Death of the Daily News

The Daily News is an American tabloid newspaper, founded in 1919 in New York City as the Illustrated Daily News. It is a member of the Tribune Publishing Company and its Digital First Media division, which publishes more than 200 newspapers in the United States.

It is primarily a New York City-centered newspaper with a strong focus on hard-hitting journalism. The newspaper is known for its bold headlines and doorstep reporting, which is often used in conjunction with deep sourcing. It generally leans left but has endorsed Republican candidates for President, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and has also taken on crusades against current Mayor Bill de Blasio and the administration of President Donald Trump.

In recent years, the newspaper has been criticized for its sensationalism and for taking on political crusades that may be counterproductive to its journalistic mission. In addition, the paper is a major employer in the city and has been hit by budget cuts that have led to layoffs of staffers.

The New York Daily News is one of several newspapers in the city that was a target for the 2008 financial crisis, which led to a wave of layoffs among the city’s newsrooms. The city’s other main newspaper, the New York Times, was not affected by the crisis. The resulting layoffs, combined with the increasing number of online-only competitors, have contributed to the decline of traditional print journalism in the United States.

A powerful, wise, and worthwhile study of a very serious topic, Death of the Daily News explores the troubling effects that a local newspaper’s disappearance can have on a community. Versions of this tragic story are playing out all over the country as ‘news deserts’ proliferate at a frightening rate, and the societal consequences are not well understood. Andrew Conte’s deeply reported study of what happened in the small Pennsylvania town of McKeesport is an important contribution to the understanding of these issues.

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