In its 20th-century heyday, the Daily News was a brawny metro tabloid that thrived when it dug into crime and corruption. Its newspaper building—the model for the Daily Planet of the first two Superman films—was an official city and national landmark designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. The newspaper moved to 450 West 33rd Street (also known as Manhattan West) in 1995, but its 42nd Street home remains a shrine, adorned with a giant globe and weather instruments in the lobby. In the lobby is a wooden bench that has been where Dick Young, Jimmy Cannon, and other Daily News mainstays have sat through the years.
In addition to intense city news coverage, the Daily News features celebrity gossip and classified ads, as well as sports news, comics, and opinion sections. It has won Pulitzer Prizes for commentary and feature writing. It also once boasted the highest weekday circulation among New York newspapers, and it was one of the top-selling papers in the country.
The paper’s editorial stance has been described as “flexibly centrist” with a high-minded, if populist, legacy. It has supported isolationism in the early stages of World War II, and it has been a strong supporter of affirmative action for college admissions.
Since its inception, the Daily News has been at the forefront of many major events in United States history. It was the first paper to report on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and its reporters have been instrumental in uncovering several major political scandals. The newspaper has been one of the most influential newspapers in the world, and it is widely credited with shaping American politics.
Local news is critical to democracy and a vibrant civic life, but the future of local journalism is uncertain. With the decline of traditional print newspapers, people are increasingly turning to online sources for their daily news. This shift has created opportunities for new businesses and new ways to present news and information.
There are many factors that contribute to the decline of local news, including economic conditions and the rise of social media platforms. In addition, the growth of online media has made it difficult for print publications to compete with their digital counterparts. In the face of these challenges, local news organizations are trying to find innovative ways to attract readers and increase revenue.
Death of the Daily News is a riveting book that explores what happens when a town loses its local newspaper and how some residents are fighting to resurrect it. This book is a must read for anyone interested in local journalism and the future of the media industry. It is a fascinating, informative, and ultimately hopeful book that makes an important contribution to the ongoing discussion about how to ensure a robust and diverse news ecosystem. The book will be of interest to students of journalism, history, and public policy. It will also appeal to general readers interested in the state of modern journalism.