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The Daily of the University of Washington
The January 30, 2014 front page of
The Daily
TypeDaily student newspaper
Owner(s)The University of Washington Student Publications
PublisherDiana Kramer
Editor-in-chiefLucas Amrine [1]
Managing editorMary Murphy
News editorSofia Schwarzwalder [1]
Opinion editorEmma Schwichtenberg [1]
Sports editorTy Gilstrap + Ethan Kilbreath [1]
Photo editorEmma Ottosen [1]
Founded1891; 133 years ago (1891)
Headquarters144 Communications Building
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195
Circulation10,000 [2]
OCLC number 19464732

The Daily of the University of Washington, usually referred to in Seattle simply as The Daily, is the student newspaper of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA. It is staffed entirely by University of Washington students, excluding the publisher, advertising adviser, accounting staff, and delivery staff.

The Daily features regular news, sports, opinion, and arts & leisure sections, as well as weekly science and wellness sections and an online podcast.

In addition to its regular daily and weekly sections, The Daily publishes a number of special sections every year. An edition of The Game Daily is published before each home football and men's basketball game, and is distributed on campus and at the tailgate party before the game. Other special sections throughout the year often include The Holidaily, Sex Edition, Spring Break Edition, Outdoors Guide, Greek Edition, Career Guide, and Housing Guide. A special Graduation Edition and Salute to Grads are distributed on campus, at all graduation exercises, and commencement.

Additionally, The Daily publishes a magazine: Pacific Wave.

The Daily is overseen by the Board of Student Publications, which consists of representatives from the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW), the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), the Faculty Senate, the UW Department of Communication, the UW administration, the Daily newsroom, and a local professional publication. [3]


The Daily was founded in September 1891 as The Pacific Wave and ran under that title until June 5, 1908, having absorbed the short-lived campus paper The College Idea which ran during the 1895–1896 school year. [4] The newspaper became a daily with its September 15, 1908 issue and changed its name to The Pacific Daily Wave. This name lasted until May 21, 1909, and the paper became The University of Washington Daily when the 1909–1910 school year began. [5]

The University of Washington Daily ceased publishing Monday issues in 1933 during the Great Depression. It became The Daily of the University of Washington in 1976, and in 1985 it resumed publishing on Mondays. [3]

In 2007, The Daily became a partner with Next Door Media and jointly launched, a blog that reports on the U-District in Seattle, Washington.

In 2010, The Daily created a half-hour television companion show called The Daily's Double Shot. The first episode premiered on UWTV, Channel 27 on February 5, 2010, with new episodes premiering every two weeks during the academic year.

In 2016, The Daily switched to a twice weekly print schedule on Mondays and Thursday, with regular online content the other weekdays.

In 2018, The Daily switched to a once weekly print schedule on Mondays, with regular online content the other weekdays.

In 2020, as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, The Daily switched to a twice weekly email newsletter, with regular online content every weekday.

As of June 2021, The Daily plans to resume its once weekly print schedule on Mondays, continue its twice weekly email newsletter, and publish other print products including sports-focused Game Dailies, quarterly Pacific Wave magazines, and other special sections.


The Daily is one of the most awarded college newspapers in the United States.

Former awards include Newspaper of the Year from the Associated Collegiate Press in 1996, 1997 and 2000; [6] and the Mark of Excellence Award for the Best All Around Newspaper in the nation from the Society of Professional Journalists in 1997. [7]

At the 2010 National College Media Conference The Daily earned the Pacemaker for General Excellence, Best of Show, Story of the Year Editorial/Opinion, Story of the Year Diversity and Multimedia Story of the Year. The Daily also earned the 2007, [8] 2008, [9] 2009 [10] and 2010 [11] Apple Award for the best four-year college newspaper (tabloid) in the United States at the CMA Spring Convention in New York City. It has also been recognized with the 2007, [12] 2008 [13] and 2009 [14] Mark of Excellence Award for the Best All-Around Newspaper in Region 10 (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska) by the Society of Professional Journalists. It was a finalist for the 2009 Pacemaker Newspaper of the Year, and earned second place for Best of Show at the National College Media Conference. [15]


2008 gay marriage op-ed

In November 2008, The Daily ran an op-ed column written by John Fay, a columnist, which criticized gay marriage as part of a point/counterpoint regarding the passage of Proposition 8 in California. The piece was accompanied by an illustration of a man standing next to a sheep, referencing Fay's statement that allowing gay marriage would lead to legal bestiality. Among other controversial statements, Fay argued that "being homosexual, like other emotional tendencies, doesn't make someone a bad person, but it's a problem that needs to be dealt with, not denied." The article sparked outrage among the student body, and students assembled in the Husky Union Building to protest, claiming that the article encouraged "fear and hate". [16]

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) drafted a resolution at their December 3, 2008, meeting to have the editor-in-chief and opinion editor to either apologize for the publication of the opinion piece and illustration, or to resign. [16] Editor-in-chief Sarah Jeglum stated that she supported balanced viewpoints and did not plan to give the apology as requested. [17] She encouraged groups and individuals to continue to voice their various opinions and to have The Daily act as a public forum for a variety of opinion. The GPSS then passed a resolution at its February 4, 2009 meeting to direct the Graduate and Professional Student Senate representative on the Board of Student Publications to vote for censure of Jeglum.

