The Red & Black (University of Georgia)

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The Red & Black
The Red and Black front page.png
The January 8, 2007 front page of
The Red & Black
Type Newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) The Red and Black Publishing Company, Inc.
Publisher Rebecca Burns
Founded 1893
Headquarters 540 Baxter St.
Athens, GA, 30605
United States
Circulation 10,000

The Red & Black is an independent weekly student newspaper serving the University of Georgia, updated daily on its website.


Students published its first issue in tabloid format on November 24, 1893, from offices in the Academic Building on North Campus.[citation needed]

In the spring of 1895, the UGA faculty ordered that publication of the paper be discontinued; however, students revived the paper that fall as an independent venture with no oversight by the University.[citation needed] The private venture's success that Fall upset the faculty, and they took back control in January 1896 with the Athletic Association in charge of overseeing the paper.[1]

Published weekly, The Red & Black was the official organ of the Athletic Council from 1896 to 1928. The paper advertised athletic competitions and reported on the culture of the University.

In 1928, the paper's administration moved under the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication as a laboratory for its students. It was being published semiweekly in 1968 when it changed to a broadsheet format and moved its offices to the new journalism building on campus.

In 1980, after numerous run-ins with the University's administrators, The Red & Black became independent of the University a second time, left to support itself through advertising. Its office moved off-campus, and its publication was directed by volunteer staff and student writers.[citation needed] In 1991, publication was expanded from four to five days a week.

Until fall of 2011, the paper had a Monday to Friday circulation of 17,000 during the academic year and generally published in one section. However, each Thursday the paper produced a "Music Notes" section, which chronicled the local music scene and highlights shows and festivals in Athens. On Fridays during football season, the paper publishes the "First & Goal" section to provide in-depth coverage of the Georgia Bulldogs football team. The paper is published once a week during summer session, when it has a circulation of 8,500.[2] The newspaper was awarded the Pacemaker Award in 2010 in both the newspaper and online categories, and was a newspaper Pacemaker finalist in 2009. It marks the fifth newspaper Pacemaker for The Red & Black, which it has previously won in 1935, 1937, 1941 and 1972.

Present day[edit]

On August 15, 2011, The Red & Black released a special edition announcing a shift in news distribution that it called "a media revolution."[3] The student paper announced that it would primarily focus on its online content, to better keep up with demand for mobile news access. The paper now publishes a three-sectioned print version, which focuses on in-depth coverage. The website, which contains most of the newspaper's content, contains all of the features and articles previously found in the Monday-to-Friday paper, in addition to audio clips, videos, and other multimedia extras.[4]

2012 walkout[edit]

On August 15, 2012, student editors and other staff at The Red & Black resigned, claiming interference by non-student managers.[5] The paper's former editor-in-chief said The Red & Black had hired non-student employees “with veto power over students’ decisions.”

After a few days, the board of The Red & Black agreed to the students' demands for student editorial control without prior review. On August 20, the board released a statement saying the student editors and staff were returning to the newspaper.[6] The editor-in-chief said the board had "met all the key points we asked for" and proved willing to listen.


  1. ^ Reed, Thomas Walter (c. 1949). "The Red and Black". History of the University of Georgia Chapter IX: The Administration of Chancellor Patrick H. Mell. Digital Library of Georgia. pp. 1196–1198. Retrieved 2007-01-03.
  2. ^ Black, The Red and (2007). "The Red and Black Advertising". The Red and Black Advertising Rate Card. The Red and Black. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
  3. ^ Archived 2011-08-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ ABOUT US Archived 2011-08-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ The New York Times. Student Paper Editors Quit at University of Georgia. August 16, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  6. ^ The Huffington Post. Red And Black Walkout: 2 Student Editors Rejoin University Of Georgia Newspaper. August 20, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2013.

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