Death of the Daily News
News focuses on current events locally, nationally or internationally. It is written by journalists who may or may not have subject expertise. Newspaper articles typically report facts and are not intended to be persuasive or emotionally manipulative. Newspapers usually provide short accounts of the latest news and include articles on a wide variety of subjects. Most newspapers are published daily, semiweekly or weekly, although some may be monthly. Some specialized newspapers focus on specific topics, such as sports or politics. Some feature photographs or cartoons, and some have editorial sections. Newspapers often publish obituaries.
Unlike magazines and books, which are often illustrated, newspapers often use only text. They may or may not be printed in color. Newspapers are mainly distributed by subscription. They may have a website and social media channels.
The Yale Daily News is the oldest college daily in the United States and has been a leading source of news and debate on campus since 1878. Many YDN staffers and contributors have gone on to prominent careers in journalism or public life, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Sargent Shriver, Garry Trudeau, and Calvin Trillin. The YDN is also the oldest student newspaper in the world that provides its content online. The Yale Daily News Historical Archive allows you to access digitized versions of over 140 years of YDN reporting.
Mainline American news sources are generally seen as more trustworthy than non-mainline sources, which tend to be biased. This doesn’t mean that they are perfect, but it does mean that they try harder to be objective. Examples of mainline American news sources are The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe; ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, PBS News; and NPR News.
Non-mainline American news sources are those that are not considered to be part of the “mainstream.” Examples include MSNBC, Fox News, Gawker and Reddit. Non-mainline American news sources tend to be more subjective and often have a strong political bias.
A riveting read about what happens when a local newspaper dies. Death of the Daily News is a brilliantly written book that will appeal to ordinary citizens as well as scholars. It is a timely and vital anatomy of the loss of local journalism, and it is infused with hope for the future. This is a must-read book for anyone who cares about our democracy and our society.