|Owner(s)||Maryland Media, Inc.|
|Headquarters||College Park, Maryland|
The Diamondback is the award-winning independent student newspaper of the University of Maryland, College Park. It was founded in 1910 as The Triangle and renamed in 1921 in honor of a local reptile, the Diamondback terrapin (the terrapin became the official school mascot in 1933). The current editor in chief is Laura Blasey. The newspaper is published daily Monday through Friday during academic sessions and once a week during the summer, with a print circulation of 14,000, down from a high of more than 21,000, and what used to be annual advertising revenues of more than $1 million. It is usually only about eight pages due to declining advertising revenue in recent years.
The paper's current independent status was originally intended as punishment—the Board of Regents cut off student funding after The Diamondback's actions in 1971, when it ran two pages blank in protest of campus censorship and placed tombstones on its editorial page in protest of the Vietnam War.
The paper's offices are located on the third floor of the South Campus Dining Hall, across from the WMUC-FM radio station.
The Diamondback is split into four sections:
- News - The news section covers both on- and off-campus news, specifically in the region of College Park, Maryland, but also expands coverage to Annapolis, Maryland, when the state's legislature is in session.
- Opinion - The editorial section contains The Diamondback's editorial, op-eds and letters to the editor, and editorial cartoons.
- Diversions - The entertainment section contains reviews of movies and music, as well as concerts and plays around the College Park region.
- Sports - The sports section covers University of Maryland athletics, including men's basketball and football. This section often has a combination of news and opinion articles.
The editorial page of The Diamondback has a general stance of free market Libertarianism. This philosophy is seen in its opposition to rent control, calls for privatization, opposition to tax hikes and inclination for the university to decrease reliance on public funding, and support of a resolution to relax marijuana penalties on campus.
For the 2012-2013 school year, The Diamondback was named the Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper in Region 2 of the Society of Professional Journalists. 
For the 2008-2009 school year, The Diamondback placed second in the national Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards ranking of daily student newspapers. It received the first-place award for its region.
For the 2005-2006 school year, The Diamondback received a Mark of Excellence award, placing 3rd nationally for Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper and placing first in its region in the same category.
Notable journalists who worked at The Diamondback include:
- Jayson Blair (editor-in-chief in 1996), former journalist for The New York Times. Blair achieved nationwide notoriety as a journalist at the Times for serious reporting errors, fabrication of facts, and plagiarism. A letter signed by 30 former Diamondback staffers regarding the situation with Blair also complained about the lack of involvement by the board that owns the paper.
- Norman Chad (editor-in-chief in 1978), an ESPN columnist and World Series of Poker commentator.
- Brian Crecente (reporter 1993–1994), editor-in-chief of Gawker Media website Kotaku named one of the 20 most influential people in the video game industry over the past 20 years.
- David Mills, a former features writer for The Washington Times and The Washington Post. Mills also found success in Hollywood. He was a television writer for NYPD Blue from 1995 to 1997. He also wrote several episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street and ER. In 2003, he created Kingpin, an NBC miniseries. He has won two Emmy Awards.
- Michael Olesker, former columnist for the Baltimore Sun, commentator for WJZ-TV and writer for the Baltimore Examiner. He resigned from the Sun after accusations of plagiarism.
- David Simon, author of Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and The Corner. Based on his books, Simon later created the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street and The Wire, as well as the mini-series, The Corner.
- Charlie Samuels (features 1983-84) has been contributing to The New York Times on a freelance basis since 1990 and has been assigned by Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, USA Today and Sports Illustrated.
- Frank Cho's strip Liberty Meadows started as a cartoon strip called University2 for The Diamondback.
- Aaron McGruder's comic strip The Boondocks first premiered in The Diamondback in 1997. The comic has since gone on to widespread success in syndication, and has its own television show.
- Jeff Kinney's comic strip Igdoof ran in The Diamondback in the early 1990s. He writes and illustrates the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series and web comic.
- "2010-2011 Advertising Prospectus & Publication Schedule". The Diamondback Online. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
- Amicus brief in Rossignol v. Voorhaar
- Censoring the College Press
- Staff Editorial: Misplaced efforts
- Staff Editorial: Privatize Dining Services
- Editorial - Shelve the tax raise proposal
- Staff Editorial: Graduating to courageous governance
- Staff Editorial: Co-opted?