Albany Student Press
|Type||Weekly college newspaper|
|Owner(s)||Albany Student Press Corporation|
|Publisher||Albany Student Press Corporation|
|Headquarters||University at Albany|
The Albany Student Press or the ASP, the newspaper of the University at Albany, The State University of New York, is one of the oldest continuously published and independent college newspapers in the United States.
First published monthly in 1892 as the Normal School Echo the paper would evolve into a weekly in 1916, known as the State College News. The newspaper has evolved into a comprehensive news agency with a circulation of 8,000. It is released on Tuesdays during the school year and is published by the Albany Student Press Corporation. The paper covers campus news, sports, and entertainment, and it includes opinion columns by students. It is delivered to newsstands located around the campus.
The paper receives no funding or advisement of any kind from the school or the Student Association, giving it a fully independent voice on school matters.
The State University News began publishing in the fall of 1916. From 1892 to 1916 a monthly periodical that featured student work was published under the title "The Normal School Echo". The newspaper officially changed its name to the Albany Student Press in 1963 to reflect the growing shift to a major research university. By the 1960s, the newspaper had a growing readership, increased coverage of world, national, and state events. The paper was published twice a week — Tuesdays and Fridays — for many years, but later switched to once a week. In the fall of 1997, the ASP launched SUNY Albany's only creative writing and arts magazine, The Fountain Pen.
In the Fall of 2011, the paper saw several changes to its design. Among the changes are a new masthead featuring the school's purple and yellow-gold colors with no logo as in years prior. There have also been changes to the fonts and layout for a much cleaner look.
The most popular features of the paper include the Crime Blotter, which lists the past week's on-campus crime, and Podium Perspective, which asks six featured students their opinion on a question.
Currently, news wire services cover sporting events not played at home.