insight and opinion to readers. Some op-ed pieces will focus on specific political topics, while others will offer general advice and suggestions to readers. In addition to op-ed pieces, some newspapers will also publish letters to the editor, which are often used to share personal opinions and experiences with the newspaper.
In its early years, the New York Daily News was known for sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, and cartoons. It became the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States and was at its peak circulation in 1947. In 1948, it established WPIX (Channel 11 in New York City), whose call letters were inspired by its nickname, and later bought what became WFAN-FM.
The paper has a long history of supporting the Republican Party and its policies, but in recent decades it has moved to the center of the Democratic spectrum. The current News editor, Andrew Julien, is the second person to hold that position in the paper’s history, and he has made significant changes to the organization over the last two years. Throughout his tenure, the paper has lost money, but has also made significant investments in digital initiatives and hiring of top journalists. Despite these losses, the News has continued to cover important local and national stories and attract a loyal readership. It is unclear how long the paper will continue to be profitable. However, Julien has shown that he can lead the Daily News to success in an increasingly challenging environment for print media.