The Daily Californian: 40 years of independence

Toni Martin (center), the first Editor-in-Chief of the independent Daily Californian,  sits with Jim Branson (left) and Trish Hall (right) in a staff meeting.
Toni Martin/Courtesy
Toni Martin (center), the first Editor-in-Chief of the independent Daily Californian, sits with Jim Branson (left) and Trish Hall (right) in a staff meeting.

The Daily Californian proclaimed its independence from the campus 40 years ago today, months after a controversial editorial angered UC Berkeley officials into firing the editors responsible for its publication. The front-page editorial, published May 11, 1971, encouraged readers to “Take Back (People’s) Park” and tear down the fence that
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Reprint: It’s your newspaper now

The following is a reprint of The Daily Californian’s editorial, published 40 years ago tomorrow, declaring independence from the university after months of conflict surrounding a controversial editorial the paper published about People’s Park. Tuesday, September 28,1971 It’s Your Newspaper Now The Daily Californian is now an independent newspaper. We
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It’s still your newspaper

Four decades ago, The Daily Californian published an editorial that sparked a heated controversy and prompted its Publishers Board to attempt to bring its publication to a halt. The possibility of the students’ voice being silenced was real, and the editor in chief asserted at the time that it “seriously
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Toni Martin, the first Editor-in-Chief of the independent Daily Californian, stands with her staff in the Daily Californian newsroom.  This photo was taken in 1971, the first year of the Daily Cal's independence. - Toni Martin/Courtesy

Paper changes to keep up with media shift

In the 40 years since The Daily Californian first declared its independence, the paper has worked to remain an autonomous and financially stable news source for the Berkeley community, despite falling advertising income and increasing costs. Developing a strong online presence, utilizing social media and fundraising have become greater priorities
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Toni Martin (center), the first Editor-in-Chief of the independent Daily Californian,  sits with Jim Branson (left) and Trish Hall (right) in a staff meeting.

Former editors remember a history marked by controversy

The Daily Californian proclaimed its independence from the campus 40 years ago today, months after a controversial editorial angered UC Berkeley officials into firing the editors responsible for its publication. The front-page editorial, published May 11, 1971, encouraged readers to “Take Back (People’s) Park” and tear down the fence that
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