For more than 130 years, the Yale Daily News has been the primary source of news and debate at Yale. Founded in 1878, it is the oldest college newspaper in the United States. Its alumni have gone on to careers in journalism and public service, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, Joseph Lieberman, Sargent Shriver, Garry Trudeau, and many others. The News is published every weekday when the University is in session and is read by thousands of people around the world.
In addition to extensive coverage of local city news and sports, the Daily News has an active political columnist section, intense celebrity gossip, classified ads, comics, a sports section, and an opinion page. The newspaper is also known for its large and prominent photographs, and it was an early adopter of the Associated Press wirephoto service in the 1930s. The Daily News has been described as the first successful American tabloid newspaper, and it was once one of the highest-circulation newspapers in the country.
During the 1920s, the newspaper became a major source of entertainment by covering social scandals such as Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII’s romance, and by exposing political wrongdoing, such as the Teapot Dome Scandal. It also devoted much attention to photography; in 1948 it established WPIX, the television station whose call letters were inspired by the paper’s nickname, “New York’s Picture Newspaper.”
Readers of the New York Daily News and other newspapers owned by Tribune Publishing will soon go to the polls to vote on a deal that will let cost-cutting hedge fund Alden Global Capital take over the company. But the plan is already stirring resistance among workers, who are planning multi-city rallies and written pleas to keep their jobs.
The Daily News has an extensive editorial staff and a broad range of departments, including news, politics, arts and entertainment, business, and technology. The newspaper also features investigative reporting, editorial cartoons and opinion pieces by its staff members and guest writers. The website includes articles from the current issue of the newspaper, as well as archives of past issues back to the first issue in 1878.