On February 10, 2009, the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) passed a resolution supporting "the independence of The Daily as a member of the free press", and "its right to publish controversial material provided it is within the bounds of speech protected by the first amendment and THAT the ASUW finds that printing this article did not cross those legal boundaries and did not violate The Daily's code of ethics, thus a call for censure of Sarah Jeglum is not warranted."

The Board of Student Publications met on February 19 to consider the GPSS resolution to censure Sarah Jeglum. The Board voted with two yea, and five nay; the resolution failed to be adopted.

ASUW then considered another resolution in response to the GPSS attempt to censure, to establish Free Speech and National Freedom of Speech Week during the third week of October.

2021 ASUW election cartoon

On April 26, 2021, The Daily published its annual ASUW Elections endorsements as well as separate cartoon that attempted to caricature the uncontested elections process by suggesting that student voters write in random campus icons on their ballots. The endorsements and cartoons were criticized by many students as being racist, pointing out the language in the endorsements calling a majority-POC ticket of candidates "lazy" and "unprepared" as well as the inclusion of the UW Medicinal Herb Garden monkey statue [18] as one of the proposed write-in suggestions. Quickly following these criticisms, the cartoon was taken down and the cartoonist issued a personal apology for the harm caused by its publication.

The ASUW President, Camille Hattwig, issued a "Response to 04/26 Post from The Daily," emailing it to all students campus-wide on April 28, 2021. The message, in its entirety, read: "We were deeply alarmed to see the recent publication of racist imagery from The Daily surrounding the current ASUW elections. All students and student leaders deserve to be treated with basic respect, and ASUW stands in solidarity with the candidates. The ASUW calls on The Daily for legitimate accountability for publishing racist material aimed directly at other students. We are grateful for the continued work of past, present and future generations of student leaders within and outside of ASUW who continue to work to make our university equitable for marginalized students. Every day we are reminded there is more work to be done."

Following this email, many students took to Twitter and Reddit to share their confusion with the vague email as not every student had seen the endorsements nor the cartoon, nor understood that the ASUW was referencing those pieces. Many of the same students shared their opinion of the endorsements and cartoon after a copy was posted in the Reddit group, the majority of whom claimed they did not feel either piece contained racist intent nor content and felt the ASUW had overstepped its authority. Some students organized a recall petition which, if it collected enough signatures, would begin recall proceedings against Camille Hattwig. The petition, while gaining hundreds of signatures, did not meet the threshold and no further action was taken against ASUW.

On April 29, 2021, Editor in Chief Mac Murray published a Letter from the Editor, [19] issuing an apology and action steps The Daily would take to rectify the situation.

Notable alumni

See also


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  7. ^ "2000 Mark of Excellence National Winners and Finalists". Society of Professional Journalists. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
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  9. ^ "2008 Apple Award Winners". College Media Association.
  10. ^ "2009 Apple Award Winners". College Media Association.
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  13. ^ "Announcing 2008 Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards Winners".
  14. ^ "SPJ announces 2009 Region 10 Mark of Excellence Award Winners".
  15. ^ "ACP - Contest Winners". Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  16. ^ a b Perry, Nick (December 5, 2008). "Seattle Times Article". The Seattle Times.
  17. ^ Monica Guzman (December 5, 2008). "Students protest anti-gay column in UW paper". Seattle's Big Blog.
  18. ^ "Monkey business: The story of the UW Medicinal Herb Garden and its guardians".
  19. ^ "Letter from the Editor on community concerns". April 29, 2021.
  20. ^ "Opinion". The New York Times.
  21. ^ "Evelyn Keiko Iritani Biography". Los Angeles Times. April 3, 2004.
  22. ^ "CNN names Bryan Monroe editor of". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  23. ^ "Black College Wire Article". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  24. ^ "Johnson Publishing Article". Archived from the original on May 2, 2009.
  25. ^ "UW Alumni Article". Archived from the original on May 10, 2010.
  26. ^ "Eric Nalder Named Senior Enterprise Reporter for Hearst Newspapers". March 18, 2009.

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