The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

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Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Editor Mark Chiarelli [1]
Managing editors Patrick Hoff, Kristin LaFratta [1]
News editor Anthony Rentsch [1]
Opinion editor Kate Leddy [1]
Sports editor Anthony Chiusano [1]
Staff writers 50
Founded 1890 [2]
Language English
Headquarters 113 Campus Center, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Circulation 7,000

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian is an American daily newspaper founded in 1890, and the independently-funded, student-operated newspaper of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Published in print Monday through Thursday during the academic semester, the Collegian is a non-profit funded entirely through advertising revenue and receives no funding from the University or from student fees.


Founded in 1890, the paper began as Aggie Life, became the College Signal in 1901, the Weekly Collegian in 1914 and the Tri-Weekly Collegian in 1956.[2] Published daily from 1967 to 2013 and as a broadsheet since January 1994, the Collegian cut its Friday print paper in September 2013 due to declining ad revenue.[3],[4] The Collegian is one of the largest college newspapers in New England and the country.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker cited the Collegian in an August 20, 2014 advertisement highlighting differences between himself and Democratic candidates then-Attorney General Martha Coakley and then-Treasurer Steve Grossman.[5]

Gender Discrimination in the 1970s[edit]

Andrea Dworkin, in "The Power of Words," narrated the history of a protest against gender discrimination at the Collegian in 1978. Women on the Collegian staff cited violent and discriminatory treatment in the newsroom, including threats made against Julie Melrose, women's editor, and a "hate campaign" calling activist women "lesbians."[6] The paper's staff overturned a decision by the paper's board of directors to provide four ad-free pages per week to the women's editorial staff, and protests resulting in an occupation of the Collegian offices by women on staff began after talks between the two sides and the administration broke down.[7]

Published in the first issue of The Massachusetts Daily Occupied Collegian, "The Power of Words" was a given as a speech at a rally supporting the occupation of the Collegian offices by women staffers who faced censorship and suppression by male editors. Several women set up a blockade and resisted efforts to remove them from the office while publishing an "insurgent" newspaper for twelve days in May 1978.[6] The Associated Press, which called the occupation a "feminist take-over," reported that the Collegian printed from temporary offices and called the administration's refusal to remove the women from the offices "irresponsible." As of the tenth day of the protest, the women had vowed to continue the occupation into the summer vacation, the student judiciary had threatened to hold suspension hearings for occupying students, and "militant feminist" Robin Morgan had spoken during a 250-person march to the administration building.[7]

United Press International (UPI) reported that an agreement had been reached between occupying women, Collegian editors, and the University administration, which resulted in the creation of a fact-finding committee at the suggestion of Jean Elshtain then an associate professor of political science, and the refusal of administrators to pursue any academic penalties against the protestors. The membership of the committee consisted of four women and three men representing the stakeholders and three additional non-voting members, all appointed by Chancellor Randolph Bromery. Collegian editor William Sundstrom said that the result of the agreement was a "commitment to improve the quality and quantity of women's news," and that he was sure the women would "keep the issue alive next semester."[8] The commission recommended separate women's pages and editorial autonomy, the original demands of the women, in September 1978. The Chancellor refused to mandate that policy and the staff of the paper did not adopt it.[6] The Collegian no longer has a women's editor.[1]



The newspaper is organized in four sections.[9]

  1. News: Includes Campus, SGA, Local, Five College, Environment & Technology, Health & Wellness, Profiles, Crime, Politics.
  2. Opinion & Editorial: Includes Collegian Editorials, Columns, and Letters to the Editor.
  3. Arts & Living: Includes Entertainment, Music, Movies, Television, Comedy, Theatre, Fine Arts, Culture, Food & Drink, Fashion.
  4. Sports: Includes Basketball, Football, Columns, Hockey, Field Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball.

Web and Social Media[edit]

Hosted online at, the Collegian provides year-round breaking news and sports coverage. A five-fold reduction in advertising revenue, from $1 million circa 2000 to only $200,000 in 2013, accelerated the adoption of web and social media platforms.[4] In addition to web-exclusive features, the Collegian offers all print content online at, which provides readers with more comprehensive coverage including photographs, videos, and podcasts.[9] Collegian staff also maintain The Massachusetts Daily Collegian on Facebook and The Massachusetts Daily Collegian on Twitter.

'Morning Wood'[edit]

The Collegian staff publishes The Massachusetts Morning Wood, a humor and satire paper for April Fools Day each year on April 1 (or the nearest print date). A slimmed down version of the standard paper (with non-satirical content) is wrapped inside. 2014 headlines included "Chancellor dissolves SGA, replaces gov't with Spice Girls" and "Impromptu elderly birthday party leads to 82 arrested," both of which lampooned major campus controversies and events of the spring 2014 semester.[10]


The Collegian has comprehensive coverage of UMass news and campus related events. Delivered daily to Amherst, Hadley, South Hadley, and Northampton, the Collegian includes local calendars, features, profiles, announcements, sports, arts & entertainment, news analysis, and opinion.[9] Read by community members throughout the Five College Area, the paper is delivered to Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Hampshire College.


  1. ^ a b c d e f " Staff Page". 
  2. ^ a b "Massachusetts Daily Collegian". UMass Library. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Katie Landeck (26 April 2013). "Friday Paper". The Massachusetts Daily Collegian (Amherst, Mass.). Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "The future of The Daily Collegian". 
  5. ^ "Charlie Baker: A Different Direction". 
  6. ^ a b c "The Power of Words". 
  7. ^ a b "Feminists Vow to Continue Take-Over". Lewiston Evening Journal (AP) (Amherst, Mass.). 10 May 1978. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Women's Sit-In Ends for Study". The Hour (Norwalk) [UPI wire] (Amherst, Mass.). 15 May 1978. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c " Home". 
  10. ^ "April 1, 2014 MDC Online Print Edition". 

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