The Daily News is a tabloid newspaper published every weekday in New York City. It was founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson as the Illustrated Daily News and was the first daily printed in tabloid format in the United States. The News attracted readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, and cartoons. It was the highest-circulation paper in the nation when it reached its peak circulation of 2.4 million copies a day.
Its editorial stance has changed over the decades. In the 1920s, it leaned Republican and supported isolationism; in the 1940s through the 1960s, it espoused conservative populism. In the late 1970s, it became more centrist and moderate. It has since reverted to a conservative position.
In addition to its main New York City offices, the News has local bureaus in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, and at City Hall, One Police Plaza, and the various county and state courts. It also maintains a national bureau in Washington, D.C.
For much of its history, the News was based in a building on 42nd Street between Second and Third Avenues designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. It was the model for the Daily Planet building in the first two Superman films, and it later served as the headquarters of WPIX-TV (channel 11). In 1995, the News moved to 450 West 33rd Street, now known as Manhattan West.
In the digital age, the News has embraced social media and augmented reality technology to engage with readers. Its website features live streams of its reporters covering events, a daily video blog, and online chats with readers. The News also has a mobile app that provides breaking news alerts and an archive of news and photos.
The News is the oldest college daily newspaper in the United States and is independent from Yale University. Its staff includes writers and editors from Yale’s diverse student population. The paper is free to all students and alumni and is distributed on campus and throughout the region. In addition to the daily edition, the News publishes the Yale Daily News Magazine and special issues for Commencement, First Year, Yale-Harvard Game Day, and other events. The Daily News also has a partnership with Stringr, a remote video newsgathering solution that delivers original packaged news stories in broadcast-ready HD.