Using the Daily News to Teach Media Literacy and Critical Thinking Skills

Daily News

A daily newspaper is a periodical publication that provides news and information about current events locally, regionally or nationally. It may cover politics, government, sports, crime, economics or social issues. It can include editorial opinions or personal letters and advertisements. It is usually written by journalists who don’t have subject expertise and it is generally not scholarly or technical in nature. It can be printed daily, weekly or biweekly.

News articles follow a format known as the Inverted Pyramid, meaning that the most important information—the who, what, when, where and why of a story—are placed at the beginning of an article while less newsworthy or background information is positioned at the end. This helps readers quickly scan a news article for the relevant details without having to read the entire piece. The last part of a news article often includes any extra or surrounding information, including links to other related news reports, quotes from experts and witnesses or even a summary of what has occurred.

Photographs and other visual images are a common feature of newspapers today. Some are posed for the camera, while others depict an event or issue. The first photographic image published in a newspaper was a picture of a train wreck in 1880, but it was not until 1919 that a daily newspaper regularly included photographs. Before then, sketch artists created pictures to illustrate stories.

The Daily News is a morning tabloid newspaper founded in 1919 by Joseph Medill Patterson and located in New York City. It was one of the first successful tabloids and attracted readers with sensational coverage of crime, scandal and violence, lurid photographs and cartoons. It engaged in a long circulation battle with its rival the New York Post, but by the 21st century had lost much of its luster.

Educators use Daily News in the classroom to teach students critical thinking and media literacy skills. The website offers a range of resources to support teaching with the content, including lesson plans and activities. Its digital edition is available on desktop and mobile devices, allowing learners to access the site anywhere, anytime.

Teachers incorporate News-O-Matic daily news articles into their ELA, science, social studies and SEL lessons. Its archives contain thousands of articles that can be searched by topic or date. The site also allows educators to search for articles correlated to state and national standards, making it easy for them to plan lessons and assignments.

In the 1930s, a female journalist named Jackie Ormes was known for her popular comic strip “Brenda Starr, Reporter.” Inspired by Hollywood actress Rita Haywood and other women who took on men’s roles, the cartoon featured an empowered and determined reporter who could tackle any story. On September 1, 2020, Google honored Ormes with a slideshow and short biography on its Google Doodle to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the comic’s debut. The Daily News is a newspaper for and about the Yale community, publishing Monday through Friday during the academic year. Its staff is financially and editorially independent of the university. It is complemented by the Friday supplement, WEEKEND and several special issues each year celebrating the communities of Indigenous, Black, AAPI and Latinx Yalens.