The Tech (newspaper)

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Front page of The Tech (April 9, 2010)

The Tech, first published on November 16, 1881, is the oldest and largest campus newspaper at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Editions are published on Tuesday and Friday throughout the academic year, Wednesdays during January, and about once a month over the summer. The Tech established an early presence on the World Wide Web, and continues to publish online in tandem with the print edition.

Organization[edit]

The Tech is a completely student-managed, and largely student-written publication, officially recognized as a student activity by the administration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The newspaper is largely self-supporting financially, deriving most of its income from advertising. The publication has an advisory board composed primarily of ex-staffers who are alumni of MIT.

Print edition[edit]

Printed copies are distributed throughout the MIT campus on the morning of publication. As of 2013, The Tech is printed by the Mass Web Printing Company, a unit of Phoenix Media/Communications Group, previously the publisher of the Boston Phoenix. From 2000-2009, The Tech was printed by Charles River Publishing in Charlestown and briefly by Saltus Press in Worcester, after Saltus acquired Charles River Publishing.

Web edition[edit]

The Tech became the first newspaper published on the World Wide Web, as stated on its webpage: "The world's first newspaper on the Web, est. 1993." Earlier, StarText, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's videotex system which displayed newspaper content on computer screens, began in 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas (but did not go on the Internet until 1996). In 1987, the Middlesex News (Framingham, Massachusetts) launched Fred the Computer, a single-line BBS system used to preview the next day's edition and later to organize the newspaper's past film reviews.

Nearly every published issue of The Tech is available online, and most issues are accessible as PDF files. For example, the first issue: The Tech (November 16, 1881). Edited by Arthur W. Walker, it was printed by Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, located at 34 School Street in Boston.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Ergo, student-run campus newspaper, now defunct
  • Thursday, student-run campus newspaper, now defunct

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