Founded on January 28, 1878, the Yale Daily News is the oldest college daily newspaper in the United States. The News is a non-profit, independent organization, financially and editorially independent since its founding. The News serves the Yale and New Haven communities, publishing Monday through Friday during the academic year. The News also publishes several special issues each year including the Yale-Harvard Game Day Issue, the First Year Issue and Commencement Issue as well as special sections celebrating Yale’s Indigenous, Black, Latine, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in collaboration with their respective cultural centers and student groups.
The newspaper reached its peak circulation in 1947, when it published 2.4 million copies a day. The paper grew in popularity as the first successful tabloid in the United States, attracting readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal.
In its early days the Daily News emphasized political wrongdoing, such as the Teapot Dome Scandal, and social intrigue, such as Wallis Simpson’s romance with King Edward VIII, and was an early user of Associated Press wirephotography. The News also drew readers with celebrity gossip and the latest sports news.
By the mid-20th century, the newspaper had become one of the country’s top-selling dailies and was locked in a fierce circulation battle with its even more sensational rival, the New York Post. In the 1970s, the News captured the nation’s attention with its screaming headline “Ford to City: Drop Dead!”
After World War II, the News embraced conservatism and isolationism, but by the 1980s it had shifted to a liberal stance and gained a reputation as a counterpoint to the right-wing Post. The News is owned by Mortimer Zuckerman and has been described as a “flexibly centrist” publication with a “high-minded, if populist, legacy.”
Daily News features the best national and local news in New York City, plus intense city news coverage, politics, celebrity gossip and more. No other paper covers the Yankees, Mets and Giants like the Daily News.
The AllSides Media Bias Rating for Daily News is Left. Sources with this rating show strong bias in favor of liberal, progressive or left-wing thought and policy agendas.
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