Minnesota Daily
TypeBiweekly student newspaper
Owner(s)Minnesota Daily Board of Directors
Editor-in-chiefHana Ikramuddin
LanguageAmerican English
HeadquartersMinneapolis, Minnesota
Circulation10,000: Mondays & Thursdays during Fall/Spring semesters, 7,500: Wednesdays during summer semester
Websitewww.mndaily.com Edit this at Wikidata

The Minnesota Daily is the campus newspaper of the University of Minnesota, published Monday and Thursday while school is in session, and published weekly on Wednesdays during summer sessions.[1] Published since 1900, the paper is currently the largest student-run and student-written newspaper in the United States and the largest paper in the state of Minnesota behind the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press.[citation needed] The Daily was named best daily college newspaper in the United States in 2009 and 2010 by the Society of Professional Journalists. The paper is independent from the University, but receives $500,000 worth of student service fees funding.

The Daily has a distribution of 12,150 copies per day (Monday and Thursday during the school year) and 10,000 copies per day (Wednesdays during summer) – available at over 200 locations on and near campus free of charge, as it is largely funded by advertising. A typical edition has about a dozen pages. The Daily also provides readers with several special issues, including voters guides, housing guides, survival guides (published the first day of school), "Best of" inserts via the Grapevine Awards Fair (recognizing local businesses) and even parody issues – distributed during finals weeks.

The Minnesota Daily is entirely student-run and student-written, employing more than 150 students with the guidance of a general manager and the governance of its board of directors.[1] The newspaper dually operates as a training institution, providing students with real work experience in journalism, photography, editing, advertising sales, marketing, finance, graphic design, editorial and advertising production, human resources, information systems, public relations, survey research and web programming. In addition, many students gain leadership and delegation skills in the Daily's many management positions.

In May 2010, the Society of Professional Journalists named the Minnesota Daily the best all-around daily student newspaper in the country for the second year in a row.[2]


Minnesota Daily office in 1984

Starting in 1877, the student newspaper/magazine at the University of Minnesota was called the Ariel.[3] In 1899, another local newspaper called Football was started by Horace Bagley, Mike Luby and Clarence Miller.[4] Unlike the Ariel, it was published daily. In response, the publishers of the Ariel decided to become a daily paper as well, giving birth to the Minnesota Daily.

There have been a number of notable individuals to work at the paper, including former NAACP leader Roy Wilkins,[5] longtime CBS correspondent Harry Reasoner,[6] radio personality Garrison Keillor[7] and musician Bob Dylan[citation needed].

The Minnesota Daily was the first college newspaper to provide access to its coverage via the Internet in 1990[citation needed]. The Daily website publishes each day's stories in addition to exclusive web videos, photo slideshows, and additional features.

In 2001, the popular "A&E" section of the Daily was suddenly shut down by student managers of the paper, which generated much criticism among readers and Daily alumni. Garrison Keillor, who had written for the section while a student at the university, said the choice to shutter the section "is not a decision that journalists would have made, and it diminishes the prestige of the paper." The section was quickly reestablished.[8]

In early March 2020, the Minnesota Daily published what would be become its last print edition. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the newspaper ceased printing and switched to an online-only publication.[9]


The Minnesota Daily: Awards & Recognitions

Sports Illustrated

Society of Professional Journalists:

Associated College Press:

2007 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalists

2008 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalists

2009 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Winners


Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ a b "About Us | mndaily.com – The Minnesota Daily". mndaily.com – The Minnesota Daily. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  2. ^ "SPJ announces 2009 Mark of Excellence national winners". www.spj.org.
  3. ^ Reed, Travis (2000-02-23). "Early Daily dominated by sports". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
  4. ^ The General Alumni Association (1928). Martin Newell (ed.). The History of Minnesota Football. The General Alumni Association of the University of Minnesota. p. 11.
  5. ^ a b "Minnesota History: Roy Wilkins a quiet warrior against 'awful hatred'". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  6. ^ Harry Reasoner A Life in the News. Daniel, Douglass K. Univ of Texas Pr. 2009. ISBN 9780292722170. OCLC 320191617.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ "The Daily News: Floating on the Stormy Sea of Beer and Straight Vodka - Garrison Keillor". Garrison Keillor. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  8. ^ Monaghan, Peter (March 2001). "At the U. of Minnesota, a Death at the Daily". Chronicle of Higher Education (March 23, 2001).
  9. ^ Tribune, Richard Chin Star. "The Minnesota Daily ends regular print publication after 120 years". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2023-05-08.