The Daily Princetonian
The Daily Princetonian is the daily independent student newspaper of Princeton University. Founded in 1876, the Princetonian is among the oldest college newspapers in the country. Its alumni include journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as Pulitzer Prize winners.
The Daily Princetonian, nicknamed the 'Prince', was the second college newspaper in America to publish daily. The paper, founded in 1876 as a biweekly publication named The Princetonian, became The Daily Princetonian in 1892 when it became a daily newspaper.
Produced by a staff of nearly 200 undergraduate students, the organization has an annual budget of more than $600,000. The Prince has a daily print circulation of 2,000 and its website receives roughly 2,500 hits every day.
The Prince is fully independent from Princeton University. It is directed by a graduate board of trustees, consisting of former editors and business staffers. The paper supports itself financially and does not receive financial support from the university or from alumni donations. The paper currently has an endowment of 1.3 million dollars. No staff member on the 'Princetonian' is paid.
The Daily Princetonian's offices are housed at 48 University Place, Princeton, N.J., on the western edge of the university's main campus. The paper's editorial staff consists entirely of Princeton students. Daily operations at the Prince are run by the editor-in-chief, who directs the editorial side of the paper, and the business manager, who directs the business and financial side. The business manager and the editor-in-chief report independently to the newspaper's board of trustees, in order to prevent business and editorial matters from mixing.
The editor-in-chief and business manager are chosen in December and appoint the remainder of their respective boards. Those boards take control of the newspaper with the beginning of the second semester, in February. The editorial boards serve for two semesters. Typically, the editor-in-chief and business manager begin their service in the spring of their junior year and complete their service in the winter of their senior year. This staggered system was created in part to allow graduating seniors time to finish their senior theses.
The first woman elected editor of the Prince[permanent dead link] was Anne C. Mackay-Smith, Class of 1980; Judy E. Piper, Class of 1976, was the first woman business manager; Taylor Jean-Jacques, Class of 2020, was the first Black (and Black woman) business manager.
The staff is grouped into several sections, including news, sports, opinion, arts and culture, copy editing, multimedia, design, and business.
In December 2006, Larry DuPraz, a long-time employee of the newspaper who directed its publication and guided its editors from 1946 to 1987, died from heart disease at the age of 87. In 2012, the paper's digitized archives was formally launched and named in his honor.
In January 2007, the Prince caused controversy when it published a fictitious editorial in its "joke issue" regarding the Jian Li lawsuit. Some Asian groups complained for its use of offensive stereotypes, which included portrayals of Asian-Americans as people who cook greasy food and wash clothes. The Prince issued a statement concerning its motivations and expectations for the piece, stating that it did not mean to be offensive but rather satirical.
Government and politics
- Elena Kagan '81, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
- Jacob D. Beam '29, U.S. ambassador
- Denny Chin '75, judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, presided over U.S. v. Madoff
- Shelby Cullom Davis '30, U.S. ambassador and founder of Concerned Alumni of Princeton
- Robert H. McBride '40, U.S. ambassador
- Livingston T. Merchant '26, U.S. ambassador
- Adlai Stevenson '22, Governor of Illinois, Democratic Party nominee for president in 1952 and 1956, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
- Woodrow Wilson 1879, president of Princeton University, Governor of New Jersey and President of the United States
- Charles Woodruff Yost '28, American foreign service officer, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
- H. Chapman Rose '28, Under Secretary of the Treasury
- Nelson P. Rose '31, general counsel of the Treasury
- James H. Douglas, Jr. '20, Secretary of the Air Force
- James Forrestal '15, first United States Secretary of Defense
- John Marshall Harlan II '20, Supreme Court justice
- Massie Ritsch '98, Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs & Outreach at U.S. Department of Education
- Chris Lu '88, former White House cabinet secretary
- James H. Billington '50, Librarian of Congress
- Charles Fried '56, former United States Solicitor General and Harvard Law School professor
- Joseph Nye '58, former dean of John F. Kennedy School of Government and international relations expert
- Clifford J. Levy '89, New York Times deputy metro editor
- Rick Klein '98, ABC News Political Director
- Griff Witte '00, Washington Post deputy foreign editor
- Zach Goldfarb '05, Washington Post White House reporter
- Robert Caro '57, Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction writer
- Grant Wahl '96, Sports Illustrated senior writer
- Doug Lederman '84, co-founder and editor of Inside Higher Ed and former editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education
- Barton Gellman '82, editor at The Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize-winner
- Joel Achenbach '82, writer for The Washington Post and author of the Post's Achenblog
- R.W. Apple, Jr. '57, writer for The New York Times
- Peter Elkind '80, Fortune Magazine editor-at-large
- Hamilton Fish Armstrong '14, editor of Foreign Policy
- William Attwood '41, U.S. Ambassador and publisher of Newsday
- Kate Betts, '86, editor of Harper's Bazaar
- John N. Brooks, Jr. '42, author and staff member, The New Yorker
- Peter D. Bunzel '49, op-ed page editor, Los Angeles Times
- Bosley Crowther '28, film critic at the New York Times
- Frank Deford '61, writer for Sports Illustrated and broadcaster on U.S. radio and television.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald '17, novelist and short-story author.
