The New York Daily News is an American newspaper published in tabloid format. It was founded in 1919 and is currently owned by Tribune Publishing. The News is known for its intense city news coverage, celebrity gossip, classified ads, comics, sports and a strong editorial stance. It maintains local offices in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens as well as at City Hall and One Police Plaza. The News also runs radio stations (WPIX and WFAN), a TV station (channel 11), and a website.
In 1948 the News built what became known as the “New York Daily News Building” at 450 West 33rd Street, where its world headquarters remains today. The News has a long history of innovative and groundbreaking journalism. It is credited with being the first U.S. daily printed in tabloid format and was the first to feature color photography on a regular basis. The News was a pioneer in the field of investigative reporting and was instrumental in getting the public to support the prosecution of Nazi war criminals during World War II.
The News’s early coverage of organized crime, including mafia figures like Lucky Luciano and John Gotti, helped to fuel anti-mafia sentiment. The paper was also a strong advocate for civil rights and women’s equality, as evidenced by articles in the 1960s that focused on such issues as rape, discrimination, and abortion rights. The paper was also a leader in promoting the use of technology for journalism, such as the use of photojournalism for television and its launch of the world’s first electronic stock market.
Since the 1990s, the editorial stance of the News has been described as being moderately liberal and centrist. It is viewed as a counterpoint to the conservative, populist New York Times and has a high AllSides Media Bias Rating of Left.
Hedge fund owner Heath Freeman’s ruthless cost-cutting at the New York Daily News has taken a toll on its staff. Journalists are taking to social media and rallying in New York and elsewhere against the paper’s pending sale to Tribune Publishing, a move that could result in significant layoffs and a possible Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.