A newspaper is a publication printed on paper and issued at regular intervals, typically daily or weekly. It usually contains news, articles, advertisements, and sometimes cartoons. It may be distributed by subscription, in stores or on the street, or through mail or at public services such as post offices. Newspapers are also found in many other forms, including online and electronic formats.
In its 20th-century heyday, the Daily News was a brawny metro tabloid that thrived when it dug into crime and corruption. It served as a model for The Daily Planet, the tabloid depicted in the 1994 movie “The Paper,” and has won Pulitzer Prizes in commentary and feature writing. Today, the newspaper has a much smaller circulation and has struggled to stay competitive as other media outlets have gained prominence.
The Daily News traces its roots to the original New York City daily newspaper, the Illustrated Daily News, founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson. The News, which changed its name in 1937 to the Daily News, was the first newspaper in the United States to use a tabloid format. It reached its peak in 1947, with 2.4 million daily copies, when it was the world’s highest-circulation daily newspaper. Today, the paper has a circulation of around 1.1 million.
In addition to intense city news coverage, the paper features celebrity gossip, classified ads, comics, a sports section and an opinion section. Its editorial staff includes reporters, who primarily report facts that have been gathered, and columnists, who write regular articles recounting their personal opinions. Photographers and graphic artists provide images to support articles, and printers produce the physical copies of the newspaper.
The newspaper was once the largest-circulation daily in the United States, but it has lost market share to television and online sources. In recent years, the News has shifted its focus to investigative journalism and local community engagement, and has partnered with non-profit news organizations to produce video news reports. The newspaper has also expanded its online presence, and has launched a successful digital subscription service.
A number of people are known for their work at the Daily News, including a former mayor of New York City, the Reverend Jesse Jackson; author and journalist William F. Buckley; actor and comedian Jerry Springer; and journalist and activist Samantha Chang. Current and former employees have held leadership positions in government, education, business, the arts, and sports.
The Daily News is headquartered at 4 New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan. It has regional offices in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, as well as at the offices of City Hall, One Police Plaza, and the various state and federal courthouses. It is also the parent company of WPIX-TV and an AM radio station called NewsRadio 106.9. The Daily News has been the subject of several lawsuits and protests in recent years, particularly in the wake of the financial troubles of its owner, Tribune Publishing, which is attempting to sell it to the hedge fund Alden Global Capital.