The Daily Northwestern

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The Daily Northwestern
Northwestern University
The Daily Northwestern cover.jpg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Students Publishing Company
Editor Julia Jacobs
Founded 1881
Headquarters Evanston, Illinois
ISSN 1523-5033

The Daily Northwestern is a student newspaper at Northwestern University that is published on weekdays during the academic year. Established in 1881 and published in Evanston, Illinois, it is run entirely by undergraduates, many of whom are students at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

The Daily is widely considered one of the best college newspapers in the country. It is a frequent winner of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association[1] and the coveted Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award.[2] Its former staffers are leaders in the world of journalism; many have won awards such as the Pulitzer Prize.[3]

Although it serves the Northwestern community, The Daily is unaffiliated with the university, being supported entirely by advertisers.[4] It is owned by the Students Publishing Company, which also publishes the Northwestern Syllabus yearbook. Current circulation is in excess of 7,500. The Daily Northwestern is the only daily publication for both Northwestern and the city of Evanston, Illinois.[5]

The paper's offices are located on the third floor of the Norris University Center on Northwestern's Evanston campus.

Early history[edit]

The Daily is the descendant of two earlier publications, the Tripod and Vidette, the older of which began publishing in 1871 alongside or ahead of the earliest college newspapers in the United States. In 1881, in what is considered The Daily's founding moment, the two papers merged to become The Northwestern, only gradually shedding its literary-journal roots. Publication was increased to five days a week by 1910. The newspaper became independent of the university in 1923.[4]

Notable alumni of The Daily Northwestern[edit]


  1. ^ Columbia Scholastic Press Association : 2007 Collegiate Circle Recipients
  2. ^ ACP - Contest Winners
  3. ^ See alumni section
  4. ^ a b The Daily Grind
  5. ^ Both the Evanston Review and the Evanston Roundtable publish weekly, Evanston Now publishes only online

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