As the first tabloid newspaper to make a name for itself in the United States, the New York Daily News once had one of the largest circulations in the world. In its heyday in the 1920s, it attracted readers with sensational coverage of crime and scandal, lurid photographs, classified ads, cartoons and other entertainment features. Its success served as a model for the tabloid depicted in the movie The Daily Planet, which counted Clark Kent and Lois Lane among its reporters. It also influenced the founders of The Post and the modern era of television newscasts.
In its later years, the paper struggled to keep up with its rivals in terms of advertising revenue and circulation numbers. In 2010, the News was sold to Tribune Publishing, which slashed staff and began closing offices. The News, which has long strayed from its roots as a traditional print newspaper, recently emphasized its website.
The company ascribes its decline to the changing times and to its inability to attract a younger audience. Its website has become hopelessly cluttered, with pop-up ads and redirects that often prevent people from reading the stories they want. The paper has also had a difficult time keeping up with the rise of social media.
Despite its challenges, the Daily News continues to publish and report on news that is relevant to the city of New York. Its journalism has won a number of Pulitzer Prizes in categories such as editorial writing and international reporting. In addition, the newspaper has been a source of popular culture, influencing the careers of many notable writers, including Norman Mailer and Truman Capote.
The New York Times has said the newspaper’s “highly ambitious” editorial stance is often more centrist than left-leaning. The Daily News has a reputation for covering politics, crime, and celebrity gossip, as well as sports and other local news. Its editorial board is composed of prominent politicians, celebrities and journalists. In addition to its main news section, the Daily News contains a comics page, advice columnists and various other sections. The newspaper’s headquarters is located in Manhattan. The building, which is occupied by the Daily News and other businesses, is famous for its distinctive clock tower. In the early 1990s, the Daily News moved from its old headquarters on East 42nd Street to a former office building on West 33rd Street that straddled the railroad tracks going into Pennsylvania Station. The Daily News relocated again in 2011 to a building that formerly housed The New York Post.