- Richard Just '01, executive editor, The New Republic
- Donald Kirk '1959, national correspondent, Chicago Tribune
- Richard Kluger '56, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and book publisher
- John B. Oakes '34, editorial page editor, The New York Times
- Don Oberdorfer '52, writer for The Washington Post, current professor at Johns Hopkins University
- Norimitsu Onishi '92, reporter for The New York Times
- T.R. Reid '66, former correspondent, The Washington Post and bestselling non-fiction author.
- James Ridgeway '59, editor and writer, New Republic and Village Voice
- Mark Stevens '73, art critic for New York Magazine and co-author of De Kooning: An American Master
- John Stossel '69, ABC News anchor/correspondent
- Annalyn Swan '73, co-author of 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning De Kooning: An American Master, current member of the Prince board of trustees
- Robert McLean '13, publisher, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
- John S. Martin '23, managing editor, Time Magazine
- Thomas E. Weber '89, columnist, The Daily Beast and former Wall Street Journal bureau chief
- Christine Whelan '99, contributor to Wall Street Journal and others, author of Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women
- William Greider '58, national affairs correspondent for The Nation and former reporter for Rolling Stone and PBS Frontline.
- William Henry Rentschler '49, former reporter for Minneapolis Star Tribune, UPI and Chicago Sun-Times.
- Robin Herman '73, Associate Dean for Research Communications at Harvard School of Public Health and former reporter for The Washington Post and The New York Times
- Jose M. Ferrer III '61, associate editor, Time Magazine
- Dori Jones Yang '76, International Business Editor, Bureau Manager in Hong Kong and Bureau Manager in Seattle during career for Business Week
- Catherine Rampell '07, founding editor of New York Times Economix blog. Washington Post columnist
- Jennifer Epstein '08, Politico White House reporter
- Roben Farzad '98, Bloomberg Businessweek senior reporter
- Lou Jacobson '92, PolitiFact senior writer
- Brian Rokus '99, CNN
- Ian Shapira '00, Washington Post enterprise reporter
- Gabriel Debenedetti '12, Reuters White House reporter
- Naomi Nix '10, Chicago Tribune reporter
- Silla Brush '04, Bloomberg reporter
- Noam Levey '93, Los Angeles Times healthcare reporter
- Shirley Leung '94, Boston Globe business editor
- Rodney Ho '91, Atlanta Journal Constitution blogger
- Katherine Shaver '91, Washington Post transportation reporter
- Matt Boyle '97, Bloomberg Businessweek
- Noah Trister '01, Associated Press sports reporter
- Justin Pope '97, Associated Press higher education reporter
- Bert Robinson '83, San Jose Mercury News managing editor
- Kathy Kiely '77, Sunlight Foundation managing editor
- Andrew Pollack '75, New York Times business reporter
- Edward W. Barrett '32, Dean, Columbia School of Journalism
- John V. Fleming GS '63, emeritus professor at Princeton and long-time columnist.
- Richard Halliburton '21, world traveler, explorer, and writer
- Henry A. Laughlin '14, president, Houghton Mifflin Company
- John D. Rockefeller III '29, philanthropist
- Henry Burchard Fine 1880, dean of sciences at Princeton and namesake of Fine Hall on the Princeton campus.
- Schmitt, Judy Piper, '76, ed (1977). The Prince Remembers: One Hundred Years of The Daily Princetonian. Princeton, N.J.: Daily Princetonian Publishing Co.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- The Orange & Black in Black & White: A Century of Princeton through the Eyes of the Daily Princetonian. Princeton, N.J.: Daily Princetonian Publishing Co. 1992.