Daily News is the nation’s most influential newspaper, offering a powerful combination of local and national news, sports, celebrity, opinion, classified ads, comics and more. The paper’s award-winning writers, columnists and opinion formers deliver a unique mix of big-city news and the latest gossip from New York and beyond. In addition to intense city news coverage, the paper delivers the most up-to-the-minute information on politics, crime, celebrities and sports — especially the Yankees, Mets, Giants and Jets.
Founded in 1919, the Daily News was America’s first tabloid newspaper. Throughout its history, the newspaper’s editorial stance has varied from moderate to liberal to conservative. The paper was a strong supporter of isolationism in the early stages of World War II, and later espoused conservative populism. During the 1990s, it became known as a high-minded centrist alternative to the more conservative New York Post.
As technology has wreaked havoc on the media industry, newspapers have suffered declining revenue and readership. The result is that a growing number of communities lack access to traditional local news sources. These areas are referred to as ‘news deserts’ and the societal effects are troubling. In Death of the Daily News, Andrew Conte offers a sobering and deeply reported look at what happens when a community loses its local newspaper.
Conte examines the case of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, which lost its local paper in 2015. He explains that while it is easy to dismiss what happened in this one town, it is important to understand that what occurred in McKeesport is happening all over the country. The story of what happened is a warning to us all, but it also gives hope for the future. It is a book that should be read and discussed by people who care about the survival of American journalism.