Yale Daily News
Founded on January 28, 1878, the Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college daily newspaper and remains both financially and editorially independent. It publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year and serves the Yale and New Haven communities. In addition to the daily newspaper, YDN also publishes a weekly magazine called WKND, and a number of special issues each year including the Yale-Harvard Game Day Issue, Commencement Issue and First Year Issue, among others. In the past, several YDN alumni have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and public life, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang and John Hersey, among many others.
The newspaper was the most read in the United States for much of its history, with a peak circulation of 2.4 million copies a day. It was one of the pioneers of tabloid format and a leader in investigative reporting. Its coverage ranged from political wrongdoing, such as the Teapot Dome scandal, to social intrigue, like the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to the abdication of the British monarchy. It was also an early user of Associated Press wirephoto service and developed its own large staff of photographers.
In the 1950s and 1960s, it owned the television station WPIX, which later became known as Channel 11, and purchased what is now New York’s WFAN radio station. Its former Daily News Building (also known as 220 East 42nd Street or the World Headquarters of Tribune Publishing) was an official city and national landmark designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, with a lobby featuring a giant globe and weather instruments. In 1995, it moved to 450 West 33rd Street, a site now known as Manhattan West.
It is now part of the New York Times Company’s Local Media division and headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. The 102-year-old newspaper has a tradition of scoops and is renowned for its unrelenting pursuit of truth and accuracy. The News’s award-winning writers, columnists and opinion formers bring you live coverage of local and national news, New York exclusives, politics and the latest in sports and celebrity gossip. No one covers the Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets like the Daily News.
With rapid-fire changes underway at newspapers sold to cost-slashing hedge fund Alden Global Capital, and a looming shareholder vote on the future of parent company Tribune Publishing, the death of local journalism is more than just a societal tragedy; it’s also an urgent public health crisis. In Death of the Daily News, journalist Andrew Conte provides a rich, fascinating and necessary anatomy of what happens to a town when its newspaper dies—and how it’s trying to come back to life. A lifeline for communities facing their own version of this tragedy, it offers a roadmap for the future.