The New York Daily News was once the largest circulation newspaper in the United States. At its peak in 1947, the newspaper had 2.4 million copies a day. In addition to a wide array of articles and photographs, the paper had an opinion section that featured cartoons, celebrity gossip, and classified ads.
But by the late twentieth century, the newspaper had become increasingly strained and in financial trouble. In 1993, the newspaper was purchased by a real estate mogul, Mortimer B. Zuckerman. He sold it to Chicago-based media company Tronc for a dollar. Afterward, the Daily News became a subsidiary of Tribune Publishing. Since then, it has been published by the company, and has continued to win 11 Pulitzer Prizes.
Although the Daily News is still publishing, it has been going through financial trouble for decades. A major reason for its decline is the advent of technology. As a result, the newspaper has been forced to cut its newsroom staff in half. This has left many workers worried about the future of their job.
Andrew Conte, who has been a reporter for a number of years, has written a poignant book about the tragedy of losing local newspapers. He describes the effects on communities that lose their newspapers, and argues that local journalism is vital. With a background in national and local news, he approaches the subject with empathy and skill.
In Death of the Daily News, he investigates how the newspaper’s death affects a town. He shows how technology has changed the way people interact with their communities, and how some people are trying to build a new kind of local journalism. Moreover, he suggests that citizens are increasingly becoming the gatekeepers of information.
The Daily News, which has long cast wary eyes across five boroughs, is no longer able to hold the attention of the city. Instead, it relies on digital technologies and popular platforms to interact with readers. It also allows users to download editions for offline reading. These features offer a heightened reading experience. Users can also share stories through email.
A rich book with a well-organized approach, Death of the Daily News gives readers an insight into the tragic loss of local journalism. Through its exploration of stages of grief, the book demonstrates how some people are attempting to rebuild a new form of local journalism. While the book offers a sobering view of the consequences of a community losing its newspaper, it also opens the door to a brighter future.
By the early 1990s, the Daily News was shifting from a conservative to a more liberal stance. It began publishing more articles about social issues, and gained a reputation as a moderate alternative to the right-wing New York Post. However, by the mid- to late-1970s, the Daily News started losing readers. For a time, the Daily News was a brawny metro tabloid.
After a massive coronavirus pandemic, the Daily News employees were working remotely. The company’s iconic four-faced clock remained in the newsroom, but its reporters had to collect their belongings.