The Yale Daily News

Founded on January 28, 1878, the Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college daily newspaper and has been financially and editorially independent since its founding. It is free to all members of the Yale community and serves the communities of New Haven and Yale. It publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year and produces special issue editions in collaboration with Yale’s cultural centers and affiliated student groups to celebrate the heritage of the city’s Indigenous, Black, Latino and Asian American communities.

The Yale Daily News Historical Archive is a searchable collection of over 140 years of YDN reporting. This digitized archive is open to the world and accessible via web browser or by downloading PDFs for offline reading. The archive is made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous Yale alumnus. We gratefully acknowledge this support, which has facilitated the migration of the Archive to its current platform and allowed for the addition of issues from 1996 to present.

Newspapers are a vital part of the American news landscape. Despite their financial decline in recent decades, their readership is still increasing overall. This chart shows trends in weekday and Sunday print circulation for newspapers in the United States, from large national newspapers to small local papers.

When newspapers fail in a town, their absence can have deep effects. This troubling story is being played out across America, as ‘news deserts’ proliferate. Andrew Conte’s Death of the Daily News is a searching and deeply reported study of one community’s experience with this phenomenon, and offers guidance for the way forward.

In its heyday in the 20th century, the New York Daily News was a brawny metro tabloid that thrived on investigative journalism and became the model for the fictional Daily Planet in the first two Superman films. Today, it’s owned by Tribune Publishing and is the largest city paper in the country with the ninth-largest daily circulation.

The saga of the New York Daily News is just one example of how newspaper businesses are struggling in an era of declining advertising revenue and digital disruption. The broader challenge facing all newspaper companies is how to adapt and survive in this changing media environment.

This interactive charts show the latest revenue and circulation figures for major newspaper companies in the United States, including the top five largest metro dailies and the four largest national newspapers. It also includes a historical chart of the soaring growth of newspaper companies in the early 2000s, followed by a period of slowing growth and decline. It was not until the mid-2010s that year-over-year revenue gains returned for most newspapers, with a rebound in both online and print revenues. The chart is updated regularly to reflect the most recent data available. Data through 2012 comes from the trade group formerly known as the Newspaper Association of America; data from 2013 onward is based on the Center’s analysis of the financial statements of publicly traded newspaper companies.