The Daily News

Daily News

Founded in 1919, the Daily News was the first successful tabloid newspaper in the United States. Its circulation reached a peak of over a million in the Roaring Twenties, making it one of the biggest newspapers in the world. The success of the News could be attributed to its sensational coverage of crime, scandal, and violence, as well as its use of large photographs and cartoons.

The News also had a reputation for pursuing the rights of New York City’s citizens, particularly those who did not have access to other news outlets. In 1996, it published a series of stories on police brutality against Haitian immigrant Abner Louima that won the News a Pulitzer Prize.

In the same period, the News also expanded into television and radio. It established WPIX (Channel 11 in New York City), whose call letters were based on the News’ nickname of “New York’s Picture Newspaper,” and later purchased what became the city’s first FM radio station, WFAN-FM. The News also maintained local bureaus in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, and was an early adopter of the Associated Press wirephoto service.

While the News was once a powerhouse in terms of both readership and prestige, in recent years its fortunes have declined significantly. In 2017, the News’ circulation halved, and in September of that year its former owners, the Tribune Publishing Company (sold in 2017 to Tronc for $1), went on a firing spree, culling half of its editorial staff.

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