Trends in Digital News Traffic for the Daily News

The New York Daily News is a tabloid newspaper founded in 1878. At its peak in the mid-20th century, it had more than 200,000 readers. It was renowned for its sensational coverage of city and national events. It remained one of the country’s best-selling newspapers even after losing its circulation battle with its rival tabloid, the New York Post.

The paper was also an innovator in new forms of media. In the 1930s, it was an early adopter of the Associated Press wirephoto service and developed a large staff of photographers. In addition, it published a series of special issues each year, including the Yale-Harvard Game Day issue and the Commencement issue. The Daily News was also a pioneer in online journalism, publishing the first web edition of its newspaper in 1996.

In recent years, the newspaper industry has been struggling with declining advertising revenues and subscriber numbers. Despite these challenges, the industry has experienced a resurgence in digital news traffic. Explore the trends and longitudinal data in this fact sheet to learn more about these patterns.

This fact sheet was updated on March 15, 2022, to reflect new information about advertising and subscription revenue. Revenue figures for the 2020 calendar year were revised to reflect a change in the method used to calculate total U.S. daily newspaper circulation (see “Decoded” for details).

UPDATE: January 20, 2023

In a sweeping investigation, NBC News reporter Mary McNamara uncovers alleged corruption by local officials in a scheme to help a family’s business thrive in the shadow of New York City’s largest homeless shelter. The story has led to the resignation of the city’s housing commissioner and prompts calls for an investigation into the broader scandal.

The Daily News is the oldest college daily newspaper in the United States, and was founded on January 28, 1878. It is located in the historic Daily News Building at 450 West 33rd Street in Manhattan, and publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year. The newspaper is independently owned and editorially independent. Its online version, the Yale Daily News Historical Archive, features over 140 years of digitized YDN issues.

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