16 Sep: The First Student Newspaper

The Cornell Daily Sun – the oldest continuously independent college daily newspaper in the United States – published its first issue on 16th September, 1880. It featured some campus sports reports, some horrible amateur poetry, and even some jokes.

It wasn’t until seven years later that a British University caught up with its own equivalent: The Student, at Edinburgh University; although it did have celebrity founder Robert Louis Stevenson up its sleeve.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly consider the difference between UK and US student journalism; speak to the Sun’s current Editor about how she can possibly do her degree at the same time as running a daily paper; and discover what an Autophone was…

Further Reading:

• ‘About The Sun’ (The Cornell Daily Sun):


• ‘About The Student’ (Edinburgh Student Newspaper): https://studentnewspaper.org/about

• ‘The Cornell Daily Sun: A Documentary: Part 4 (Oliver Bundy, 2007):