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The Minnesota Daily is the campus newspaper
Newspaper
A newspaper is a scheduled publication containing news of current events, informative articles, diverse features and advertising. It usually is printed on relatively inexpensive, low-grade paper such as newsprint. By 2007, there were 6580 daily newspapers in the world selling 395 million copies a...

 of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, published Monday-Thursday while school is in session, and published weekly on Wednesdays during summer sessions. Published since 1900, the paper is one of the largest student-run and student-written newspapers in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 and the fifth-largest paper in the state of Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. The twelfth largest state of the U.S., it is the twenty-first most populous, with 5.3 million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state...

. "The Daily" was named best daily college newspaper in the United States in 2009 and 2010 by the Society of Professional Journalists
Society of Professional Journalists
The Society of Professional Journalists , formerly known as Sigma Delta Chi, is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the United States. It was established in April 1909 at DePauw University, and its charter was designed by William Meharry Glenn. The ten founding members of...

. The paper is independent from the University, but receives $550,000 worth of student service fees funding.

The Daily has a distribution of 20,000 copies per day (Monday through Thursday during the school year) - available at over 200 locations on and near campus free of charge, as it is largely funded by advertising
Advertising
Advertising is a form of communication used to persuade an audience to take some action with respect to products, ideas, or services. Most commonly, the desired result is to drive consumer behavior with respect to a commercial offering, although political and ideological advertising is also common...

. A typical edition has about a dozen pages, with a special sports section every Monday and arts
ARts
aRts, which stands for analog Real time synthesizer, is an audio framework that is no longer under development. It is best known for previously being used in KDE to simulate an analog synthesizer....

 & entertainment
Entertainment
Entertainment consists of any activity which provides a diversion or permits people to amuse themselves in their leisure time. Entertainment is generally passive, such as watching opera or a movie. Active forms of amusement, such as sports, are more often considered to be recreation...

 section every Thursday. The Daily also provides readers with several special issues, including voters guides, employment guides, housing guides, survival guides (published the first day of school) and even parody issues - distributed during finals weeks.

The Minnesota Daily is entirely student-run and student-written, with an average staff of 130 students per semester. The newspaper dually operates as a training institution, providing students with real work experience in journalism
Journalism
Journalism is the practice of investigation and reporting of events, issues and trends to a broad audience in a timely fashion. Though there are many variations of journalism, the ideal is to inform the intended audience. Along with covering organizations and institutions such as government and...

, photography
Photography
Photography is the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film...

, editing
Editing
Editing is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible, and film media used to convey information through the processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate, and complete...

, advertising
Advertising
Advertising is a form of communication used to persuade an audience to take some action with respect to products, ideas, or services. Most commonly, the desired result is to drive consumer behavior with respect to a commercial offering, although political and ideological advertising is also common...

 sales
Sales
A sale is the act of selling a product or service in return for money or other compensation. It is an act of completion of a commercial activity....

, marketing
Marketing
Marketing is the process used to determine what products or services may be of interest to customers, and the strategy to use in sales, communications and business development. It generates the strategy that underlies sales techniques, business communication, and business developments...

, finance
Finance
"Finance" is often defined simply as the management of money or “funds” management Modern finance, however, is a family of business activity that includes the origination, marketing, and management of cash and money surrogates through a variety of capital accounts, instruments, and markets created...

, graphic design
Graphic design
Graphic design is a creative process – most often involving a client and a designer and usually completed in conjunction with producers of form – undertaken in order to convey a specific message to a targeted audience...

, editorial
Editorial
An opinion piece is an article, published in a newspaper or magazine, that mainly reflects the author's opinion about the subject. Opinion pieces are featured in many periodicals.-Editorials:...

 & advertising
Advertising
Advertising is a form of communication used to persuade an audience to take some action with respect to products, ideas, or services. Most commonly, the desired result is to drive consumer behavior with respect to a commercial offering, although political and ideological advertising is also common...

 production, human resources
Human resources
Human resources is a term used to describe the individuals who make up the workforce of an organization, although it is also applied in labor economics to, for example, business sectors or even whole nations...

, information systems
Information systems
Information Systems is an academic/professional discipline bridging the business field and the well-defined computer science field that is evolving toward a new scientific area of study...

, public relations
Public relations
Public relations is the actions of a corporation, store, government, individual, etc., in promoting goodwill between itself and the public, the community, employees, customers, etc....

, survey research
Survey research
Survey research a research method involving the use of questionnaires and/or statistical surveys to gather data about people and their thoughts and behaviours. This method was pioneered in the 1930s and 1940s by sociologist Paul Lazarsfeld. The initial use of the method was to examine the effects...

 and web
Web page
A web page or webpage is a document or information resource that is suitable for the World Wide Web and can be accessed through a web browser and displayed on a monitor or mobile device. This information is usually in HTML or XHTML format, and may provide navigation to other web pages via hypertext...

 programming. In addition, many students gain leadership and delegation skills in the Daily's many management
Management
Management in all business and organizational activities is the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively...

 positions.

