Tuesday, October 2, 2007
The Brown Daily Herald is the student newspaper of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. It is financially and editorially independent of the University, and publishes Monday through Friday during the academic year with additional issues during commencement, summer and orientation. The Herald is managed by a board of trustees of which two editorial staffers, two business staffers and five Herald alumni are members.
The Herald first appeared on Wednesday, December 2, 1891. The first issue was printed during the night and copies were distributed to each door in the dormitories with no preliminary announcement. The secret planning for the paper was actually begun about a month earlier by Ted Baylies 1895 and George Hunter 1893, who, as readers of The Harvard Crimson and The Yale Daily News, were convinced that they could put out a daily newspaper at Brown. They enlisted the help of John 1893 and Edward Casey 1893, who were putting themselves through college in their printing shop at the foot of College Hill. Baylies and Steve Hopkins 1893 rounded up advertising for the whole year to insure the financial soundness of their proposed venture. Ben Johnson 1893, H. Anthony Dyer 1894, and Guy A. Andrews 1895 were also named to the board of editors. The approval of 8th University President Elisha Benjamin Andrews and other faculty members was obtained before the first issue appeared. The four-page paper was printed at the Casey shop on a single-cylinder press operated by a wheel, mostly by the labor of the editors after they discovered that the tramp printer they had hired was given to drinking. The price of the paper was two cents a copy or $1.50 per year. The Herald received a cool reception from the Brunonian, which in 1890 had welcomed the Brown Magazine as a new literary publication and devoted its own pages to news, but had rejected the idea of daily publication. A Brunonian editorial criticized the appearance of The Herald, and stated:
Nevertheless, The Herald survived and even began to have a social life, holding its first banquet at the Crown Hotel in 1903, and playing the first of a long series of annual baseball games against the Brunonian in 1907. As a supporter of Charles Evans Hughes 1881 for president in 1916, The Herald happily and in large print proclaimed his victory on November 8, 1916 before learning that he had actually lost the election.
The Herald dropped the word "Daily" in May 1917 when publication was limited to three days a week. In the fall of 1918 the paper became a semi-weekly. On February 1, 1919, daily publication was resumed. During the war, letters from alumni in the service were featured.
After the war, the paper turned its attention to other matters, printing a green issue for St. Patrick's Day in 1920, and on January 20, 1921, an editorial on the immoral behavior of Brown students and their dates, the "social buds," who came to Brown dances and checked their corsets with the hat-check attendant. The editorial provoked replies and received a whole page of coverage in the Boston American. The Literary Supplement of the Brown Daily Herald, a twelve-page collection of poetry and short pieces of prose, priced at fifteen cents, made two appearances, in April and May of 1921, and then disappeared. For some reason, in December 1921, when The Herald was celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the masthead began to include the words, "Founded in 1866, Daily since 1891." The reason for the determination of this date of "founding" is uncertain. Perhaps The Herald decided to adopt its rival, the Brunonian — with which it had coexisted — as an antecedent. The Herald would then be able to stretch its life back to 1866, when another Brunonian, this one a rival of the Brown Paper, appeared. On October 19, 1924, a newspaper appeared with the title, Brown Daily Drivel, a single issue printed by students as a travesty on The Brown Daily Herald. In later years, The Herald issued its own comic papers, often on April Fools' Day (a tradition that continues today
In 1933, The Herald caused a considerable stir by launching an editorial campaign urging students at Brown and at other colleges to sign petitions pledging "not to bear arms except when the country is invaded." An unexpected result was the appointment by the Rhode Island General Assembly of a committee "to investigate the University and to provide penalties for disloyalty to the State and Nation." The response of the students was to raise the number of pledges to 700. The peace drive spread to other colleges and soon an Intercollegiate Disarmament Council was inviting colleges across the country to join the peace movement. The university administration, while not in favor of the stand, did not interfere, and the legislative committee concluded that there was no need to suppress the movement as there was no evidence of a connection with disloyal organizations outside the University. When a destructive hurricane struck New England on September 21, 1938, during freshman week, eight upperclassmen who were on campus to greet the freshmen managed to get out by candlelight a mimeographed one-page edition of The Herald, followed by a similar two-page issue the next day. During World War II, The Brown Daily Herald again suspended publication on January 12, 1943. From March 10 to August 13, 1943 the paper was published weekly and called the Brown Herald. From August 20, 1943 to October 5, 1945 the weekly Brown Herald-Record replaced the Brown Herald and the Pembroke Record, and during that time had a woman editor, Audrey Mishel '44. In September 1947, when The Herald resumed daily publication, it published a magazine called Midnight, a manual of sorts for the Herald staff. The title came from the paper's deadline.
