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Death of the Daily News

Daily News

In the 1920s, the New York Daily News was a popular tabloid newspaper that aimed to appeal to a broad audience. Its story lines focused on political wrongdoing, such as the Teapot Dome scandal and the murder trial of Ruth Snyder, and it also delved into social intrigue such as the romance between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII that led to the latter’s abdication. The News was also known for its extensive use of photography and its early adoption of wirephoto services.

In recent years, the newspaper has shifted its editorial stance to a moderate-to-liberal leaning. Its editorial stance has often been contrasted with that of the right-leaning New York Post. Today the News is owned by tronc, which bought it in 2017 for $1.

The newspaper has a high readership for its local news and sports coverage, but it has been struggling in an era when many people have turned to the Internet for their news. The News has been particularly hard-hit by the decline of print advertising, which accounts for most of its revenue. It has attempted to adapt to the changing media landscape by offering online subscriptions and experimenting with video. However, these efforts have not been enough to offset the continuing losses to print advertising.

A searchable database of historic and current Daily News articles is available to Hayward library card holders using the online catalog. The site is a little clunky and cluttered, but it offers the full text of many recent stories in an easy-to-read format. The website is accessible from computers at the library and on the go with an internet connection.

As technology has disrupted journalism, many local newspapers have closed, creating “news deserts.” This troubling trend is mirrored across the country, but few understand the societal impact. In Death of the Daily News, Andrew Conte examines what happens when a town’s newspaper dies, and how some are attempting to build a new kind of local news. This is a deeply reported and wise book, written with empathy and insight by a skilled reporter. It is an essential read for anyone concerned about the future of journalism.