The Death of the Daily News: A Tale of Two Cities
The Daily News, the morning tabloid newspaper published in New York City, has been around for over a century. The publication has produced award-winning writers, celebrities, and sports coverage. Its mission is to cover life in New York. Today, the Daily News is one of the nation’s largest selling newspapers. While the paper has changed, its core mission of covering the daily news and giving voice to the less fortunate is intact.
In its heyday, the Daily News was a daily that boasted a circulation of more than a million copies. The newspaper featured cartoons, celebrity gossip, and sensational crime coverage. A reporter strapped a camera to his leg to take a photograph of an execution. At one point, the Daily News was the largest circulated paper in the United States. As the Daily News has evolved, it has also changed its name from the Illustrated Daily News to the Daily News.
One of the many incarnations of the Daily News is the Daily News interactive edition, which is available on computers and mobile devices. It is the most convenient way to read the paper, offering the same content in an easy-to-read format. Users can swipe between pages, download a version for offline reading, and share stories via email. They can also access the full-text newspaper on their smartphone.
The Death of the Daily News: A Tale of Two Cities is a fascinating look at how a local newspaper shaped a town. Author Andrew Conte has spent over two decades covering local news and he knows how to tell a story. He explores the many ways in which technology and social media have changed the journalism industry. Through his lens, he reveals how a community reacts when it loses its newspaper and how new technologies can be harnessed to build a new kind of local journalism.
One of the best parts of the book is that it uses the newspaper’s death as an opportunity to examine the other side of the ledger. Specifically, how a newspaper can be an indicator of a community’s health. There are several examples of how a dying newspaper can provide important insights and guidance to help communities thrive. Some of these ideas aren’t necessarily well known. Using the example of McKeesport, a once-prosperous town that now has a population of only a few thousand, Conte demonstrates how a newspaper can be a window into a town’s past.
This is not a book to be taken lightly, but it does offer a number of lessons to be learned from its depiction of the daily newspaper. Whether readers are scholars, academics, or just interested in the media, the book has something to say.
If you are a news junkie, then you will likely appreciate the book’s discussion of the most successful and impressive news-related features of the Daily News. From its interactive edition to its digital features, the Daily News has changed the way that readers read, allowing them to get the news they want on their own terms.