Death of the Daily News

Daily News

Founded in 1919, Daily News was the first newspaper printed in tabloid format. In addition to intense city news coverage, it features celebrity gossip and classified ads, comics, a sports section, and opinion sections. It has a long tradition of highlighting political wrongdoing and social intrigue (such as the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to his abdication). It also covers national events, such as natural disasters and terrorism. The paper has a large staff of photographers and a reputation for excellence in photography. It has a liberal lean, and its AllSides Media Bias Rating is Left.

In the United States, hundreds of local newspapers have shut down since 2015, creating “news deserts” for millions of citizens. In Death of the Daily News, Andrew Conte follows one small town’s struggle to keep informed after it loses its newspaper—and shows how the future of local journalism rests in redefining what community news is and who is its trusted source.

The Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college newspaper, and it serves the Yale and New Haven communities. The News is independent of the Yale administration and is published Monday through Friday during the academic year. The News also publishes special issues during the school year such as the Game Day Issue, Commencement Issue, and the First Year Issue.

Each Daily News article contains comprehension and critical thinking questions that are designed to engage readers and help them gain a deeper understanding of the story. Additionally, each article includes “Background” and “Resources” to support the questions with additional information.

This book would be a depressing read in anyone else’s hands, but Andrew Conte approaches the subject with intelligence and compassion. His book is a lifeline for communities that have lost—or are in danger of losing—their local papers. It is also a call to arms for the journalistic profession to rethink its role in this new age of technology and social media, and a hopeful ode to the power of community journalism.


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