Duke Chronicle

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The Chronicle
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The front page from September 7, 2020
TypeDaily student newspaper
Owner(s)Duke Student Publishing Company
Editor-in-chiefMilla Surjadi[1]
Managing editorKatie Tan[1]
News editorKathryn Thomas[1]
Opinion editorMarina Chen[1]
Sports editorJonathan Levitan[1]
Photo editorWinnie Lu and Becca Schneid[1]
FoundedDecember 19, 1905; 117 years ago (1905-12-19)
HeadquartersDurham, North Carolina

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[peacock prose] college newspapers in the United States,[2] The Chronicle commands a budget of more than $1 million and employs a staff of 120, including undergraduates at Duke Kunshan University.[3] Its coverage gained national significance in light of the 2006 Duke lacrosse team scandal. The paper is independent of the university and as such is governed by a board composed largely of former staff members.

The Chronicle has a print readership of roughly 30,000, and its website, The Chronicle Online,[4] has an average of more than 70,000 hits each day.[5]

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.[6] In 2018, the paper moved to twice-weekly publication.

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.[7] 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.[2] 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.[8] 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.[6]

Journalist and New York magazine founder Clay Felker was an editor of The Chronicle while a student at Duke in the 1950s. The Washington Post sports reporter John Feinstein was a sports writer for The Chronicle and was its sports editor for two years. The Wall Street Journal travel editor Scott McCartney was editor of The Chronicle in the 1980s.[9] 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.[6]

The paper has an annual award in honor of Matt Sclafani, the newspaper's editor for the 1990–91 school year, who was diagnosed with leukemia during his term and died in 1992.[10]

Coverage during the pandemic[edit]

Volume 116 of The Chronicle covered Duke, students and faculty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite several staff members working remotely, they moved to one day of print per week, and expanded the digital presence while still publishing roughly 20 stories per week throughout the semester. Editor-in-chief Matthew Griffin, Managing Editor Maria Morrison, Sports Editor Evan Kolin, News Editors Mona Tong and Carter Forinash, Editorial Editor Mihir Bellamkonda, and Senior Editor Rose Wong formed the uppermast team for the volume. This volume was awarded a National Pacemaker Award by the National Scholastic Press Association for its coverage. [11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "About Us". The Chronicle. January 21, 2022. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Chronicle nabs top awards at national media convention[permanent dead link]. The Chronicle. 31 Oct 2006.
  3. ^ "Feature | The Kunshan Report". The Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  4. ^ The Chronicle Online
  5. ^ The Chronicle: About Us Archived 2008-10-26 at the Wayback Machine. The Chronicle. Accessed on April 2, 2007.
  6. ^ a b c "Newsaboutpapers.weebly.com".
  7. ^ Dukechronicle.com
  8. ^ The Chronicle heralded at conference. The Chronicle. 31 Oct 2005.
  9. ^ The Wall Street Journal
  10. ^ McCartney, Ryan (2004-10-01). "Legacy of former editor remains alive". The Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  11. ^ Boyd, Leah (2021-10-15). "The Chronicle's Vol. 116 wins premier award for online college journalism". The Chronicle. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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