The Oklahoma Daily

The Oklahoma Daily
The Oklahoma Daily

The Oklahoma Daily logo
School University of Oklahoma
Nickname(s) The Daily; OU Daily

Type College newspaper
Location Norman, Oklahoma
Founded 1917
Owner OU Student Media
Frequency Monday-Friday during Fall and Spring semesters, Tuesday and Thursday in the Summer
Price Free
Circulation 11,000
Format Broadsheet
ISSN 0030-171X
Awards Pacemaker Award (4)
Mailing address Copeland Hall, 860 Van Vleet, Room 149A, Norman, Oklahoma 73019


The Oklahoma Daily is the student-run newspaper at the University of Oklahoma. Though it maintains its connections with OU's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the newspaper is not a part of required learning for journalism students at OU, but some classes are offered at The Daily in which class credit can be earned.

For the most part, The Daily is operated by its parent company OU Student Media which also oversees the production of OU's Yearbook, Sower Magazine, The OU Visitor's Guide and an advertising office. At the paper, Students are hired year round, and some are paid and some are called volunteers or interns. The Editor In-Chief is the only person to serve an entire school year in the same position, and the editorial board changes every semester. The newspaper runs an average of 8 to 12 pages per edition depending on the amount of advertisements sold.

Since The Daily no longer owns an on-campus printer, editions are printed at the same location as The Norman Transcript.


History, circulation and OU Publications Board

In 1897, five years after the University of Oklahoma opened its doors, the first student ran newspaper, The Umpire, made its debut. In 1903 it became a semiweekly news publication called the University Oklahoman. Subsequently, by 1916 the paper had taken on the name that it still carries today, The Oklahoma Daily.

In the fall of 1921, the circulation for The Daily was 700, plus 200 mail subscribers, and by 1926, circulation had reached 6,000. Also in 1926, The Daily became a member of the Associated Press — the only college paper at that time with full voting and membership rights.

A poll in December 1946 showed that 72 percent of the student body read The Daily. In May 1956, a libel suit was filed against editor George Gravely and faculty supervisor Louise B. Moore. The suit was dismissed as groundless, but it marked the first time The Daily had been sued for libel.

The Daily moved into Copeland Hall — its current location — in the fall of 1958 (although the building didn’t get that name for three more years). In 1976, The Daily entered the computer age with a system that used video display terminals and a scanner to read typed copy. The paper was switched to broadsheet format in 1977.

The Daily's coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing was recognized nationally, as media from all over the world contacted its reporters for information. The Daily Staff put on a disaster-coverage workshop at the CMA/ACP convention in Washington, D.C. The Daily's Web site was launched on the same day as the bombing as a columnist for The Daily and about four of his Middle Eastern friends put up the site so people in the Mideast could find out about the bombing. Their relatives were wanting information since the first thought in the U.S. was that the bomber(s) were from the Middle East.

In 1997, The Daily's newsroom was moved into its current location inside Copeland Hall where the backshop used to be. (The Daily had been down the hall, around the corner.) Also in 1997, the Daily switched to year-long Editors-in-Chief.

In 2003, The Daily dropped the Associated Press wire service for a year after a contract dispute. Service was resumed in 2004 after the AP began charging an educational rate to all colleges and universities.

In 2006, The Daily's web site merged with the Sooner Information Network (SIN) and formed a student portal, changing its name to the HUB. The thought behind that move was to make a "hub" of all campus information for students.

In the summer of 2008, the HUB was redesigned into

The Daily has a circulation of 11,000. Distribution is free at more than 100 locations on or near campus. It is published Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and Tuesday and Thursday during the summer. Special issues are also published at various times of the year.

The Daily is overseen by the OU Publications Board, composed of ten members, one representative from each the following areas: the university president's office staff, university president's office student, the journalism college, the faculty senate, the staff senate, the student government, Sooner yearbook, The Daily staff, Student Media, and the Oklahoma Press Association. The board elects the editor-in-chief for the fall-spring term and the summer term.

In June 2009, The Daily exclusively announced that Republican Dan Arnett was going to challenge Congressman Dan Boren in 2010 before any other publication in the state.

Achievements and critical reception

The Daily has won the Associated Collegiate Press' Pacemaker Award — considered by some to be the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism — four times, in 1989, 1994, 1995 and 2004. In 1993-94, The Daily was lauded for its investigative journalism that uncovered administrators' acceptance of gifts from university vendors and the university's subsequent attempts to conceal the improprieties from the public. The stories and the attention they garnered off campus helped precipitate the resignation of university President Richard Van Horn. In 1995, the newspaper aggressively and poignantly covered the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in nearby Oklahoma City. The Daily's Web site — rushed from concept to reality that year — became a national resource for news about the bombing, years before most news organizations were even online.

The Daily receives many phone calls of complaints from citizens on a daily basis around Norman and across the state of Oklahoma because of confusion of the similarity in name to the state newspaper The Oklahoman formerly called The Daily Oklahoman. All callers will be given the number to The Oklahoman by a staff member during business hours.

2008 redesign

Beginning in Fall 2008, The Daily reinvented its online presence by moving away from the now defunct to the newly formed For the first few weeks of the Fall 2008 semester the web-site was presented as a Beta model, but soon adopted the web-site permanently.

On September 29, 2008 the printed version of The Oklahoma Daily premiered its redesigned front page. As a part of the redesign, side bars were inserted, allowing for brief news stories to be featured in an easily seen format. In addition, The Daily moved its recycling symbol and weather forecasts to the bottom of the page.

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