In May 2010, the Society of Professional Journalists
Society of Professional Journalists
The Society of Professional Journalists , formerly known as Sigma Delta Chi, is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the United States. It was established in April 1909 at DePauw University, and its charter was designed by William Meharry Glenn. The ten founding members of...

 named the Minnesota Daily the best all-around daily student newspaper in the country.

History


Starting in 1877, the student newspaper/magazine at the University of Minnesota was called the Ariel. In 1899, another local newspaper called Football was started by Horace Bagley, Mike Luby and Clarence Miller. Unlike the Ariel, it was published daily. In response, the publishers of the Ariel decided to become a daily paper as well, giving birth to the Minnesota Daily.

There have been a number of notable individuals to work at the paper, including former NAACP leader Roy Wilkins
Roy Wilkins
Roy Wilkins was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s. Wilkins' most notable role was in his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ....

, longtime CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

 correspondent Harry Reasoner
Harry Reasoner
Harry Truman Reasoner was an American journalist for ABC and CBS News, known for his inventive use of language as a television commentator, and as a founder of the 60 Minutes program.-Biography:...

, radio personality Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor
Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor is an American author, storyteller, humorist, and radio personality. He is known as host of the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor (born August 7, 1942) is an American author, storyteller, humorist, and radio...

, and musician Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, musician, poet, film director and painter. He has been a major and profoundly influential figure in popular music and culture for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly...

.

The Minnesota Daily was the first college newspaper to provide access to its coverage via the Internet
Internet
The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite to serve billions of users worldwide...

 in 1990. The Daily website publishes each day's stories in addition to exclusive web videos, photo slideshows, and additional features.

In 2001, the popular A&E section of the Daily was suddenly shut down by student managers of the paper, which generated much criticism among readers and Daily alumni. Garrison Keillor, who had written for the section while a student at the university, said the choice to shutter the section "is not a decision that journalists would have made, and it diminishes the prestige of the paper." The section was quickly relaunched.

Awards


The Minnesota Daily: Awards & Recognitions

Associated College Press:
  • 2005 - Best of the Midwest
  • 2005 - All-American Rating
  • 2005 - First Place (four-year college broadsheet)
  • 2005 - Best Arts & Entertainment Section

2007 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalists
  • Second place diversity story of the year - Kathryn Nelson
  • First place feature photo - Tyler McKean
  • First place newspaper page one - Anna Berken
  • Second place illustration - Anna Berken and Miranda Moos

2008 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalists
  • First place online package - Emma Carew
  • Second place sports story of the year - Jake Grovum
  • Third place general news photo - Matt Mead
  • First place spot news photo - Matt Mead
  • Second place spot news photo - Matt Mead

2009 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Winners
  • First place feature photo - Paul Bangasser
  • First place spot news photo - Steve Maturen
  • Second place illustration - Karina Holtz
  • Honorable mention newspage/spread - Ashley Goetz
  • Honorable mention illustration - Ashley Goetz
  • Honorable mention newspaper page one - Ashley Goetz/Karina Holtz


CNBAM:
  • 2005 - Best in Category: Media Kit
  • 2005 - First Place (classified group promotion - Housing Guide)

  • 2008 - First Place Promotional Campaign, Circulation 40k+ (2008 Grapevine Awards)
  • 2008 - Designer of the Year

  • 2009 - Second Place Best Rate Card/Media Kit
  • 2009 - First Place Best Newspaper Marketing Promotion Plan
  • 2009 - Third Place Best Sales Incentive Plan
  • 2009 - Second Place Best Electronic Banner Ad / House


Society of Professional Journalists
Society of Professional Journalists
The Society of Professional Journalists , formerly known as Sigma Delta Chi, is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the United States. It was established in April 1909 at DePauw University, and its charter was designed by William Meharry Glenn. The ten founding members of...

:
  • 2005 - Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper (2nd place)
  • 14 Marks of Excellence

Notable alumni

  • Alan Bjerga
    Alan Bjerga
    Alan Bjerga is an American journalist, author of the book "Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest" and the 2010 president of the National Press Club. He covers agricultural policy for Bloomberg News and in 2010-2011 was also the president of the North American...

    , 2010 president of the National Press Club
  • Brian J. Coyle, an American community leader, elected official, and gay activist and writer for the Minnesota Daily in the 1960s
  • Keith Maurice Ellison, an American lawyer, politician, and a Democrat member of Congress. While a law student in 1989 and 1990, Ellison wrote several columns as Keith E. Hakim in the Minnesota Daily
  • Dick Guindon
    Dick Guindon
    Richard "Dick" Gordon Guindon is an American cartoonist best known for his gag panel, Guindon. Guindon's cartoons have appeared in the Minneapolis Tribune, The Realist and the Detroit Free Press...