Since September 1947, The Brown Daily Herald has been published regularly. However, its duration is not as long as its numbering suggests, having been inadvertently extended on January 18, 1959, when the volume number abruptly changed from 68 to 88, an error on which all subsequent numbering has been based. The Brown Daily Herald Supplement was first published on September 28, 1959. The contents of the first issue were an interesting assortment – a review of Lady Chatterley's Lover (recently reissued in the United States, where it had been banned), photographs of life on South Main Street (identified on the cover as "Slums"), an article on the prospects of the Ivy League season, an article on new chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and a cartoon by Jules Feiffer. The Supplement continued to be a weekly (although not always on the same day of the week) publication until 1963. The Brown Herald Review, containing literary pieces, art, and book reviews, was published eight times during the academic year from October 1963 until January 1966. A hoax issue of the Herald which went wrong was that of December 6, 1965, with its oversized headline, "Pembrokers Get Apartments; Experiment Begins in Spring," and related stories. The next day, Editor-in-Chief M. Charles Bakst '66 and two managing editors resigned, stating that in conceiving the hoax issue they had believed that it "would be humorous in the short-run and conducive in the long run to a more thorough discussion of Pembroke's residential and social system." In fact, their stories had been taken at face value by some students, faculty, and administration, who were not amused. On March 27, 1964, a similar effort proclaiming "Pembroke No Longer 'Coordinate'; Corporation Makes Brown 'Co-ed'" and "Keeney Selects Special Committee to Supervise 'Herald'" had brought forth no more than a cheerful communication to the managing board from President Keeney, probably because of the proximity to April Fools' Day.
In 1968, Beverly Hodgson '70 was acclaimed by the press as "First Woman Editor of Ivy League Daily" (and coincidentally later married the nephew of Audrey Mishel, the woman editor of the Herald-Record of World War II), and with her managing editor, another woman, Laura Hersh '70, got The Herald out from its new offices at 195 Angell Street. In 1973, The Brown Daily Herald Voluntary Publishing Association, which took in outside printing jobs as well as publishing The Herald, was facing financial difficulties after purchasing typesetting equipment. The solution was the founding of Fresh Fruit, a college-oriented tabloid with distribution to eight college campuses and the potential for generating advertising income. Its first appearance was in The Brown Daily Herald of February 15, 1973. In February 1975, an editorial staff separate from that of The Herald took over the publication of Fresh Fruit. The Herald, still in debt after a 1974 operating loss of $10,000, began an alumni subscription drive, filed claims against its creditors, and sought incorporation under the laws of Rhode Island. With the Commencement issue of 1975, The Brown Daily Herald Voluntary Publishing Association became The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. In 1985, The Herald entered into a contract with the Undergraduate Council of Students, in which UCS agreed to purchase 5,500 subscriptions at five dollars each for every member of the student body, though UCS later cancelled this contract and The Herald has been free since. A weekend insert called Good Clean Fun was added in 1986. In September 1989, a new supplement, intended to be monthly, appeared under the title, In Depth. Editor-in-chief of The Herald Amy Bach expressed the hope that the new supplement would serve as a forum for the thorough exploration of one topic each month. The first issue was devoted to articles on depression, the second to Providence's neighborhoods. On November 2, 1991, The Brown Daily Herald held a one-hundredth anniversary celebration, at which William Kovach was the keynote speaker.
post- is The Herald's weekly arts and culture magazine, running each Thursday. Its name references the academic convention of using "post-" as a prefix — as in "post-modernism" and "post-structuralism" — to indicate transcending older modes of thought.
post- regularly contains film,
One noteworthy feature of each issue is a nearly-nude picture of a campus group or person, with creative ways of covering up the subjects' private parts. For example, the March 1, 2007 depicted the Brown Derbies, an all-male a capella group known for wearing vests and bowler hats, standing naked with their signature hats covering them up.
post- has its own website, post.browndailyherald.com
The Herald has a unique style. The paper references academic departments, faculty titles, University campaigns, and organizations abbreviated by acronyms so regularly that it has several case-specific policies for references. The Herald does not employ the serial comma, and favors the word "said" after a quote over "mentioned," "pointed out," etc.
Generally The Herald defaults to the Associated Press style, and therefore keeps numerous copies of the AP Stylebook on hand in its office.
The Brown Daily Herald employs over 100 voluntary staff members, who work as editors, business managers, reporters, designers, photographers, and artists.
