The Daily News is one of the best-selling newspapers in the United States. Its main mission is to chronicle the lives of residents in New York City, but its coverage extends far beyond the five boroughs. This is due in part to its interactive edition, which allows readers to enjoy an enhanced reading experience, as well as share their favorite stories with friends. Users can even download an offline edition and share it via email.
With the rise of social media, technology has caused a drastic disruption in American journalism. But this hasn’t eliminated the need for local newspapers. Rather, citizens are discovering local news in unexpected places and becoming gatekeepers of information. In Death of the Daily News, author Andrew Conte describes how this is happening, and what it means for the future of local journalism. He demonstrates how some people are trying to build new kinds of local journalism, and why these efforts are essential.
As a longtime reporter for the Daily News, Conte has a unique perspective on what happens when a local newspaper dies. He writes the book with empathy and skill, and he offers a ringing warning about communities that are in danger. By exploring the many stages of grief, he illuminates what a community goes through after a local paper dies.
Unlike the majority of books on this subject, the Daily News’s story isn’t merely a case study. Instead, it’s a realistic look at what it takes to rebuild a local newspaper in a time of mass communication. Using the example of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, a town that lost its local paper in 2015, Conte reveals how the community struggles to separate facts from gossip. The book gives hope to readers, and it is an invaluable tool for scholars.
Through the use of rich prose and compelling narrative, Conte shows us the impact losing a local newspaper has on a community. Throughout the book, he explores the ways in which the public has a vested interest in knowing about their community, and he argues that local journalism is vital. Even though technology has been a major disruptor of American journalism, Conte believes the future holds hope for local news.
In the end, it comes down to what citizens decide to do in the aftermath of a local newspaper’s demise. Conte argues that by knowing what’s going on in the world around us, we can help our communities stay afloat. While some communities have been able to thrive without a local newspaper, others are struggling. And while technology has helped keep the Daily News afloat, its mission of revealing the lives of New Yorkers is not without controversy.
Though the Daily News has been criticized for espousing conservative populism, its editorial stance has been described by the New York Times as “flexibly centrist.” Although it has rebranded itself and shifted its focus, the Daily News is still a highly regarded moderate liberal alternative to the right-wing Post.