The Johns Hopkins News-Letter

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The Johns Hopkins News-Letter
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Independent
Founded 1896
Headquarters Baltimore, Maryland, Homewood Museum[1]
Website [1]

The Johns Hopkins News-Letter is the independent student newspaper of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. Published since 1896, it is one of the nation's oldest continuously published, weekly student-run college newspapers.

The News-Letter is published every Thursday in a full-color front and back page broadsheet format, and has two sections: an A section and a B section. Its total circulation is approximately 5,200, including the local campuses of Johns Hopkins, area colleges and the greater Baltimore region.

Several times a year, The News-Letter distributes a magazine edition with 20- to 30-page tabloid-sized inserts, such as Best of Baltimore, Cover-Letter (introducing new students to the University), Housing Guide, Lacrosse Guide, and the Dining Guide.

The editorial and business boards consist entirely of undergraduates. Members of the editorial staff are democratically elected to one-year terms, while members of the business board are hired by the editors-in-chief.

The News-Letter won an Associated Collegiate Press Newspaper Pacemaker award for four-year, non-daily college newspapers in 2007, and has won and been nominated for the Pacemaker in previous years.

The News-Letter is an affiliate of UWIRE,[2] which distributes and promotes its content to their network.


In 1889, when some believed the university would be better without a student newspaper of any kind[citation needed], the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins University prohibited the creation of any student publication without the board's written permission. Seven years later, James M. Thomson 1897 and Edgeworth Smith 1898 petitioned the Academic Council to allow publication of four trial issues of a fortnightly periodical to be called The Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Its aim, at a pricey 15 cents an issue, would be to report on local events and provide a forum for students who wished to publish opinion pieces. Eventually, and reluctantly, the board acquiesced, "provided that the plan be carried out in a manner satisfactory to the President."[citation needed]

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