The Tech, first published on November 16, 1881, is the student newspaper at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Editions are published on Thursdays throughout the academic year and about once a month over the summer. The Tech established an early presence on the World Wide Web, and continues to publish online in tandem with the print edition.[1][2]

The Tech
Front page of The Tech (April 9, 2010)
TypeStudent newspaper
SchoolMassachusetts Institute of Technology
FoundedNovember 16, 1881; 142 years ago (1881-11-16)
  • 84 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Room W20-483
CityCambridge, Massachusetts 02139
CountryUnited States
OCLC number3406944
Free online



The Tech is a completely student-managed, and largely student-written publication, officially recognized as a student activity by the administration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The newspaper is largely self-supporting financially, deriving most of its income from advertising.[citation needed] The publication has an advisory board composed primarily of ex-staffers who are alumni of MIT.[citation needed]


Printed copies are distributed throughout the MIT campus on the morning of publication. Since February 2015 the newspaper publishes weekly, reduced from its previous twice-weekly frequency. The online website is updated more frequently.

Since Fall 2015, The Tech has been printed by Turley Publications. From 2014 to 2015, the newspaper was printed by Upper Valley Press, after MassWeb Printing was acquired. From 2010 to 2014, the newspaper was printed by the Mass Web Printing Company, a unit of Phoenix Media/Communications Group, previously the publisher of the Boston Phoenix. From 2000-2009, the newspaper was printed by Charles River Publishing in Charlestown and briefly by Saltus Press in Worcester, after Saltus acquired Charles River Publishing.[citation needed]

Web edition


The Tech newspaper was an early publisher on the World Wide Web, first publishing online in 1993.[1][3] Earlier, StarText, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's videotex system which displayed newspaper content on computer screens, began in 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas (but did not go on the Internet until 1996). In 1987, the Middlesex News (Framingham, Massachusetts) launched Fred the Computer, a single-line BBS system used to preview the next day's edition and later to organize the newspaper's past film reviews.

Nearly every published issue of The Tech is available online,[4][5] and most issues are accessible as PDF files, including the first issue, edited by Arthur W. Walker, which was originally printed by Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, located at 34 School Street in Boston.[6]

Notable alumni



  1. ^ a b Kristina Grifantini, "The Tech, Then and Now", MIT Technology Review, June 23, 2008.
  2. ^ "The Tech". Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  3. ^ Gwen Solomon; Lynne Schrum (2007). Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools. ISTE. p. 225. ISBN 978-1-56484-234-3.
  4. ^ T. F. Peterson; Eric Bender (2011). Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT. MIT Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-262-29501-7.
  5. ^ "The Tech - Archives". Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  6. ^ The Tech, Vol 1, No 1 Archived June 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Matys, Lorraine (January 6, 1977). "Newspaper gets new chief". The Record. p. 11. Retrieved January 13, 2024.
  8. ^ The Tech, Vol 83, No 7, pg 7 Stark's review of Arthur Kopit's Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma's Hung You in the Closet, and I'm Feeling So Sad at the Wayback Machine (archived June 24, 2011)