America's oldest college newspaper brings daily news

by Erin Loback | 7/15/98 5:00am

Right now you are reading an issue of Dartmouth's only daily newspaper -- The Dartmouth. "The D," as it is known around campus, is an entirely student-run enterprise, and it is the only daily source of campus news, sports, arts and opinions.

Five days a week, members of The D's staff work from 7 a.m. -- when the student carriers arrive at the offices on the second floor of Robinson Hall to deliver the paper -- to about 3 a.m. the next morning, when the paper goes to bed and the senior editors shut down the computers.

Founded in 1799 by a small band of enterprising students including Daniel Webster (Class of 1801), The D is the oldest college newspaper in America.

The Dartmouth is delivered to students' Hinman mail boxes at the Hopkins Center Monday through Friday mornings, and is required reading for anyone at the College who wants to know what's happening at the College and in the world.

The World and Nation page keeps readers appraised of what's happening in the "real world" and in the stock market.

The Sports page keeps readers abreast of each one of Dartmouth's athletic squads and provides national sports coverage, as well.

The Arts & Entertainment page features CD, book, movie and play reviews written by our arts staff, as well as previews and features on important campus arts events.

And the Editorials page, perhaps the most-read section of the newspaper, is home to some of the best debates on campus. The D prints submissions from the Dartmouth and Hanover communities, and is also home to an army of staff columnists and cartoonists. And when there is a salient campus issue, odds are The D's editorial board will weigh in with an opinion of its own.

The D is completely student run -- student editors research and assign stories that are written by student reporters; student photographers capture the images that are seen in the paper; students are responsible for the layout and design of the printed page; and student representatives solicit and design the advertisements that help keep the newspaper going.

Unlike most other campus organizations, The D is a place where freshmen can jump right in and make an immediate impact -- whether you were editor-in-chief of your high school paper or you have never before written a newspaper article.

No matter what your interests or prior experiences in journalism, The Dartmouth welcomes you with open arms. Each year The D attracts a bright corps of new reporters, many of whom ascend to editorial positions during their junior year.

From writing to taking photographs to selling advertisements, The Dartmouth offers a wealth of hands-on experience that will be useful to you at Dartmouth and years after.

Staff members of The Dartmouth have in recent years held internships at CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Hearst newspaper syndicate -- and many of our writers have gone on to full time jobs at The Times and The Post after graduation.

The D has produced many high-profile journalists, including former USA Today editor-in-chief Peter Prichard, Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot, former editor of the New Republic Morton Kondracke, New York Times writers Christopher Wren and David Rosenbaum and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist David Boldt.

Despite being in a small rural area, Dartmouth often finds itself in the national spotlight -- and The D has always been right there to cover the news.

In 1996 during the contentious Republican New Hampshire presidential primary, some of The D's student reporters spoke face-to-face with all the top candidates, including former Sen. Bob Dole,

commentator Pat Buchanan, Sen. Phil Gramm and publisher Steve Forbes.

When Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Former leader of the Christian Coalition Ralph Reed came to campus this year, The Dartmouth was there.

And when Dartmouth sports teams have excelled, The D has been there with extensive coverage: when the women's lacrosse team made it to the NCAA Final Four in Maryland, photographers and sports writers from The Dartmouth were there.

The Dartmouth, Inc. -- a $250,000 corporation that is run by a nine-member student board -- is charged with maintaining the long-term financial health of the newspaper.

Though The D is now a fairly large business, it wasn't always that way.

When it was founded in 1799, it was called The Dartmouth Gazette, and published quite irregularly.

In June 1820, the Gazette became The Dartmouth Herald, and for the next 20 years or so, the paper was mostly a literary journal, rather than a newspaper.

Another two decades passed and in November 1839, The Dartmouth Herald changed its name to The Dartmouth. Around 1875, it became a weekly paper, and in 1920, the student editors voted to go to the current daily format.

This coming spring, The Dartmouth will celebrate its Bicentennial with a weekend-long reunion featuring keynote speakers in journalism. Several hundred

We'll be having a few open houses for anyone interested in The D during the first week of Fall term -- keep an eye out for the exact dates and times when you arrive in Hanover.

You can fill out a subscription form in this issue and mail it to us to begin receiving The D in your Hinman Box once Fall term begins. You don't want to be left out when it comes to knowing what is happening on campus.

We look forward to meeting you, and introducing you to Dartmouth College's one and only school in undergraduate journalism.

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