Columbia Daily Spectator

Columbia Daily Spectator
Columbia Daily Spectator
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Independent
Founded 1877
Headquarters New York, New York
Official website

Columbia Daily Spectator is the daily student newspaper of Columbia University. It is published at 112th and Broadway in New York, New York. Founded in 1877, it is the oldest continuously operating college news daily in the nation after The Harvard Crimson, and has been legally independent of the university since 1962. It is printed weekdays during the academic term. In addition to serving as a campus newspaper, the Spec, as it is commonly known, also reports the latest news of the surrounding Morningside Heights community. The paper is delivered each day to over 150 locations throughout the Morningside Heights neighborhood and has a circulation of 8,000.[1]



Spectator is published by the Spectator Publishing Company, an independent non-profit organization. The president of the Spectator Publishing Company also serves as the publisher of the Columbia Daily Spectator.

Spectator's writing departments, each headed by one or two editors, include campus news, city news, sports, arts and entertainment, and opinion. The other non-writing departments, also headed by their own respective editors, include photography, design, online, production, copy, and business. The business departments, which oversee the newspaper's advertising, finances, and alumni relations, are headed by the publisher.

Spec is currently run by the 135th managing board. First-time writers at Columbia begin their time at the paper with a 1- to 2-month trial period, during which they learn the basics of writing an article and publish their first articles. At some point, when their department editor sees fit, they become staff writers. Each November and December, students run for positions at the paper, a grueling process that takes nearly a month. They begin by "shadowing," or sitting with the current editors or associate editors and learning the editing process. Next they write proposals for their desired position. The students then take an editing test made up by their department editor that tests them on the fundamentals of editing. Finally, they go through the "Turkey Shoot," an interview in which the current managing board grills the applicant on why the writer feels that they would be a good fit for the position. The results of the application process, including the new managing board are announced in mid-December, the weekend before finals.

Recent spinoffs

In 2005, Spec started printing La Página, a weekly flyer in Spanish with translations of some of the week's English content most relevant to neighborhood readers.

The next year, in February 2006, the paper launched a series of blogs, SpecBlogs. They were the third Ivy League paper to do this, after the Harvard Crimson 's Sports Blog (December 2005) and The Daily Pennsylvanian 's TheBuzz (January 2006).

In September 2006, Spectator staff launched The Eye, a weekly magazine featuring investigative pieces and commentary on Columbia and New York City. The name of The Eye relates both to the fact that one "spectates" with it and urban theorist Jane Jacobs' notion that "eyes on the street" help keep neighborhoods safe.

In March 2010, Spec launched a new blog, Spectrum, which is updated several times a day with breaking news, columns, and features.

Current Management

Editor in Chief: Samuel Roth
Managing Editor: Michele Cleary
Publisher: Aditya Mukerjee
Campus News Editor: Leah Greenbaum
City News Editor: Sarah Darville
Opinion Editors: Gabriella Porrino and Rebekah Mays
Arts & Entertainment Editor: Allison Malecha
Sports Editors: Mrinal Mohanka and Jim Pagels
Eye Editor in Chief: Amanda Cormier
Eye Managing Editor Ashton Cooper
Eye Art Director: Cindy Pan
Design Editors: Jeremy Bleeke and Ann Chou
Photo Editor: Phoebe Lytle
Head Copy Editor: Alex Collazzo
Online Content Editor: Jake Davidson
Spectrum Editor: Mikey Zhong
Finance Director: Spencer Duhaime
Sales Director: Mabel McLean
Alumni Director: Andrew Hitti
Staff Director: Hannah D'Apice

Recent Leadership

Year Board Editor in Chief Publisher Managing Editor
2011 135th Samuel Roth Aditya Mukerjee Michele Cleary
2010 134th Ben Cotton Akhil Mehta Thomas Rhiel
2009 133rd Melissa Repko Julia Feldberg Elizabeth Simins
2008 132nd Tom Faure Manal Alam Amanda Sebba
2007 131st John Davisson John Mascari Amanda Erickson
2006 130th Steve Moncada Jacob Olson & John Mascari Tim Shenk, succ. by Nick Klagge
2005 129th Megan Greenwell Chase Behringer Theo Orsher & Liz Fink
2004 128th Nick Summers Lauren Appelbaum, succ. by Tanner Zucker James Romoser
2003 127th Telis Demos Amit Melwani Juliana Castedo
2002 126th Alice Boone Rob Bruce Isolde Raftery
2001 125th Michael Mirer Jeff Posnick Nick Schifrin
2000 124th Dan Laidman Jonathan Gordin Miriam Haskell
1999 123rd Nathan Hale
1998 122nd Eli Sanders
1997 121st Kim Van Duzer
1996 120th Hans Chen
1995 119th Peter G. Freeman Fredrik Stanton Henry Tam, Jr.
1994 118th Ruth Halikman Chris Conway Michael Stanton
1993 117th Elizabeth Berke
1992 116th Kristina Nye
1991 115th Kirsten Danis
1990 114th Julie Zuckerman
1989 113th Josh Gillette Jonathan Earle
1988 112th Tracy Connor
1987 111th Sara Just Alison Craiglow
1986 110th Jacqueline Shea Murphy
1985 109th Anne Kornhauser Thomas Fitzsimmons William A. Teichner
1984 108th Aaron J. Freiwald Thomas Fitzsimmons Robert Zeiger
1983 107th Steven Waldman

Notable Spec Alumni

See also


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External links

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