The Oberlin Review

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The Oberlin Review is a student-run weekly newspaper at Oberlin College that serves as the official newspaper of record for both the College and the city of Oberlin, Ohio. It was first published in 1874, making it one of the oldest college newspapers in the nation.[1] Because Oberlin has no journalism program, the Review (along with other campus newspapers such as The Grape) remains the traditional resource for journalists on campus. The tabloid-sized newspaper, with a circulation of 2,500,[1] is published roughly 25 times during the academic year from its office in the basement of Burton Hall. It is printed by PM Graphics.

Many former Review writers have worked for major newspapers, both nationally and internationally. Some notable Review alumni include CBS News Vice President Jennifer Siebens, Reuters Editor-in-Chief David Schlesinger, New York Magazine Editor-in-Chief Adam Moss, Time Assistant Managing Editor Michael Duffy, Lucky magazine Editor-in-Chief Kimberly France, Los Angeles Times intelligence and national security correspondent Bob Drogin, New York Times Social Media Editor Liz Heron, Washington Post Sunday editor and Deputy Universal News editor R.B. Brenner, and Foreign Policy writer Joshua Keating, to name a few.

The newspaper's format has remained relatively constant despite rapid turnover in staffing. Its 16, 20 or 24 pages are currently divided into five sections: News, Opinions, This Week in Oberlin, Arts and Sports. Past semesters have also included a Features section. In 2008, editors introduced a color front page, back page and centerfold. As of Fall 2010, the Review has limited itself to 16 pages per issue.

In addition, there are several mainstays with the newspaper. The weekly interview, called "Off the Cuff," debuted in 2002. A Sports feature, "In the Locker Room," mirrors "Off the Cuff" in an informal sports setting, as does "On the Record" in the Arts section.

Each edition of the newspaper, with the exception of the special Commencement edition, is distributed Friday afternoon to a wide variety of locations on campus and across the city. The newspaper no longer offers mail subscriptions. A 40-plus page Commencement issue, comprehensively reviewing the year, is published after the last week of the academic calendar.

With its 2010 website redesign, the Review now publishes exclusive online content, including a blogs section and Panoply Press, an online literary magazine that draws creative writing exclusively from Oberlin students and town residents.


The official web site of the Review,, has been redesigned numerous times in the past decade. Its present format was designed in 2014 under former Editors-in-Chief Rosemary Boeglin and Julia Herbst and Managing Editor Taylor Field.

The print edition was redesigned during the fall semester of 2005 under former Editor-in-Chief Joshua Keating. It was redesigned again in 2008 under former Editors-in-Chief Maya Curry and Rani Molla.


The Review has won numerous awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. From 1994 to 1996, it won the Collegiate Silver Crown awarded by that organization.[2]


  1. ^ a b "About *The Oberlin Review*". Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Columbia Scholastic Press Association : Crown Award Recipients". 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 

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