The Daily Athenaeum is the official student newspaper at West Virginia University. Founded in 1887, the paper draws students from all disciplines to contribute original content for publication. It is editorially independent from the university, and also does not have a faculty adviser. The DA is distributed at various locations on campus, as well as around Morgantown, West Virginia, in restaurants and businesses. Content is also available online via its website. News, Sports and special features reported in the DA have regularly been picked up and covered in many national newspapers as well as network news organizations.
The DA's offices are located at 283 Prospect Street, across the street from Arnold Hall on the Downtown campus. The DA publishes three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, throughout the school year, as well updating content every day online. The primary sections of the paper are news, opinion, arts & entertainment and sports.
The Athenaeum (Athe-a-nee-um) has a long tradition of serving the students, faculty, and staff of West Virginia University.
The publication began in 1887 as a literary magazine when classics were popular in college study, hence the name which refers to the forum in ancient Athens where oratory and debate took place. The Athenaeum celebrated its centennial in 1987 with the publication of a special edition.
Soon after journalism instruction began at WVU in the 1920s, the journalism faculty took over the supervision of the Athenaeum, utilizing it as a laboratory newspaper to help teach writing, editing and advertising. The publication took on the appearance of a newspaper and became a weekly. It assumed daily status (five days a week) in 1933.
Over the years, the Athenaeum has improved and grew larger, and hundreds of journalism students worked as reporters and editors. Today the Athenaeum is no longer part of the School of Journalism, as it became completely independent in 1970.
In May 1994, The Daily Athenaeum moved into a new facility located at 284 Prospect Street. A special Building Fee funded construction of this facility.
In May 2016, The Daily Athenaeum announced that it would stop printing Monday through Friday, instead opting to print only Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The newspaper also switched from a broadsheet to a tab layout. This announcement came not long after WVU hired Adell Crowe to head up student media at the school. In this role, she will oversee the student newspaper and student-run radio station U92.
Rankings and Reviews
The Daily Athenaeum has consistently been ranked as one of the best college newspapers in the United States and for the last 7 out of 10 years the DA has been ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the Top 20 Best College Newspapers beginning in 2005 as the 10th-best college newspaper in the United States, 15th in 2006, 8th in 2007, 8th in 2008, 11th in 2009, 11th in 2010, and 8th in 2014.
In 2010, Society of Professional Journalists ranked The DA the 3rd best student publication in the United States.
The Daily Athenaeum has generally been led by two top editors, the editor-in-chief and managing editor. Appointments to these positions are made by a committee of journalism professors at the school, full-time staff members at the newspaper and students. The appoints generally last one academic year. The following is the most recent history of the newspaper's leadership team.
|2016-2017||Caity Coyne||Jennifer Gardner|
|2015-2016||Madison Fleck||David Schlake|
|2014-2015||Jacob Bojesson||Jake Jarvis|
|2013-2014||Carlee Lammers||Celeste Lantz|
|2012-2013||Lydia Nuzum||Cody Schuler|
|2011-2012||Erin Fitzwilliams||John Terry|
|2010-2011||Candace Nelson||Melanie Hoffman|