The Daily Orange

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Dailyorange logo.jpg
Type Daily (M-Th) newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) The Daily Orange Corporation
Founded 1903; 114 years ago (1903)
Headquarters Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Circulation 4,500

The Daily Orange is an independent student newspaper published in Syracuse, New York.[1] It is free, and published daily during the Syracuse University academic year.

It was one of the first college papers to become fully independent from its parent college. Its alumni work at nearly every major newspaper in the nation -- The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Globe -- in a variety of reporting, editing, design and photographic capacities.

Publisher reported circulation for 2016 was 4,500 copies, with an online circulation of 80,000. The paper is published Monday through Thursday, with occasional sports extras on Fridays. [2]


A major turning point in D.O. history occurred in 1971. Until that time, the newspaper was considered part of SU, meaning that the administration could possibly influence the content of the paper based on financial holds. In 1971, the university refused to back The D.O. in a libel suit and the editorial staff decided to sever the ties that existed with the administration. The paper became a student organization that received funding for production costs from the Student Government Association (now known as the Student Association).

The D.O. continued to operate this way, receiving funds from the annual student activity fee, until 1991. A referendum vote determined whether the student body would continue to contribute a portion of its fee. In 1991, however, Editor in Chief Jodi Lamagna and her staff decided to refuse any further funding from SGA. In the process, The D.O. became one of the few completely independent student newspapers in the country.

Since then, The D.O. has operated with complete financial independence from the university, raising funds necessary for publishing a daily paper through advertising revenue and fundraising. Though we still maintain a business relationship with the university, in regards to our status as a student group and our housing agreement, our relationship with administrators has no bearing on our editorial content.

CIA lawsuit[edit]

In the early 1980s, The Daily Orange was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the CIA.[3]

Own work and awards[edit]

The D.O. was the first student newspaper to have comics. The paper has produced many famous cartoonists, such as Vaughn Bode, Robb Armstrong (creator of Jump Start), Brad Anderson (creator of Marmaduke), Steve Ellis and Nicholas Gurewitch (creator of the Perry Bible Fellowship).

The paper has in the past decade won numerous awards, including more than a dozen "story of the year" awards in several categories from the Associated Collegiate Press and top-story honors from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. It is also the best-designed student newspaper in the country, as voted at the University of Missouri Student Society for News Design awards in 2005.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "The Daily Orange (as of Fall 2010)". 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-18. The Daily Orange is an independent student newspaper that serves the Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF campuses and the city of Syracuse. 
  2. ^ "The Daily Orange Corporation | Media & Telecommunications > Publishing from". Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Daily Orange Corp. v. CIA, 532 F. Supp. 122 - Dist. Court, ND New York 1982". United States District Court, N. D. New York. 1982-03-18. Retrieved 2010-11-18. The CIA claims that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any covert activity at Syracuse University because the fact of such activity's existence or non-existence is itself protected under Executive Order 12,065. Executive Order 12,065, § 3-505, 3 C.F.R. 190, 199 (1979) 
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