The Daily Mississippian

The Daily Mississippian, commonly called The DM, is the award-winning student newspaper of the University of Mississippi. The first issue of The Mississippian was published in 1911. It is operated as an independent student-run newspaper, and is published in print four days a week and online daily. It publishes Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during the fall and spring semesters, and occasionally during the June and July summer terms. It has a daily print circulation of 9,000 during fall and spring. [1] It is also the only college newspaper in Mississippi to be a full member of the state press association, and it competes in the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest against professional daily newspapers.

The Daily Mississippian
The Daily Mississippian
The May 4, 2007 front page of
The Daily Mississippian
TypeStudent newspaper
Owner(s)University of Mississippi
Editor-in-chiefDaniel Payne
HeadquartersS. Gale Denley Student Media Center
201 Bishop Hall
University, MS
United States
OCLC number60623793

The DM is a part of the S. Gale Denley Student Media Center. The Director of Student Media reports to the Dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. The DM staff consists of approximately 15 editors, along with a couple dozen reporters and photographers. These numbers vary from year to year and semester to semester. The staff has won numerous national, regional and state awards.

There is also a separate staff devoted entirely to advertising sales and production.

The DM's web site, began offering daily updates in 1996.



In 1962 the University of Mississippi was the focal point of a major civil rights showdown between the government of the state of Mississippi, led by segregationist governor Ross Barnett, and the administration of President John F. Kennedy. At issue was the enrollment of an African-American student, James Meredith. As rioting engulfed the campus, a special edition of The Daily Mississippian carried an editorial from editor Sidna Brower. Brower urged students to return to their homes and not to involve themselves in the violence, which Brower said was a battle between the state and the United States government.[2] The University's student Senate later censured Brower for her newspaper's coverage, which it claimed did not accurately reflect events, and for statements such as Brower's contention that the anti-integration demonstrations were bringing "dishonor and shame" to the University. The censure was repealed by the Associated Student Body Senate in 2002 as the 40th anniversary of the rioting approached.

In 2011, The DM celebrated its 100th anniversary with a weekend of events in Oxford. The keynote speaker was former governor William Winter, a former editor in chief of the newspaper. The student newspaper was originally named The Mississippian. It became a daily in 1962 (though the name "Daily" wasn't added to its masthead until 1968).

The newspaper has won numerous state, regional and national awards in recent years.

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  1. ^ The Daily Mississippian
  2. ^ Doyle, William. An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962, page 277. Doubleday, 2002.