Washington Square News

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Washington Square News
WSN logo
TypeDaily newspaper
Editor-in-chiefCole Stallone
HeadquartersNew York, New York
Sister newspapersNYU Local, Washington Square Review
Free online archiveshttps://nyunews.com/tag/archives/

Washington Square News is the weekly student newspaper of New York University (NYU). It is the companion publication for NYU along with NYU Local, and the undergraduate equivalent of Washington Square Review.

The paper, better known as WSN, has a circulation of 10,000 and an estimated 40,000 readers online. It is published in print on Monday, in addition to online publication Tuesday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters, with additional issues published in the summer. It serves the NYU, Greenwich Village, and East Village communities in Manhattan, New York City.

WSN is run solely by NYU students, with the paper's senior staff mostly composed of undergraduates. Its offices are located at 75 Third Ave. It serves the student population by helping with opportunities for reporting, writing, editing, coding, photography, video production, design, illustration and business.[1]

The paper is editorially and financially independent from the university and is solely responsible in selling advertisements to fund its production, with an average cost of US$350,000 annually.[2][3]

The term for the positions of editor-in-chief and managing editor is one calendar year, beginning in the spring semester and ending after the fall semester.


The newspaper was born in 1973 as the result of NYU's merging of their two campus weeklies: the University Heights campus in the Bronx had published The Heights Daily News, while the Washington Square campus in Lower Manhattan originally published The Washington Square Journal.

Between 2003 and 2004, WSN debuted the 'Bobst Boy' story, which went on to become an overnight national sensation.[4]

In 2000, WSN launched its website nyunews.com. In 2017, WSN launched its podcast, "Newsflash," and then rebranded the following year as "Washington Square Noise." In 2018, WSN launched its digital weekly magazine "Under the Arch."

Current Staff[edit]

Editor-in-Chief: Cole Stallone

Managing Editor: Abby Hofstetter

Deputy Managing Editors: Ronni Husmann, Paul Kim and Anna-Dmitry Muratova

Creative Directors: Deborah Alalade and Charlie Dodge

Multimedia Editor: Alexandra Chan

News Editors: Lisa Cochran and Emily Mason

Opinion Editor: Jun Sung

Culture Editor: Bella Gil

Arts Editors: Kaylee DeFreitas and Ethan Zack

Sports Editor: Arvind Sriram

Under the Arch Managing Editor: Guru Ramanathan

Copy Chiefs: Daija Dewberry and Dana Sun

Social Media and Marketing Editor: Vanessa Handy

Business Manager: Mel Bautista

Director of Sales: Yejin Chang

Director of Marketing and Logistics: Mira Silviera[5]


In 2009, reporters Marc Beja and Adam Playford (Editor-in-Chief, 2008) won 1st place in the category of "Best News Story" from the New York State Press Association and National Winner in the category of "In-depth reporting" from the Society of Professional Journalists. At the same time Alvin Chang (Editor-in-Chief, 2007) won best columnist.

Washington Square News won an Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2004, that same year it was awarded the title of Overall Best Newspaper. It won the Pacemaker Award again in 2019.[6]

In 2003, the paper won seven first-place awards in the Division 1 "Better College Newspaper Contest" of the New York State Press Association.

Notable former staff[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About". Washington Square News. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Castro (2004–11). "Next Generation Radio Project". 2004 National College Media Convention. NPR. Retrieved 2008-10-03. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  3. ^ Local, N. Y. U. (2016-11-16). "The Washington Square News Profile". Medium. Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  4. ^ "Broke student 'slept in library'". 2004-04-28. Retrieved 2020-04-18.
  5. ^ "Staff – Washington Square News". www.nyunews.com. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  6. ^ "Washington Square News Voted Best Undergraduate Paper". The Villager. 2004-03-14. Retrieved 2008-10-03.

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