Yale Daily News
Founded on January 28, 1878, the Yale Daily News is America’s oldest college daily newspaper and remains both financially and editorially independent. The News publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year and serves the Yale community, as well as students in the greater New Haven area. The News also produces a weekend supplement called WEEKEND, the Yale Daily News Magazine and special issues throughout the year that celebrate Yale’s Indigenous, Black, AAPI and Latinx communities in collaboration with campus cultural centers and affiliated student groups.
The Daily News features a large photograph, intense city news coverage and celebrity gossip as its signature sections, as well as a comics section, classified ads, sports coverage, and an opinion page. The News is known for its hard-hitting investigative journalism, often uncovering ethical violations and corruption in government or business. In addition, the News has a long history of promoting the rights and interests of women, the working class, and minorities.
In the 1920s, the Daily News became one of the first newspapers to use tabloid format, and it reached its highest circulation in 1947. The newspaper has also been a leader in the field of photography, having been the first to feature color photographs on its front page in 1928. The News has had several iconic photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz, Irving Penn, and Edward Steichen.
The News is also notable for its coverage of major events, including the 1929 Stock Market Crash, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, the first lunar landing in 1969, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The newspaper has been criticized for its controversial coverage of the 9/11 attacks, but it is widely regarded as having played a critical role in shaping public perceptions of the event.
The paper is currently owned by Tribune Publishing, which was acquired by a hedge fund in 2016. Tribune’s owners are seeking to sell the company to a private equity firm. Employees of the Daily News and other Tribune Publishing papers are organizing a union and protesting the sale.
The Daily News is available through News-O-Matic, a digital news platform that provides access to more than 12,000 articles published since 2013. Articles are curated and available in three reading levels and multiple languages, and they can be read aloud or by using a text reader. Additionally, the platform has a search bar that allows teachers to find stories correlated to standards and classroom curriculum. The site offers a variety of other resources for teaching with the Daily News, including lesson plans and activity ideas. News-O-Matic is free to use for teachers and their students. It is a great way to introduce your students to the world’s greatest newspaper.