History of the Daily News
A newspaper is a publication that contains information about current events, usually in a written format. It is often sold and distributed for free or at a reduced price and is typically printed on paper of high quality. Despite the rise in popularity of Internet and social media, newspapers remain one of the largest forms of news dissemination. A traditional newspaper consists of several sections and may be published daily or weekly, although the most popular types are tabloids, which are half the size of broadsheets (600 mm
In the early modern era, increased cross-border interaction created a demand for quick, comprehensive news coverage. The need was initially met by concise handwritten news-sheets, known as notizie scritte or gazettas. The first of these was the monthly notizie scritte, first published by the government of Venice in 1556 for one gazetta, a small coin. Those with a political, military, or economic agenda were able to convey important news about the world and their region in the time it took to walk to the nearest town square and buy the newspaper.
Eventually, the development of printing technology allowed for a wider distribution of the notizie scritte and other news-sheets, as well as books. The most important advancement in the evolution of newspaper was the introduction of the movable type machine, which enabled mass production and reduced costs. The modern newspaper, as we know it today, owes its origins to this innovation.
Many countries have national newspapers that are financed by government agencies and are legally required to maintain neutrality, while others have a private business model and are able to express their own opinions. Most countries also have state-owned or publicly controlled television and radio channels, which are often subsidized by government funds. Moreover, some states have established special funding programs that support the publication of newspapers.
Newspapers are supported by advertising revenue, which comes from companies that pay to advertise their products or services in the paper or on its website. Advertisers may also contribute content to a newspaper, either as a supplement to their regular advertisement or as an independent piece of news reporting.
The Yale Daily News is the nation’s oldest college daily newspaper, founded on January 28, 1878 and serving Yale University in New Haven and the surrounding community. The News publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year and has a number of special issues each year in collaboration with Yale’s cultural centers and affiliated student groups. Its historical archive is accessible to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection.