Founded in 1919, the New York Daily News was the first tabloid newspaper in America. At its peak, it was one of the most widely-circulated newspapers in the world, attracting readers with sensational crime and scandal coverage, lurid photographs, cartoons, classified ads, sports, and other entertainment features. Today it is owned by tronc and operates as the flagship publication of its New York City division.
The Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college daily newspaper, published every weekday during the academic year at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The News strives to be financially and editorially independent from the administration of the University. The News is proud of its rich heritage and long tradition as a forum for news and debate on all important issues facing our society and the world. Many of its alumni have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and public service.
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In the era of online news, where the top-down model of journalism is in decline and ‘news deserts’ are proliferating, the role of citizens as gatekeepers to their own local communities has never been more critical. In this deeply reported book, Andrew Conte takes us to McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where a newspaper once served its residents well but closed in 2015. Using the case of the Daily News as a lens through which to explore broader trends in journalism, Death of the Daily News is a timely, insightful, and necessary anatomy of what happens when a town loses its daily news.
The author of this article is a former member of the staff of the Yale Daily News and has worked in journalism for over 30 years. He is currently an associate professor of journalism at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also the founder of the Center for Media Innovation at the university, which serves as a lab for the future of local and digital journalism. He has authored several books. The New York Times calls him “a writer who knows how to report big-picture stories while keeping the reader engaged.” He is an expert in narrative nonfiction and has taught at several colleges and universities. The New York Times Book Review named his 2016 memoir, “How I Got Here,” a Best Book of the Year. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. Click to read more about the authors and contributors of this website. To contact them, please click here. For our full terms and conditions, please click here.