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Yale Daily News
Yale Daily News September 18 2009.jpg
Yale Daily News September 18, 2009.
Type Daily student newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner The Yale Daily News Publishing Company
Editor Paul Needham
Staff writers 100
Founded 1878
202 York Street
New Haven,CT 06511
Official website

The Yale Daily News is a newspaper published by Yale University students in New Haven, Connecticut since January 28, 1878. The paper's first editors wrote:

The innovation which we begin by this morning's issue is justified by the dullness of the time and the demand for news among us.

Financially and editorially independent of Yale since its founding, the paper is published by a student editorial and business staff five days a week, Monday through Friday, during Yale's academic year. Called the YDN (or sometimes the News or the Daily News), the paper is produced in the Briton Hadden Memorial Building at 202 York Street in New Haven and printed off-site at the Republican-American in Waterbury, CT. Each day, reporters, mainly freshmen and sophomores, cover the University and the city of New Haven. An expanded sports section is published on Monday; "scene", an arts and living section, on Friday. The News prints an Arts & Culture spread on Tuesdays, a Science and Technology spread on Wednesdays, and a Business & Enterprise page on Thursdays.

Staff members are generally elected as editors on the managing board during their junior year. A single chairman led the News until 1970. Today, the editor-in-chief and publisher act as co-presidents of the paper. The "News' View," a staff editorial, represents the position of the majority of the editorial board.

The paper version of the News is distributed for free throughout Yale's campus and the city of New Haven; it is also published online. The paper was once a subscription-only publication, delivered by mail for $40 a year. But subscriptions declined after the 1986 founding of the weekly (and free) Yale Herald student newspaper, bottoming out at 570 in 1994.[1] The News switched to free distribution later that year.

The News claims to be the "Oldest College Daily" in the United States. This claim, however, is contested by other student papers. The Harvard Crimson claims to be "the oldest continuously published college daily", but traces its roots to an 1873 bimonthly publication called The Magenta. Likewise, the Daily Targum at Rutgers University was founded in 1869 but was published initially as a monthly newspaper. The Columbia Daily Spectator, founded one year earlier than the YDN in 1877, claims to be the second-oldest college daily. The Cornell Daily Sun, launched in 1880, claimed to be the "oldest independent college newspaper", notwithstanding the YDN's independence since its founding two years earlier. The Dartmouth of Dartmouth College, which opened in 1799 as the "Dartmouth Gazette," calls itself the oldest college newspaper, though not the oldest daily. Rumpus Magazine, a Yale news and humor monthly founded in 1992, satirically claims to be the "Oldest College Tabloid."

The News serves as a training ground for journalists at Yale, and has produced a steady stream of professional reporters, who work at newspapers and magazines like The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker and The Economist. (See below.)

Yale Daily News magazine.

In addition to the newspaper, the Yale Daily News Publishing Company also produces a monthly Yale Daily News Magazine; special issues of the newspaper for the incoming freshman class, Yale's Class Day and Commencement, and the last home game of the football season; and The Insider's Guide to the Colleges.

During the 2007-8 year, the News premiered "YDNtv" and "YDN Radio" to produce both unique content and to supplement material in the print paper.

On September 3, 2008, the "Oldest College Daily" "premiere[d] a new look" designed by Mario Garcia of Garcia Media and Pegie Stark Adam of Stark Adam Design.[2]

New to the paper is Cross Campus, a daily feature on the front page of the News and now online as a blog.[3]

Major Coverage

Homicide of Annie Le

The News drew wide accolades for its coverage of the Murder of Annie Le, a Yale graduate student found murdered in the basement of her lab. After first breaking the story on September 10, 2009[4], the News continued to advance the story without error.





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