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Yale Daily News

Posted in History by patriciahysell on January 28, 2014
Yale Daily News - First edition

Yale Daily News – First edition

January 28, 1878: Yale Daily News is first published. It is and always has been an independent student newspaper published by Yale University students. The University itself was established in 1701 in what was then the Colony of Connecticut. It is the third oldest college/university in the US. Four colleges were founded previous to Yale, but only Harvard and William Mary and still exist. Henricus Colledge was founded in 1618 and closed in 1624. Yale’s chartered name was the Collegiate School and it was established with the goal of training clergy and political leaders for the colony. The name changed in 1718 when Elihu Yale gave a substantial gift to the school.

The Yale Daily News is published Monday through Friday during the academic year. It is financially and editorially independent from the University. The editorial and business staff are all students. It is produced in the Briton Hadden Memorial Building in New Haven and printed off-site at Turley Publications in Palmer, Massachusetts. Reporters, mainly freshman and sophomores, cover stories originating on the campus as well as in the city of New Haven and the state of Connecticut. Monday’s editions have an expanded sport section and Friday’s edition have an Opinion Forum and “WEEKEND” – an arts and living section. On Tuesdays, readers find an Arts & Culture spread with a Science & Technology section on Wednesdays. Thursdays have a Business & Enterprise page.

Once only available through subscription, the paper is now delivered free. The Yale Herald, another student newspaper but published only weekly (and delivered free), had cut into the Yale Daily News’s subscription rate and the lowest number was 570 readers in 1994. The daily paper has served as a training ground for many journalists who went on to work for a variety of papers and magazines including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker and The Economist.

This paper, founded in 1878, lays claim to being the “oldest college daily” in the US. However, the claim has detractors. The Harvard Crimson calls itself the “oldest continuously published college daily” since it was founded in 1873. However, its original name was The Magenta and it was only published every two weeks. It did not become a daily paper until 1883. Other papers were published earlier as well, but they were not published on a daily basis until some time after their inception. The Yale Daily News ceased publication briefly during each of the World Wars because their editors volunteered for military service. Today, Julia Zorthian is editor and Julie Leong is publisher for the paper.

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. – Yale Daily News editors in the first edition

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. – H. L. Mencken

I read about eight newspapers in a day. When I’m in a town with only one newspaper, I read it eight times. – Will Rogers

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character. – Lyndon B. Johnson

Also on this day: Beautiful Snow – In 1887, the largest snowflake on record was found.
Serendipitous Find – In 1754, Horace Walpole coined a new word.
Lighting the Night – In 1807, the first street was lit by gas light.
Challenged – In 1986, the Challenger exploded.

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