    , American cartoonist best known for his gag panel, Guindon and cartoonist at the Minnesota Daily
  • Robert E. Hillard
    Robert E. Hillard
    Robert E. Hillard , together with his friend and business partner Alfred Fleishman, established Fleishman-Hillard in St. Louis, Missouri in 1946...

     founder of the public relations agency Fleishman-Hillard in St. Louis, Missouri and editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Daily from 1938–39
  • James Lileks
    James Lileks
    James Lileks is an American journalist, columnist, and blogger living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.- Career :Lileks has had a wide-ranging career as a columnist, radio personality, author, and prominent blogger....

    , an American journalist, columnist, and blogger and columnist at the Minnesota daily who wrote under the pen name "James r. Lileks"
  • Maud Hart Lovelace
    Maud Hart Lovelace
    Maud Hart Lovelace was an American author best known for the Betsy-Tacy series.-Early life:Maud Palmer Hart was born in Mankato, Minnesota to Tom Hart, a shoe store owner, and his wife, Stella . Maud was the middle child; her sisters were Kathleen and Helen...

    , American author best known for the Betsy-Tacy series and former employee of the Minnesota Daily
  • Jack Ohman
    Jack Ohman
    Jack Ohman is an American editorial cartoonist based in Portland, Oregon. He has been The Oregonian’s cartoonist since 1983 and his work is syndicated nationwide to over 300 newspapers by Tribune Media Services.-Biography:...

    , an American editorial cartoonist and employee for the Minnesota Daily
  • Joe Roche
    Joe Roche
    Joseph Roche is an Iraq War veteran and conservative commentator.-Early life:Roche comes from a family of talented musicians. Roche's father, also named Joseph Roche, was a native of Madras, India who came to the United States to study at the New England Conservatory in Boston Roche's mother is...

    , Iraq War veteran and political commentator who wrote a column for the Minnesota Daily in the 1990s
  • Steve Sack
    Steve Sack
    Steve Sack is an American cartoonist who, along with Craig Macintosh, draws the cartoon activity panel Doodles. Sack is also an award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he started in 1981...

    , an American cartoonist who draws the cartoon activity panel Doodles and is an award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He illustrated features and drew editorial cartoons at the Minnesota Daily
  • Eric Sevareid
    Eric Sevareid
    Arnold Eric Sevareid was a CBS news journalist from 1939 to 1977. He was one of a group of elite war correspondents—dubbed "Murrow's Boys"—because they were hired by pioneering CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow....

    , a CBS
    CBS
    CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

     journalist who was denied the editor-in-chief spot at the Minnesota Daily by university administration following a controversial column in 1934
  • Hugh Smith
    Hugh Smith (news anchor)
    Hugh Smith was a reporter, news anchor, and news director at WTVT in Tampa, Florida, from 1963 until his retirement in 1991...

    , news anchor at WTVT in Tampa, Florida from 1963 to 1991 and editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Daily during the 1955-56 academic year.
  • Ka Vang
    Ka Vang
    Ka Vang is a Hmong writer in the United States. Vang was born in Long Cheng, Laos, in April, 1975. A playwright, fiction writer and poet, she is a recipient of the Archibald Bush Artist Fellowship and several other artistic and leadership awards...

     Hmong playwright, fiction writer and poet and reporter at the Minnesota Daily
  • William Wade
    William Wade (journalist)
    William Warren Wade was an American war correspondent during World War II. He was a member of an eight man team of journalists who flew bombing missions over Germany with the U.S. Air Force while he was working for the International News Service.- Early life :Wade was born in Manhattan, son of a...

    , American war correspondent during World War II and copy desk chief at the Minnesota Daily from 1936–1939
  • Roy Wilkins
    Roy Wilkins
    Roy Wilkins was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s. Wilkins' most notable role was in his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ....

     , a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s and one time journalist at the Minnesota Daily

See also

  • City Pages
    City Pages
    City Pages is an alternative weekly newspaper serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. It features news, film, theatre and restaurant reviews, and music criticism. It is printed in a tabloid format, and is available free every Wednesday...

  • MinnPost.com
    MinnPost.com
    MinnPost.com also known as MinnPost is a non-profit news website in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a focus on Minnesota news. Its mission is "to provide high-quality journalism for news-intense people who care about Minnesota."...

  • St. Paul Pioneer Press
    St. Paul Pioneer Press
    The St. Paul Pioneer Press is a newspaper based in St. Paul, Minnesota, primarily serving the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Circulation is heaviest in the eastern metro region, including Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington counties, along with western Wisconsin, eastern Minnesota and Anoka County,...

  • Star Tribune
    Star Tribune
    The Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in the U.S. state of Minnesota and is published seven days each week in an edition for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. A statewide version is also available across Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota. The...