Best College Newspapers
While it may feel as if we’re watching the slow collapse of an American institution, the newspaper, and along with it a breed of journalists that already feels extinct, journalism on college campuses is alive and well.
Many students are still fascinated by journalism, getting the early scoop, uncovering a story that will challenge authorities, and more than anything else, getting the facts to the people.
Here are, according to the Princeton Review, 9 college newspapers where journalism and print are alive and well:
1. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The UNC student paper is The Daily Tar Heel. It was founded on February 23, 1893, and became a daily newspaper in 1929. Since 2001, the Tar Heel has won more than a half-dozen awards from the North Carolina Press Association for its photography, newswriting, and design.
“The innovation which we begin by this morning’s issue is justified by the dullness of the times, and the demand for news among us.”
3. University of Wisconsin – Madison
The Badger Herald was founded more recently, in 1969, it is one of America’s first independent daily student newspapers. The paper is published Monday through Friday during the academic year.
4. Brown University
Established in 1866 and published daily since 1891,The Brown Daily Herald is the second-oldest student newspaper among America’s college dailies. The Herald has a unique style. The paper references academic departments, faculty titles, University campaigns, and organizations abbreviated by acronyms so regularly that it has several case-specific policies for references.
5. Texas A&M University
Texas A&M’s student newspaper is The Battalion, and is often just referred to as The Batt, which makes me wish I went to Texas A&M just so I could’ve frequently referred to the coolest name ever for a newspaper: The Batt.
6. Northwestern University
The Daily Northwestern was established in 1881 and published in Evanston, Illinois. It is run entirely by undergraduates, many of whom are students at Northwestern’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.
7. University of Maryland – College Park
The University’s student paper began in 1910 as The Triangle, and was renamed in 1921 in honor of the local reptile, the Diamondback terrapin. It’s been The Diamondback since.
8. University of Florida
The name of University of Florida’s student paper gives Texas A&M’s a run for their money: The Independent Florida Alligator. The Alligator is the largest student-run newspaper in the United States, with a daily circulation of 35,000 and readership of over 52,000.
9. University of Texas – Austin
The Daily Texan is right behind The Alligator with a daily circulation of 30,000. The Texan has won more national, regional and state awards than any other college newspaper in America and counts 10 Pulitzer Prize winners among its former staff.