Daily News, the nation’s oldest college newspaper, has been in continuous publication since January 28, 1878. The News serves the Yale and New Haven communities through a variety of print, online and social media platforms. The News is independent editorially and financially, publishing Monday through Friday during the academic year as well as several special issues (including a Yale-Harvard game day issue, Commencement issue and First Year Issue) in collaboration with Yale’s cultural centers and affiliated student groups.
The paper has a long history of covering the city, state and national news, as well as local government, crime, politics, and sports. The paper has been credited with establishing many of the practices now commonplace in American journalism: large photographs, intense and sensational city news coverage, celebrity gossip, classified ads, comics, and an opinion section. The News was also instrumental in establishing what became WPIX (Channel 11 in New York City), and its radio counterpart, WFAN-FM, both of which still share offices with the newspaper in Manhattan’s One Police Plaza building.
At its peak, the paper had a circulation of nearly 3 million, making it one of the most widely read newspapers in the world. Today, the New York Daily News is owned by tronc, a company that merged with Tribune Company in 2017, and is based at 4 New York Plaza in downtown Manhattan. It is often compared with its competitor, the conservative-leaning New York Post.
A riveting and essential anatomy of what happens when a town loses its newspaper, this book shows how the tragedy can be overcome. The author, Andrew Conte, has made an important contribution to the debate over how and if local journalism can survive in the digital age.
This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of journalism and its place in our democracy.
The death of the local newspaper in Belding, Michigan, is an object lesson in what it means when the public’s information needs go unmet. In this timely book, author Andrew Conte exposes the flaws in both traditional top-down journalism and citizen gatekeepers, but offers hope that a better way forward lies in the power of community. 196 pages, 5.5×8.5.