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The Daily Californian
Feb. 3, 2017 issue
TypeStudent newspaper
Owner(s)Independent Berkeley Students Publishing Company, Inc.
Editor-in-chiefKavya Gupta
Staff writers401[citation needed]
Headquarters2483 Hearst Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States
Circulation10,000 (M/Tu/Th/F)

The Daily Californian (Daily Cal) is an independent, student-run newspaper that serves the University of California, Berkeley, campus and its surrounding community. It formerly published a print edition four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during the academic year, and twice a week during the summer. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in California, however, The Daily Californian has been publishing a print newspaper once a week on Thursdays.[1]


The Daily Californian became independent from UC Berkeley in 1971 after the campus administration fired three senior editors over an editorial that encouraged readers to "take back" People's Park. Both sides came to an agreement, and The Daily Californian gained financial and editorial independence from the university and is now published by an independent corporation called the Independent Berkeley Students Publishing Company, Inc.[2] The paper licenses its name from the Regents of the University of California.[3][4][5]

On November 24, 1982, three days after the November 20th Big Game (now known for The Play), early morning readers of the Daily Cal were chagrined to find in the headline of the front page: "NCAA Awards Big Game to Stanford."[6] Hundreds of copies of the Daily Cal with this fake headline had been strewn about campus in the wee hours. This was in fact a hoax perpetrated by aggrieved Stanford fans.

A Daily Cal rack on the UC Berkeley campus

The Daily Californian has a history of publishing spirited editorials, and in some cases, editions containing controversial editorials have been subjected to newspaper theft. In 2002, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates agreed to pay restitution after admitting to having thrown away a thousand copies of The Daily Californian after it endorsed his opponent, then-Mayor Shirley Dean. In May 2003, nearly 5,000 papers were stolen by students protesting coverage of the arrest of a Cal football player. The largest act of theft took place in November 1996 when the paper's senior editorial board endorsed Proposition 209.[7] Nearly 23,000 papers were stolen on Election Day 1996,[8] and in the following days, copies of the paper were tossed off the balcony of the newspaper's office and burned in effigy.[9]

As a way to repair relations with campus community members angered by the publication of the editorial endorsing Proposition 209, editors at the Daily Cal established the nation's first regular college newspaper sex column. The column, now known colloquially as "Sex on Tuesday", led to college papers across the country to create similar sex columns.[10]

On October 16, 2006, the Daily Cal launched its first blog, The Daily Clog, a student-life blog that accumulates various tidbits about Berkeley and college life.[11]

On August 25, 2008, the Daily Cal announced that it would no longer print a paper version of the newspaper on Wednesdays amidst a decline in advertising revenues and higher newspaper costs.[12]

The Daily Californian Alumni Association[edit]

Many former Daily Cal staffers have joined The Daily Californian Alumni Association (DCAA) since its resurrection in August 1996.[13] A unit of The Daily Californian Education Foundation, the DCAA provides mentorship and financial support to the current student staff.

Membership is open to all former staff members of The Daily Californian or student publications office staff (pre 1971). Reunions are held every October during homecoming weekend on the Berkeley campus.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Daily Californian".
  2. ^ "The Daily Cal: Berkeley's student paper at a tipping point". Berkeleyside. April 6, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "Display Advertising". The Daily Californian. August 21, 2006. Archived from the original on August 21, 2006.
  4. ^ Baxter, Adelyn (August 2, 2012). "Daily Cal bids farewell to Eshleman, moves to new office on Northside". The Daily Californian.
  5. ^ Szinai, Julia (August 26, 2008). "Daily Cal Budget Woes Force Production Cuts". The Daily Californian. Archived from the original on October 16, 2015.
  6. ^ Kuns, Bill (November 24, 1982). "The Daily Californian: NCAA awards Big Game to Stanford". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  7. ^ Zamora, Jim Herron (November 6, 1996). "Daily Cal's 23,000 copies disappear after angry call". San Francisco Examiner.
  8. ^ Herscher, Elaine (November 6, 1996). "Daily Cal Stolen Off Racks – Prop. 209 Cited". San Francisco Chronicle.
  9. ^ Thornton, Paul (December 12, 2002). "Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates to Plead Guilty to Theft". The Daily Californian. Archived from the original on March 27, 2006.
  10. ^ Zimmerman, Jonathan (August 8, 2016). Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-19-062742-3.
  11. ^ "The Daily Clog". The Daily Californian. Archived from the original on December 3, 2006.
  12. ^ Bhattacharjee, Riya (August 28, 2008). "Daily Cal in Financial Trouble". The Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  13. ^ "The Daily Californian".
  14. ^ Flynn, Kerry (June 9, 2020). "Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport resigns after brown face photo sparks anger". CNN. Archived from the original on June 19, 2020. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  15. ^ Lee, Wendy (August 27, 2008). "Alums to Honor Ron Fimrite". The Daily Californian. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  16. ^ Lee, Wendy (November 12, 2009). "Lazarus, Schacht Honored as Alumni of the Year". The Daily Californian. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  17. ^ Platten, Andrea (April 18, 2016). "2 Daily Californian alumni, Berkeley resident win Pulitzer Prizes". The Daily Californian. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  18. ^ "TV One". TV One. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009.
  19. ^ Karlyn Barker. "The Daily Californian : Paper Gave Honoree 'A Career I Still Love'" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 28, 2006. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  20. ^ "Michael Silver | Yahoo Author Profile". April 20, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  21. ^ "Michael Silver's Rollin' With – Writer Archive". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  22. ^ "Times writer wins honor". Los Angeles Times. November 13, 2006. Retrieved December 6, 2013.

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