The Daily Californian (or Daily Cal) is an independent, student-run newspaper that serves the University of California, Berkeley campus and its surrounding community. It is published 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 United States. Current circulation is about 10000.
In the fall of 1971, The Daily Californian moved to a second floor office on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way in Berkeley. The Daily Californian moved to two other offices, one on Shattuck Square and on Dwight Way. These moves, while necessary for the financial success of the newspaper, began to erode the student foundation that ran the newspaper. The newspaper currently resides in the 6th floor of Eshleman Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
On November 24, 1982, three days after the November 20th Big Game (now known for The Play), early morning readers of the Daily Cal were chagrined to find in the headline of the front page: "NCAA Awards Big Game to Stanford." Hundreds of copies of the Daily Cal with this fake headline had been strewn about campus in the wee hours. This was in fact a hoax perpetrated by aggrieved Stanford fans.
A newspaper run completely by students worked very well, but financial and management problems dampened the first decade of The Daily Californian's independence. In the early 1980s, The Daily Californian was forced to take on loans, including one from UC Berkeley's student government, the Associated Students of the University of California, or ASUC.
In the early 1990s, hard times and a series of financial mismanagements forced the newspaper to only publish three days a week, which made national news. With the great support of then Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien, The Daily Californian secured a new office in the 6th floor of Eshleman Hall on the south side of campus. This office space had also housed the newspaper from 1963 to 1971. It was during the early 1990s that The Daily Californian also began to tap its growing group of proud and successful alumni. The Daily Californian Alumni Association was founded.
The Daily Californian has a history of publishing spirited editorials, and in some cases editions containing controversial editorials have been trashed. In 2002, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates agreed to pay restitution after admitting to having thrown away a thousand copies of The Daily Californian after it endorsed his opponent, then-Mayor Shirley Dean. In May 2003, nearly 5,000 papers were stolen by students protesting coverage of the arrest of a Cal football player. The largest act of theft took place in November 1996 when the paper's senior editorial board endorsed Proposition 209. Nearly 23,000 papers were stolen on Election Day 1996, and in the following days copies of the paper were tossed off the balcony of the newspaper's office and burned in effigy.
On October 16, 2006, the Daily Cal launched its first blog, The Daily Clog. The Clog is a student-life blog that accumulates various tidbits about Berkeley and college life. It focuses on the UC campus, the city of Berkeley and Berkeley’s online community. That year, the Daily Cal also recorded its first podcast and began text polling.
On August 25, 2008, the Daily Cal announced that it would not print a paper version of the newspaper on Wednesdays amidst a decline in advertising revenues and higher newspaper costs. However, it will have an online version of the paper on Wednesdays.
More than 400 former Daily Californian staffers have joined The Daily Californian Alumni Association since its resurrection in August 1996. A unit of The Daily Californian Education Foundation, the DCAA exists to bring alumni of the newspaper together as well as to provide mentorship and financial support to the current student staff. The DCAA 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, Sports Illustrated, NBC News, USA Today and The Washington Post.
Membership is open to all former staff members of The Daily Californian or student publications office staff (pre 1971). Reunions are held every October during homecoming weekend on the Berkeley campus and offer a chance for alums to mingle and trade stories with students on the current staff.
Society of Professional Journalists
Sports Column Writing, First Place: Stephen Chen “Cal Football Columns”
Online Sports Reporting, Second Place: Brian Bainum, Stephen Chen and Steven Dunst “Football: Cal vs. USC”
In-Depth Reporting, Third Place: Bryan Thomas “Living on the Fault”
Editorial Writing, Third Place: Amina Khan “Intelligent Activism”
Best Affiliated Web site, Third Place: “The Daily Clog”
California College Media Association
General Newspaper Excellence (Dailies), Second Place: The Daily Californian
Best Special Section, First place: The Daily Californian
Best Arts & Entertainment Review, First Place: Stephanie Lee
Best Headline Portfolio (Dailies), First place: Theresa Johnson; Second Place: Alia Salim
Best Sports-Page Design (Dailies), First place: Nancy Yao
Best News-Page Design (Dailies), First place: Joyce Lee
Best Cartoon (Dailies), First Place: Brad Aldridge; Third place: Deana Sobel
Best Sports Photo (Dailies), First place: Linda Zhu
Best Illustration (Dailies), Second Place: Ian Cheng
Best Breaking News Online, Third Place: "The Daily Clog"
Best Photo Illustration (Dailies), Honorable Mention: Skyler Reid
Best Features Photo (Dailies), Honorable Mention: Athena Azavedo
Associated Collegiate Press
Best of Show, Spring 2007 Workshop (Four-year Dailies), First Place: The Daily Californian
Bryan Thomas, Editor in Chief and President
Tamara Bartlett, Managing Editor
Angelica Dongallo, News Editor
Patrici Flores, Blog Editor
Andrew Kim, Sports Editor
Joyce Lee, Design Editor
Laura MacArthur, Night Editor
Louis Peitzman, Arts Editor
Emma Radovich, Development Editor
Victoria Tang, Opinion Page Editor
Nathan Yan, Photo Editor