Columbia Daily Spectator

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Columbia Daily Spectator
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Spectator Publishing Company, Inc.
Publisher Daniel Friedman
Editor-in-chief Michael Ouimette
Managing editors Samantha Cooney
Founded 1877
Headquarters New York, New York
Circulation 8,000[1]

Columbia Daily Spectator is the weekly student newspaper of Columbia University. It is published at 112th and Broadway in New York, New York. Founded in 1877, it is the oldest continuously operating college news daily in the nation after The Harvard Crimson, and has been legally independent of the university since 1962. During the academic term, it is published online Monday through Friday and printed every Thursday. In addition to serving as a campus newspaper, Spec, as it is commonly known, also reports the latest news of the surrounding Morningside Heights community. The paper is delivered each week to over 150 locations throughout the Morningside Heights neighborhood.


Spectator is published by Spectator Publishing Company Inc, an independent 501(c)(3) corporation.[2] Spectator Publishing Company was formed in 1962[3] and has been independent of Columbia University since then. The president of the Spectator Publishing Company also serves as the editor in chief of the Columbia Daily Spectator.

Spectator's writing departments, each headed by one or two editors, include campus news, city news, sports, arts and entertainment, and opinion. The other non-writing departments, also headed by their own respective editors, include photography, design, online, production, copy, and business. The business departments, which oversee the newspaper's advertising, finances, and alumni relations, are headed by the publisher.

Spec is currently run by the 139th managing board. First-time writers at Columbia begin their time at the paper with a 1- to 2-month trial period, during which they learn the basics of writing an article and publish their first articles. Each November and December, students run for positions at the paper, a grueling process that takes nearly a month. They begin by shadowing, or sitting with the current editors or associate editors and learning the editing process. Next they write proposals for their desired position. The students then take editing tests made up by their department editor that test them on fundamentals. Finally, they go through the "Turkey Shoot," an interview in which the current managing board grills the applicant on why the applicant feels that they would be a good fit for the position. The results of the process, including the new managing board, are announced in mid-December, the weekend before finals.

Recent spinoffs[edit]

In 2005, Spec started printing La Página, a weekly flyer in Spanish with translations of some of the week's English content most relevant to neighborhood readers. It folded within the year.

The next year, in February 2006, the paper launched a series of blogs, SpecBlogs. They were the third Ivy League paper to do this, after the Harvard Crimson 's Sports Blog (December 2005) and The Daily Pennsylvanian 's TheBuzz (January 2006).

In September 2006, Spectator staff launched The Eye, a weekly magazine featuring investigative pieces and commentary on Columbia and New York City. The name of The Eye relates both to the fact that one "spectates" with it and urban theorist Jane Jacobs' notion that "eyes on the street" help keep neighborhoods safe.

In March 2010, Spec launched a new blog, Spectrum, which is updated several times a day with breaking news, columns, and features.

Current management[edit]

Editor in Chief: Michael Ouimette
Managing Editor: Samantha Cooney
Publisher: Daniel Friedman
Campus News Editor:Elizabeth Sedran
City News Editor: Deborah Secular
Editorial Page Editor: Mikhail Klimentov
Arts & Entertainment Editor: Anne Marie Bompart
Sports Editor: Kyle Perrotti
Head Copy Editor: Isaiah Thomas
Photo Editor: Youjin Jenny Jang
Design Editors: Jenna Beers and Emma Volk
Spectrum Editor: Hannah Josi
Editor in Chief, The Eye: Katie McMahon
Director of Product & Audience Development: Caroline Chiu
Director of Events: Genevieve Lewis
Digital Features Editor: Kelly (Qinyi) Fan
Director of Revenue: Rachit Mohan
Staff Director: Sarah Roth

Recent leadership[edit]

Year Board Editor in Chief Publisher Managing Editor
2015 139th Michael Ouimette Daniel Friedman Samantha Cooney
2014 138th Abby Abrams Michael Ouimette Steven Lau
2013 137th Sammy Roth Alex Smyk Finn Vigeland
2012 136th Sarah Darville Alex Smyk Maggie Alden
2011 135th Samuel Roth Aditya Mukerjee Michele Cleary
2010 134th Ben Cotton Akhil Mehta Thomas Rhiel
2009 133rd Melissa Repko Julia Feldberg Elizabeth Simins
2008 132nd Tom Faure Manal Alam Amanda Sebba
2007 131st John Davisson John Mascari Amanda Erickson
2006 130th Steve Moncada Jacob Olson & John Mascari Tim Shenk, succ. by Nick Klagge
2005 129th Megan Greenwell Chase Behringer Theo Orsher & Liz Fink
2004 128th Nick Summers Lauren Appelbaum, succ. by Tanner Zucker James Romoser
2003 127th Telis Demos Amit Melwani Juliana Castedo
2002 126th Alice Boone Rob Bruce Isolde Raftery
2001 125th Michael Mirer Jeff Posnick Nick Schifrin
2000 124th Dan Laidman Jonathan Gordin Miriam Haskell
1999 123rd Nathan Hale Matthew Greer Demetra Kasimis
1998 122nd Eli Sanders David S. Karp Leila Nesson
1997 121st Kim Van Duzer Julie Yufe Sandra P. Angulo
1996 120th Hans Chen
1995 119th Peter G. Freeman Fredrik Stanton Henry Tam, Jr.
1994 118th Ruth Halikman Chris Conway Michael Stanton
1993 117th Elizabeth Berke Leyla Kokmen
1992 116th Kristina Nye Jessica Shaw
1991 115th Kirsten Danis
1990 114th Julie Zuckerman Anna Compaglia Robert Hardt, Jr.
1989 113th Josh Gillette Erica Hennig Jonathan Earle
1988 112th Tracy Connor Roger Rubin Asha Badranith
1987 111th Sara Just Alison Craiglow
1986 110th Jacqueline Shea Murphy
1985 109th Anne Kornhauser Thomas Fitzsimmons William Teichner
1984 108th Aaron J. Freiwald Thomas Fitzsimmons Robert Zeiger
1983 107th Steven Waldman

Notable Spec alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Spectator Publishing Company Inc overview from". Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax; 2012 IRS Form 990 of Spectator Publishing Co Inc" (PDF). Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
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