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The Daily Californian is an independent, student-run newspaper published by the Independent Berkeley Student Publishing Company, Inc. The newspaper serves the UC Berkeley campus and its surrounding community, publishing Monday through Friday during the academic year and twice a week during the summer. Established in 1871, The Daily Californian is one of the oldest newspapers on the West Coast and one of the oldest college newspapers in the country. Daily Cal staffers have the unique opportunity of gaining daily metro news experience in the lively city of Berkeley. The newspaper has consistently covered the city and its institutions since its establishment, allowing student journalists to report on campus as well as city news. The Daily Cal also operates Best of Berkeley, a city guide and local arts Web site for the city of Berkeley.
One of the few campus newspapers in the country that is completely independent from the university it covers, the Daily Cal supports itself entirely from advertising revenue and does not receive equipment resources or any form of financial support from the university or the Associated Students of the University of California. The Daily Cal is run entirely by current or recently-graduated UC Berkeley students, and the majority of the business division of the newspaper is student-operated as well.
The Daily Cal earned its independence in 1971 and publishes with the name, The Daily Californian, pursuant of a licensing agreement with the UC Board of Regents. The move toward independence was initiated after the university administration attempted to fire three editors because of a controversial editorial regarding People’s Park, a university-owned lot in the Southside neighborhood of Berkeley that became an unplanned park for locals.
A board of directors, comprised of Daily Cal alumni, UC Berkeley professors and working news media professionals, oversees long-term fiscal management for the newspaper. The board of directors has no control or input in the Daily Cal’s editorial policy or newsroom operations. In addition, another external board, the Daily Californian Education Foundation, oversees projects for the newspaper staff’s training and fundraising for the Daily Cal’s continual growth. The Education Foundation is also comprised mostly of Daily Cal alumni and also has no influence on editorial content or policy.
The Daily Californian Alumni Association is one the largest and most active alumni associations of any college newspaper. A chartered club of the California Alumni Association, the Daily Cal alumni association holds regular reunions and receptions across the country. Alumni are established and leading journalists in such news organizations as The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, People magazine, The Arizona Republic, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, Sports Illustrated, NBC News, USA Today and The Washington Post.
In recent years, the Daily Cal has earned dozens of awards on a regional and national level for its comprehensive and high-quality coverage of UC Berkeley, the city of Berkeley and the entire UC system. In 2012, the Daily Cal was awarded best daily student newspaper and best student newspaper website in California by the California College Media Association. Its website also ranked among the top 14 student newspaper websites (for large campuses) in the nation by the Associated Collegiate Press.
We publish our print edition daily through the whole year. See our Publication Calendar for exact dates of publishing.
Senior Editorial Staff Summer 2013
Editor in Chief and President
|Seung Y. Lee
Online Managing Editor
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Executive News Editor
| Michael J. Wagner
Serving the campus community since 1871.
Independent student press since 1971.
Published Monday through Friday during the school year by The Independent Berkeley Student Publishing Co., Inc. The nonprofit IBSPC serves to support an editorially independent newsroom run by UC Berkeley students.
This publication is not an official publication of the University of California, but is published by an independent corporation using the name The Daily Californian pursuant to a license granted by the Regents of the University of California. Advertisements appearing in The Daily Californian reflect the views of the advertisers only. They are not an expression of editorial opinion or the views of the staff. Opinions expressed in The Daily Californian by editors or columnists regarding candidates for political office or legislation are those of the editors or columnists, and are not those of the Independent Berkeley Student Publishing Co., Inc. Unsigned editorials are the collective opinion of the Senior Editorial Board.
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The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regard to the readers, writers and contributors of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy.
A comment will be deleted if:
• The comment attacks a named or identified person or group unreasonably;
• The comment makes readers unreasonably uncomfortable on the basis of one’s race, gender, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or otherwise.
• The comment attacks personally any Daily Californian employee or contributor.
• The comment contains excessive obscenities or sexual explicitness.
• It is determined that the comment is made under a false name or uses another person’s name or e-mail address.
• The comment threatens or encourages violence.
• The comment encourages illegal behavior.
• The comment violates copyright or privacy protections.
• The comment contains personal information.
• The comment is completely off-topic or determined to be spam.
• The comment is made by an employee of the Independent Berkeley Student Publishing Company, Inc.
University of California Agreement
The Daily Californian declared independence from the University of California in 1971 after its governing board disagreed with an editorial it published and attempted to fire three of its editors. In establishing its independence, the Daily Cal signed an agreement with the university allowing it to use the name “The Daily Californian” and distribute its paper on campus. The agreement also ensures the Daily Cal remains by and for students and that the university does not compromise the paper’s editorial independence. The full agreement, last updated December 2011, is available here.
V.O.I.C.E. Initiative Agreement
The Daily Californian placed a referendum on the 2012 ASUC general election ballot asking students whether they approve of a $2 semesterly fee to support the newspaper. Students passed the fee, with 5,977 voting in favor and 4,054 voting against, guaranteeing the Daily Cal an estimated $93,800 annually in student fees for five years. In order to ensure that the newspaper’s independence would not be compromised, the Daily Cal signed an agreement with the campus describing the process for the transfer of V.O.I.C.E. funds for the fall 2012 semester. In spring 2013, the Daily Cal signed an agreement with the ASUC for the remaining four and half years of the student fee.