The Yale Daily News
Founded in 1919 as the Illustrated Daily News by Joseph Medill Patterson, the paper was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States. Its early editions focused on sensational coverage of crime, scandal, and violence, lurid photographs, and other entertainment features. The paper attracted a large and diverse readership, including many urban poor people and immigrants.
During its peak, the Daily News was one of the most popular newspapers in America. During this period, it featured large and prominent photographs, intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip, classified ads, comics, a sports section, and an opinion section. The paper also developed a reputation for investigative reporting and had an extensive network of correspondents. It also devoted considerable attention to photography, purchasing what later became the Associated Press wirephoto service and establishing its own staff of photographers. The News also launched the radio station WPIX, which took its call letters from the newspaper’s nickname.
As the newspaper’s circulation declined in the 1970s, it scaled back its coverage and lost market share to its competitors. In 1983, the Daily News was acquired by publisher Arthur Tronc and became part of Tronc’s Tribune Publishing chain. The company later bought the New York Times and other newspaper assets from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in a deal that closed in 2017.
In recent years, the Daily News has struggled to maintain its circulation and readership. Its website has been the focus of several digital journalism experiments. In addition to its online version, the Daily News has launched a weekly print magazine and an app for iPhone and Android. The newspaper has also experimented with new types of video, including augmented reality and virtual reality.
The Yale Daily News (often abbreviated as YDN) is the nation’s oldest college newspaper, published every weekday during the academic year at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Its writers and editors have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and public life, including William F. Buckley, John Hersey, Lan Samantha Chang, Sargent Shriver, Joseph Lieberman, Paul Steiger, Strobe Talbott, and many others.
YDN also publishes the YDN Magazine and special issues, including the Yale-Harvard Game Day Issue, the Commencement Issue, and the First Year Issue. YDN is editorially independent from the university and receives its funding through voluntary subscriptions, advertising, and endowment support. Its alumnae have made gifts to ensure that the Yale Daily News Historical Archive continues to grow and remain accessible.
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