The Daily Princetonian

The Daily Princetonian
The Daily Princetonian
Prince Circle Logo.png
Type Daily student newspaper
Format Color Broadsheet
Owner Trustees of The Daily Princetonian Publishing Company
Editor-in-chief Ameena M. Schelling
Founded 1876
Headquarters 48 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
Official website

The Daily Princetonian is the daily independent student newspaper of Princeton University. It is published five days a week from September to May and three days a week during the University's Reading Period in January and May.




The Daily Princetonian, nicknamed the "Prince," was the second college newspaper in America to publish daily. The paper, founded in 1876 as a biweekly publication named The Princetonian, became The Daily Princetonian in 1892 when it became a daily newspaper.

Produced by a staff of nearly 200 undergraduate students, the organization has an annual budget of more than $600,000. The "Prince" has a daily print circulation of 2,000 and its website receives roughly 30,000 hits every day.

The "Prince" is fully independent from Princeton University. It is directed by a graduate board of trustees, consisting of former editors and business staffers. The paper supports itself financially and does not receive financial support from the university or from alumni donations.


The Daily Princetonian's offices are housed at 48 University Place, Princeton, N.J., on the western edge of the university's main campus, between Lockhart Hall and Foulke Hall, just down University Place from the U-Store, the university convenience store. The paper's editorial staff consists entirely of Princeton students. Daily operations at the "Prince" are directed by the Editor-in-Chief, who directs the editorial side of the paper, and the Business Manager, who directs the business and financial side of the house. The Business Manager and the Editor-in-Chief report independently to the newspaper's board of trustees so as to prevent business and editorial matters from being intermixed.

The staff is grouped into several sections, including news, sports, opinions, photography, copy editing, design, business, and web. The paper recruits new staff twice annually, at the beginning of each semester, though walk-in volunteers are welcomed at any time. New staffers are typically freshmen, but sophomores, juniors, and seniors may join the paper as well.

The current editor-in-chief is Ameena M. Schelling and the business manager is Sophia Harris-Dyer. The editor-in-chief and business manager are chosen in December and appoint the remainder of their respective boards themselves. Those boards take control of the newspaper with the beginning of the second semester, in February. The editorial boards serve for two semesters. Typically, the editor-in-chief and business manager begin their service in the spring of their junior year and complete their service in the winter of their senior year. This staggered system was created in part to allow the graduating seniors time to finish their senior theses.


In December 2006, Larry DuPraz, the beloved long-time employee of the newspaper who directed its publication and guided its editors from 1946 to 1987, [1] died from heart disease at the age of 87.

In January 2007, the "Prince" caused controversy when it published a fictitious editorial in its "joke issue" regarding the Jian Li lawsuit. Some Asian groups complained for its use of offensive stereotypes, which included portrayals of Asian-Americans as people who cook greasy food and wash clothes.[1]. Author Chang-rae Lee noted that "the piece astounds me not so much for its racism as its stupidity.[2] The "Prince" issued a statement concerning its motivations and expectations for the piece, stating that it did not mean to be offensive but rather satirical.[3]

Famous alumni

Government & Politics



  • Edward W. Barrett '32, Dean, Columbia School of Journalism
  • John V. Fleming GS '63, emeritus professor at Princeton and long-time columnist.
  • Richard Halliburton '21, world traveler, explorer, and writer
  • Henry A. Laughlin '14, president, Houghton Mifflin Company



  1. ^ Isherwood, Darryl R. (2007-01-20). "Many see student column as no joke". The New Jersey Times. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  2. ^ Arenson, Karen W. (2007-01-23). "At Princeton, a Parody Raises Questions". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  3. ^ Sethi, Chanakya (2007-01-19). "Editors' note". The Daily Princetonian. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  4. ^ Epstein, Jennifer (2006-10-05). "A Man of the Times". The Daily Princetonian. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  5. ^ Frank Deford: All in the Game, The Washington Post, April 23, 2006


  • Schmitt, Judy Piper, '76, ed (1977). The Prince Remembers: One Hundred Years of The Daily Princetonian. Princeton, N.J.: Daily Princetonian Publishing Co. 
  • The Orange & Black in Black & White: A Century of Princeton through the Eyes of the Daily Princetonian. Princeton, N.J.: Daily Princetonian Publishing Co. 1992. 

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