The Daily News is the oldest college newspaper in the United States. It was founded on January 28, 1878, and has been published every weekday since then, except for holidays. The newspaper serves students at Yale University and the city of New Haven, Connecticut. It has been editorially and financially independent since its founding. The News is published Monday through Friday during the school year, with additional special issues each semester including the Yale-Harvard Game Day Issue and Commencement Issue. Many former student editors, writers and contributors have gone on to prominent careers in journalism and public life.
The newspaper has a strong sports presence, featuring extensive coverage of the Yankees, Mets and Giants. It also covers celebrity news, politics and gossip. The newspaper has a large audience of millennials and Generation Z, and is often among the top-ranked local news outlets in terms of social media engagement.
While the majority of popular YouTube news channels are affiliated with a news organization, a small but significant share of these channels are independent (not associated with any specific newspaper). While the average news organization channel produced 33 videos in December 2019, the typical independent channel produced only 12.
The bulk of the videos in our study came from television stations. These included national outlets like CNN, Fox News and NBC News as well as local news channels such as WXYZ-TV Detroit and CBS News Los Angeles. Some of these TV channels produce their own news content, while others are affiliated with popular talk shows or reality TV shows like The View and Last Week Tonight.
A smaller share of these videos (22%) were oriented around a personality. Most of these channels focused on political figures, with the most common being President Trump. While a significant percentage of these Trump-focused videos were about the impeachment proceedings, some focused on the president in the context of domestic issues or other topics.
A larger share of these videos were intended to educate or inform viewers. These videos were intended to educate viewers on a variety of topics, from health and safety to politics and culture. These videos were typically less than five minutes in length, and were accompanied by transcripts or other textual content. A small number of these videos also focused on the history or legacy of the news outlet that created them.