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The Daily Orange is an independent student newspaper published in Syracuse, New York. It is free and published daily during the Syracuse University academic year.

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TypeDaily (M-Th) newspaper
Owner(s)The Daily Orange Corporation
Editor-in-chiefHaley Robertson
Managing editorsCatherine Leffert
Founded1903; 116 years ago (1903)
HeadquartersSyracuse, New York, U.S.

It was one of the first college papers to become fully independent from its parent college. Its alumni work at nearly every major newspaper in the nation — The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Dallas Morning News, The Boston Globe in a variety of reporting, editing, design and photography roles.

Publisher reported circulation for 2018 was 6,000 copies, with a weekly online circulation of about 45,000. [1]The paper's print edition is published Monday, Wednesday and Thursday during the academic year, but content is published online daily during the academic year. The Tuesday print edition was dropped starting in fall 2018 to focus on digital content. [2]



A major turning point in D.O. history occurred in 1971. Until that time, the newspaper was considered part of SU, meaning that the administration could possibly influence the content of the paper based on financial holds. In 1971, the university refused to back The D.O. in a libel suit and the editorial staff decided to sever the ties that existed with the administration. The paper became a student organization that received funding for production costs from the Student Government Association (now known as the Student Association).

The D.O. continued to operate this way, receiving funds from the annual student activity fee, until 1991. A referendum vote determined whether the student body would continue to contribute a portion of its fee. In 1991, however, Editor in Chief Jodi Lamagna and her staff decided to refuse any further funding from SGA. In the process, The D.O. became one of the few completely independent student newspapers in the country.

Since then, The D.O. has operated with complete financial independence from the university, raising funds necessary for publishing a daily paper through advertising revenue and fundraising. Though it still maintains a business relationship with the university, in regards to its status as a student group and its housing agreement, its relationship with administrators has no bearing on its editorial content.

CIA lawsuitEdit

In the early 1980s, The Daily Orange was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the CIA.[3]

Own work and awardsEdit

The D.O. was the first student newspaper to have comics. The paper has produced many famous cartoonists, such as Vaughn Bode, Robb Armstrong (creator of Jump Start), Brad Anderson (creator of Marmaduke), Steve Ellis and Nicholas Gurewitch (creator of the Perry Bible Fellowship).

The paper has in the past decade won numerous awards, including more than a dozen "story of the year" awards in several categories from the Associated Collegiate Press and top-story honors from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. It is also the best-designed student newspaper in the country, as voted at the University of Missouri Student Society for News Design awards in 2005.

The Daily Orange was named the best all-around student newspaper in the country by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2018.[4]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Ad Rates". The Daily Orange - The Independent Student Newspaper of Syracuse, New York. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  2. ^ "The Daily Orange cuts Tuesday print edition for 2018-19 year". Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  3. ^ "Daily Orange Corp. v. CIA, 532 F. Supp. 122 - Dist. Court, ND New York 1982". United States District Court, N. D. New York. 1982-03-18. Retrieved 2010-11-18. The CIA claims that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any covert activity at Syracuse University because the fact of such activity's existence or non-existence is itself protected under Executive Order 12,065. Executive Order 12,065, § 3-505, 3 C.F.R. 190, 199 (1979)
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  5. ^ "Matthew Berry '92: Dream Job in Fantasy Sports World". Syracuse University Magazine. Retrieved 2019-08-31.

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