The Johns Hopkins News-Letter is the independent student newspaper of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. Published since 1896, it is the nation's oldest continuously published, weekly student-run college newspaper.
The News-Letter is published every Thursday in a full-color front and back page broadsheet format, and has two sections: an A section and a B section. Its total circulation is approximately 6,200, including the local campuses of Johns Hopkins, area colleges and the greater Baltimore region.
Several times a year, The News-Letter distributes a special issue with 20- to 30-page tabloid-sized inserts, such as Best of Baltimore, Cover-Letter (introducing new students to the University), Housing Guide, Lacrosse Guide, and the Dining Guide.
The editorial and business boards consist entirely of undergraduates. Members of the editorial staff are democratically elected to one-year terms, while members of the business board are hired by the editors-in-chief.
In 1889, when some believed the university would be better without a student newspaper of any kind, the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins University prohibited the creation of any student publication without the board's written permission. Seven years later, James Thomson '1897 and Edgeworth Smith '98, petitioned Academic Council to allow publication of four trial issues of a fortnightly periodical to be called The Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Its aim, at a pricey 15 cents an issue, would be to report on local events and provide a forum for students who wished to publish opinion pieces. Eventually, and reluctantly, the board acquiesced, "provided that the plan be carried out in a manner satisfactory to the President."
Alsoph Corwin: [ Age 99 ] Hopkins chemistry professor, department head taught for 41 years and developed a process used in archaeology.
Apr 27, 2007; Byline: Jacques Kelly Apr. 27--Alsoph Henry Corwin, a retired Johns Hopkins University chemistry professor and department...