Rocky Mountain Collegian
|Owner(s)||Rocky Mountain Student Media Corp.|
|Headquarters||Colorado State University
Lory Student Center Box 13
Fort Collins, CO 80523
The Rocky Mountain Collegian is the daily student newspaper of Colorado State University. Founded in 1891, the paper is one of the oldest daily student newspapers west of the Mississippi River and is the only student-run daily newspaper in the state of Colorado. In 2010, the Collegian was ranked one of the top three daily student newspapers by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The publication is not an official publication of Colorado State University, but is published by the independent 501(c)3 non-profit Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation using the name ‘The Rocky Mountain Collegian’ pursuant to a license granted by CSU. The Rocky Mountain Collegian is a 10,000-circulation student-run newspaper intended as a public forum. It publishes five days a week during the regular fall and spring semesters. During the first four weeks of summer the Collegian does not publish. During the last eight weeks of summer, Collegian distribution drops to 4,500 and is published weekly on Thursdays. Corrections may be submitted to the editor in chief and will be printed as necessary on page 2. The Collegian is a complimentary publication for the Fort Collins community. The first copy is free. Additional copies are 25 cents each.
The Collegian won the Silver Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for its work in the fall semester of 2008. Its investigative team has received both the Robert Novak Collegiate Journalism Award and its writers have received numerous college journalism accolades throughout the years.
On September 21, 2007, the paper’s editorial board ran the words “Taser This… Fuck Bush” in large bold font as an editorial. Members of the board stated that the editorial was a response to the University of Florida Taser incident, which had occurred earlier that week.
Community members and the campus’ College Republicans called upon Colorado State University’s Board of Student Communications to dismiss Editor-in-chief J. David McSwane, who had final say in all matters of editorial content. After a heated public hearing and a closed-door meeting with witnesses, the board chose only to admonish McSwane for violation of two guidelines in the university’s student media code: use of profane language in an editorial and using poor judgment in framing the editorial.