The Yale Daily News is a student newspaper published every weekday when classes are in session. The paper has a long history as the most prominent and influential undergraduate paper in the United States and its staff members have gone on to important jobs in journalism, politics and public life, including William F. Buckley, Lan Samantha Chang, John Hersey, Joseph Lieberman, Strobe Talbott, Sargent Shriver, Garry Trudeau, and many others. It is the oldest college daily in the country and remains the leading source of debate at Yale.
The latest issue of the Daily News is available online here. Each article includes comprehension and critical thinking questions for students, along with “Background” and “Resources” (including video clips and maps) to help students understand the context of the story. The Daily News has an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Left, which indicates that it presents news and opinions that strongly align with liberal, progressive or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas.
During our analysis, we found that most videos did not take a clear stance on their main topic. However, one in five channels associated with news organizations focused on Trump – nearly double the number of independent channels. This is likely because news organizations tend to have a larger audience and thus can attract viewers who are interested in particular personalities or specific political issues.
In addition to Trump, other frequent topics included immigration, the economy and crime. However, only a small number of videos addressed these issues in any depth. Overall, the vast majority of news videos were neither positive nor negative – 69% were either mixed or neutral in tone, while just 22% were positively biased toward their main topic.
News videos are often focused on current events and, as a result, they can provide a snapshot of the political environment in which a community is operating. These snapshots can help inform citizens and policymakers about the current state of the political environment in their area, which in turn can influence their decisions.
While the decline of local newspapers is a troubling development, there are signs that it may be possible to revive this vital service. In Death of the Daily News, Andrew Conte provides a compelling anatomy of what happens when a town loses its newspaper and explores ways that the service can be restored.
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