The Daily News
Daily News is a New York-based news media source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Left. This means that the newspaper’s coverage leans toward liberal, progressive or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas. The New York Daily News covers local, national and international news with an emphasis on political stories that impact the American public. The newspaper also features sports and celebrity gossip.
The most important part of any news article is the headline, as this must catch the reader’s attention and create interest in the story. The headline should be short and clear and often uses a question or emotion to draw the reader in.
A good headline may take more time to create than the actual writing of the article. The first paragraph should contain all of the important information, including who, what, where, when and why. The article then expands upon this information in the following paragraphs, giving less and less detail as it goes along. For example, in a football game story, the first paragraph will mention who won the game, how many points each team scored and maybe even give some statistics such as rushing yards and receiving yards. The last paragraph of a news article may simply contain quotes from the coach, a player, a fan in the stands or a spectator.
In the 1920s, the Daily News had one of the highest circulations in the country. It favored sensational subject matter and was known for its use of photography. It emphasized political wrongdoing, such as the Teapot Dome scandal, and social intrigue, such as Wallis Simpson’s romance with King Edward VIII, which led to his abdication. Its editorial stance was generally centrist, although it supported isolationism in the early stages of World War II.
The Daily News was a major competitor of the rival New York Post. It was widely considered the most influential city daily in the United States, and many of its writers went on to hold prominent positions in journalism and public life. Its building on 42nd Street was an official city and national landmark, designed by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood and used as the model for the Daily Planet building in Superman films.
Today, the daily news is dying in America’s communities. The loss of local newspapers leaves residents struggling to understand what is happening in their own backyards and to separate fact from gossip driven by social media. Andrew Conte’s searching and deeply reported Death of the Daily News is a warning that is all too relevant to our times.