The Daily News Archive at Yale University Library

Daily News is a newspaper published each day that covers a broad range of topics. Its stories focus on breaking world, sports and entertainment news. Its extensive use of photography gives readers a rich informational content experience. Its editorial stance has been described as a high-minded populist legacy that is flexible and moderate in its positions. It has been involved in a long circulation battle with its rival the New York Post, as well as a variety of other competitors such as tabloids like the National Enquirer and the Sun.

The Yale Daily News Historical Archive was donated by an anonymous Yale alumnus in 2021, and it allows the Yale Library to provide access to this important collection. The archive is a significant component of the Yale University Library Digital Commons.

In its early days, the Daily News was one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the United States. Its first headquarters — located at 450 West 33rd Street — straddled the railroad tracks that ran into Pennsylvania Station. The News was also an innovator in journalism. For example, in 1928 it was the first newspaper to feature a photographic story about a criminal conviction. The paper was an early adopter of the Associated Press wirephoto service and had a large staff of photographers.

Its editorial stance was a blend of popular populism and high-minded liberalism that influenced the News’ political positions through the 1940s when it supported isolationism in the face of World War II, and during the 1960s when it espoused conservative populism. In the 1970s it began shifting its stance and became more moderate.

Besides general news articles, a typical newspaper contains editorials written by the editor or its editorial board and expressing an opinion on a public issue; opinion pieces, called “op-eds” that are the personal opinions of guest writers; columns that express the personal opinions of regular columnists; and classified ads. Most newspapers are divided into sections based on topic, such as news, sports, entertainment, and celebrity gossip.

Many newspapers are specialized for specific audiences. For instance, some business and financial papers focus on a particular market segment; while other publications are focused on a geographical area, such as daily or weekly community newspapers, ethnic, religious, or business publications that serve communities within a city or region. Still others are focused on a particular interest, such as a certain type of sports or music, and publish a newspaper for that niche.

The decline of newspaper circulation continues to be a serious problem for the industry. However, as with most other types of media, there are new opportunities for the newspaper industry to innovate and survive, including experimenting with subscription models, new forms of online delivery and interactive features on the web. In the future, the most successful newspapers will be those that can deliver compelling and valuable content to their audience. That will require smart, dedicated and innovative journalism. If that happens, then the industry will have a chance to come back from its death spiral.