The editorial board manages the The Herald and is responsible for its daily production. Members usually serve for the spring of their junior year and the fall of their senior year. The board usually consists of between three and seven positions. In recent years, positions on the board have included Editors in Chief, Executive Editors and Senior Editors. The Herald is currently under its 117th editorial board. For this reason, the members of the board are collectively referred to as "117" (pronounced "one-seventeen"). The members of the 117th editorial board are:
Eric Beck, Editor in Chief and President of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc. Mary Catherine Lader, Editor in Chief and Vice President of The Brown Daily Herald Inc. Allison Kwong, Executive Editor Ben Leubsdorf, Executive Editor Stephen Colelli, Executive Editor Jonathan Sidhu, Senior Editor Anne Wootton, Senior Editor
The production staff of The Herald is responsible for the technical aspects of putting out the day's paper. They design the layout of the paper with Adobe InDesign, copy edit the articles, and post content to the Web. They are:
Steve DeLucia, Design Editor Christopher Gang, Copy Desk Chief
Mark Brinker, Graphics Editor
Roxanne Palmer, Graphics Editor
Luke Harris, Web Editor Production
Each of The Herald's sections is managed by one or more section editors. Currently, they are:
Lydia Gidwitz, Arts & Culture Editor Lindsey Meyers, Arts & Culture Editor Stephanie Bernhard, Features Editor Stu Woo, Features Editor Simmi Aujla, Metro Editor Sara Molinaro, Metro Editor Ross Frazier, News Editor Jacob Schuman, Opinions Editor Michael Zapendowski, Opinions Editor Peter Cipparone, Sports Editor Justin Goldman, Sports Editor Sarah Demers, Assistant Sports Editor Erin Frauenhofer, Assistant Sports Editor Madeleine Marecki, Assistant Sports Editor
Christopher Bennett, Photo Editor Eunice Hong, Photo Editor Jacob Melrose, Sports Photo Editor
Because The Herald is independent of Brown University, it must generate revenue to sustain itself. The business staff does so mainly through soliciting advertisements in the paper. Additionally, The Herald offers daily and weekly subscriptions to the newspaper, and fills around 30 subscriptions each week. Currently, the staff consists of an executive management team, staff members, and two paid employees.
Dee Gill, General Manager and Treasurer of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc.
Ally Ouh, General Manager and Secretary of The Brown Daily Herald, Inc.
Dan DeNorch, Executive Manager
Laurie-Ann Paliotti, Senior Advertising Manager
Susan Dansereau, Office Manager Business
In 1995, The Herald became the first college newspaper in the United States to publish itself online as well as in print. The newspaper is published each day at www.browndailyherald.com — where it can be viewed at no cost to the user — and is divided into sections for easy browsing. All pictures and comics appearing in the paper are also uploaded.
The Web site has informative sections about The Herald itself, including "About the Herald," an FAQ, and contact information. It also announces scheduled meetings and provides means for students to get involved, alumni to subscribe, and people or companies to place advertisements in the paper. Additionally, an archives section organizes and makes available each volume of the The Herald since March 12, 2004.
Over the winter break of December 2006/January 2007, The Herald's Web site was redesigned with ease of reading and a "clean" feel in mind. The home page now displays not only the leading stories but lists every article appearing in the day's volume. Also, much of the darker colors of the previous site have been replaced with white, once again emphasizing a cleaner feel. Additionally, a PDF document of the current print edition's front page is available for download at the bottom of the home page. The Web site is still supported by College Publisher.
The Herald's office building is located at 195 Angell Street, between Thayer and Brook streets. The downstairs includes business offices, the newsroom, a conference room and the editorial office. The upstairs space includes a large staff lounge where post- magazine is produced.
Each Thursday night, The Herald's editorial board hosts a meeting at 9:00 p.m. for Herald section editors, senior staff writers and staff writers, at which staffers offer story ideas and talk about whatever is happening outside of the office. The editors spend much of their free time at the Herald office, so they rely on the staff members at the 9-spot to contribute a number of story ideas.
Once the staff have contributed as many story ideas as they can, each person at the meeting is given a copy of one of the four newspapers that ran during the week. When someone comes across an article that can be spun in a humorous way, he or she informally shouts out a one-liner that usually pokes fun at the content of the article. These one-liners make up the diamonds and coal section that runs on the 10th page on Fridays.
In the early 1930s, The Herald began a pacifist movement called "War Against War." The paper launched an editorial campaign urging Brown students to sign petitions pledging "not to bear arms except when the country is invaded." The movement spread across the country and gained popularity in college papers large and small, which quickly endorsed The Herald's actions . When Rhode Island officials caught wind of the campaign, they immediately grew suspicious and appointed a committee "to investigate the University and to provide penalties for disloyalty to the United States."
The result was a resolution — passed unanimously by the Rhode Island General Assembly — accusing The Herald of treason and associating the paper with the Communist movement. Providence attorney William Needham, a Brown graduate himself of the class of 1915, called the War Against War campaign "a foreign movement of communistic tendencies."
Throughout the process, the Brown administration did not interfere in the legislative action, citing freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
In the end, the committee concluded that The Herald and its campaign were not serious enough threats to warrant suppression or any further action, as there was no connection between The Herald and disloyal organizations.
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