The Chronicle (Duke University)

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The Chronicle
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Type Daily student newspaper
Owner(s) Duke Student Publishing Company
Founded December 19, 1905
Language English
Headquarters Durham, North Carolina
Website www.dukechronicle.com

The Chronicle is a daily student newspaper at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. It was first published as The Trinity Chronicle on December 19, 1905. Its name was changed to The Chronicle when Trinity College was renamed Duke University following a donation by James Buchanan Duke.

One of the most highly honored college newspapers in the United States,[1] The Chronicle commands a budget of more than $1 million and employs a staff of 120. Its coverage gained national significance in light of the 2006 Duke lacrosse team scandal.

The Chronicle has a print readership of roughly 30,000, and its website, The Chronicle Online,[2] has an average of more than 70,000 hits each day.[3]

In June 2013, The Chronicle announced it was cutting one day of print heading into the 2013-14 academic year, the paper's 109th volume. The paper's editors and board members emphasized the change was part of a commitment to a digital-first strategy, not the product of financial pressures. During the academic year, The Chronicle has printed Monday through Thursday since August 2013.[4]

At the 2009 Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas, the paper won the Best in Show category for four-year daily tabloids.[5] In 2007, The Chronicle took home four awards from the ACP, including Online Story of the Year for its ongoing coverage of the Duke lacrosse scandal. In 2006, the paper took second place in the Best in Show category in St. Louis, Missouri. Towerview, a monthly newsmagazine distributed with the paper, won Best in Show in the Magazine Feature-Special Audience Category, while its editor, Alex Fanaroff, won first place in the "features story" category. The Chronicle's former editor, Ryan McCartney, placed third in the four-year reporter of the year category.[1] The paper also won Best in Show in the tabloid division in 2005 in Kansas City, Missouri and finished in second place in Editorials that year. In addition, Towerview took home fifth-place honors in the magazine division.[6] In October 2015, The Chronicle was again honored by the Associated College Press, taking home its first Online Pacemaker Award, sharing honors with The Daily Orange and The Stanford Daily.[4]

Journalist and New York Magazine founder Clay Felker was an editor of The Chronicle while a student at Duke in the 1950s. Washington Post sports reporter John Feinstein was a sports writer for The Chronicle and was its sports editor for two years. Wall Street Journal travel editor Scott McCartney was editor of The Chronicle in the 1980s.[7] Recent former Chronicle writers have gone on to work for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, The Atlantic, PolitiFact, The Raleigh News and Observer and The Providence Journal, among other publications.[4]

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