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Front page view of October 30, 2007 edition of The Michigan Daily.

The Michigan Daily is the daily student newspaper of the University of Michigan. Its first edition was published on September 29, 1890. It was founded to establish a counterweight to the university's fraternity culture. The newspaper is financially and editorially independent of the University's administration and other student groups, but shares a university building with other student publications on 420 Maynard Street, north of the Michigan Union and Huetwell Student Activities Center. In 2007, renovations to the historic building at 420 Maynard were completed, funded entirely by private donations from alumni. To dedicate the renovated building, a reunion of the staffs of the Michigan Daily, the Michiganensian yearbook, and the Gargoyle humor magazine was held on Oct. 26-28, 2007.

The Michigan Daily is published in broadsheet form five days a week, Monday through Friday, during the Fall and Winter semesters. It is published weekly in tabloid form from May to August. Mondays contain a lengthy SportsMonday Sports section. On Thursdays, the paper publishes an extended arts section called The B-side. Wednesdays include a magazine, originally titled Weekend Magazine. In the fall of 2005, the magazine was renamed The Statement, a reference to former Daily Editor in Chief Tom Hayden's Port Huron Statement. Daily print circulation is currently over 18,000 copies, with over 230,000 unique visitors per month to its website.

Following the closure of The Ann Arbor News in July 2009,[1] The Michigan Daily became the only printed daily newspaper published in Washtenaw County.

History

In 1952, the Soviet delegate to the United Nations, F.A. Novikov, singled out the newspaper as emblematic of American warmongering. On April 12, 1955, when the success of Jonas Salk's polio vaccine was announced at the University of Michigan the Daily was the first newspaper to report it. In 1957, the Daily sent a staff member to Little Rock, Arkansas who, pretending to be a student, attended classes on the first day of integration.

Activist and politician Tom Hayden, a former Daily editor in chief who helped found Students for a Democratic Society while editing the Daily, came to personify the publication's editorial philosophy during the 1960s. The paper was the subject of national press coverage when, in 1967, it urged the legalization of marijuana, and again during the Gulf War in 1991, when it called for the reinstatement of the military draft.

The Daily was instrumental in the spread of the Paul is dead urban legend. An October 14, 1969 Daily article by Fred LaBour and John Gray, entitled "McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light", itemed various "clues", many of them of their own invention, of McCartney's death is claimed by Beatleologist Andru J. Reeve to have been "the single most significant factor in the breadth of the rumor's spread." [2][3]

In addition to Hayden, other notable alumni of The Michigan Daily include two-time Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller, 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, the New York Times' first public editor Daniel Okrent (also famous for being the inventor of Rotisserie League Baseball), Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, former Chicago Tribune editor Ann Marie Lipinski, NFL Network's Rich Eisen and Adam Schefter, longtime Entertainment Weekly film critic Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly editor Henry Goldblatt, Washington Post and Time correspondent and author on Iran Robin Wright, Washington Post reporter Josh White, Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg, and investment banker Bruce Wasserstein.

The first woman editor-in-chief of the Daily was Harriett Woods, who later served in Missouri State government, ran for the Senate twice in the 1980s nearly beating John Danforth the first time, and led the National Women's Political Caucus through its Year of the Woman in 1992.

Alumni of the publication include editors and reporters at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Village Voice, Pitchfork Media, Rolling Stone, This American Life, The New York Observer, The Chief (newspaper), Reason, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Associated Press, Roll Call, Time Magazine and Detroit Free Press.

Daily alumni who have won Pulitzer Prizes include:

Jeremy W. Peters, the Michigan Daily News Editor in 2000-01, who was part of the New York Times reporting staff, which was awarded the Pulitzer for Breaking News in April 2009, for coverage of the sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer; Eugene Robinson, Michigan Daily Co-Editor-in-Chief in 1973-74, who was awarded a Pulitzer in April 2009 for his Washington Post commentaries on the 2008 presidential campaign; Amy Harmon, 2008 Explanatory Reporting Pulitzer/The New York Times; Lisa Pollak, 1997 Feature Writing Pulitzer, The New York Times; Ann Marie Lipinski, 1988 Investigative Reporting Pulitzer, The Chicago Tribune with Dean Baquet and William Gaines; Daniel Biddle, 1987 Investigative Reporting Pulitzer, Philadelphia Inquirer with H. G. Bissinger and Fredric N. Tulsky; Staff / The Sun Newspapers of Omaha, NE, including Stanford Lipsey, 1973 Local Investigative Specialized Reporting Pulitzer; and Arthur Miller, 1962 Music Pulitzer and 1949 Drama Pulitzer.[4]

The current editor-in-chief is Gary Graca.

References

  1. ^ "Ann Arbor News to Close in July," Ann Arbor News, 23 Mar. 2009. Accessed 23 Mar. 2009.
  2. ^ McCartney interview - barefoot: Jan 31, 1974 rollingstone.com - Retrieved: 5 August 2007
  3. ^ Glenn, Allen, "Paul is dead (said Fred)", Michigan Today (November 11, 2009)
  4. ^ University of Michigan Office of Student Publications,http://www.pub.umich.edu/

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