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99 showed up at The Daily Orange office during his
second week on campus. He was eager for some hands-on reporting
experience and was assigned to write about the new dining hall in
the Brewster/Boland complex. Not exactly front-page material, but
hey, he was a freshman. And for an enthusiastic budding journalist,
news is news. Cohen gave the story his best shot and turned it in
to his editor, feeling a mixture of pride and nervousness. He
read what I submitted and said to me, This is crap,
recalls Cohen, who now writes about the securities industry for
Bloomberg News, a multimedia business communication company in New
York City. Taken aback by the bluntness of that early criticism,
Cohen quickly recovered enough to ask, So how do I make it
better? His willingness to learn earned him an apprenticeship
in reporting and writing that he describes as very nurturing,
and he launched a career with Syracuse Universitys student-run
daily newspaper that lasted throughout his four years, eventually
encompassing positions as copy editor and editorial page editor.
The paper taught me a lot, Cohen says. Working
there was an amazing experience.
Kronstain 92, working at the newspaper provided a solid foundation
for meeting the challenges of managing a business. There we
were at age 19, 20, or 21, running a newspaper, says the former
D.O. staff writer, editorial page editor, and board member
who now owns and operates a Philadelphia-based editorial consultancy
and publicity firm. For better or worse, we made decisions
every day that affected the success and future of the business.
Thats when the real learning happens. Kronstain says
the D.O. provided the groundwork for her career.
It was all-encompassing, she says. Not only did she
get the practical writing and managerial experience of working at
a newspaper, but she also participated regularly in a decision-making
process that helped determine the papers longevity. It
was one of the most valuable experiences of my life, she says,
one I consistently draw on.
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51, former D.O. managing editor, works at his desk.
The keynote speaker at the D.O. centennial celebration,
Shogan is an author and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins who
retired from full-time work in 1999.
more than 25 years since Budd Bailey 77 was a member of the
D.O. staff. Now a sports copy editor for the Buffalo News
and author of a book about the Buffalo Sabres, Bailey, too, counts
his D.O. training as an important step in his career, offering
precious lessons beyond those that helped him become a better sports
reporter and writer. I learned a lot about time management
by juggling my work at the D.O. while going to school,
he says. But what Bailey values even more than the educational benefits
of his D.O. work is the quality of the relationships he established
with his colleagues therefriendships that are still strong
today. For many of us, the D.O. was like a second home,
and the people there were our extended family, he says.
and Bailey were among the alumni who gathered on campus this fall
to mark the 100th anniversary of The Daily Orangean
institution that has contributed to Syracuses superior reputation
for journalism education and has helped shape and share the Universitys
story through the impassioned voices of generations of students.
A September celebration hosted by the Daily Orange Alumni
Association featured panel discussions, a dinner gala, and a keynote
address by Robert Shogan 51, a former D.O. managing
editor and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the School of Journalism (now
known as the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications). Also
in honor of the anniversary, the alumni association collaborated
with the current D.O. staff to create a souvenir journal
and produce a commemorative section in the September 19 issue of
the paper. The anniversary presented an opportunity to come
together and celebrate the paper and all it has done for us,
says Cohen, who serves as president of the alumni association, which
he was instrumental in establishing. Many people owe a great
deal to this institution. Its very special.
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Waddell 98, left, Meredith Goldstein 99, and Mickey
Rogers 98 add a headline to a designed page.
What, When, Where, Why
lot has happened in 100 yearsat Syracuse University, and in
the rest of the worldand The Daily Orange was there
chronicling it. A sampling of headlines from the past century reveals
stories ranging from lightweight and sometimes silly accounts of
campus life to influential world events. Among The Daily Oranges
first editorial messages, for example, was Dont hit
other students when playing golf on campus. There are tales
of sports victories and disappointments (1987: Syracuse Rejoices;
1998: McNabb Walks; 2003: A Season to Remember),
and coverage of two world wars, the civil rights movement, and the
September 11 terrorist attacks. Somewhere in the middle of all that,
on the black-and-white newsprint of The Daily Orange, the
history of a University, a nation, and a world unfolded. It was
portrayed through news, sports, and lifestyle stories; editorial
cartoons; and opinion columns. It was hammered out on hefty black
typewriters, dictated from parking-lot pay phones, and shared silently
and immediately via the Internet. And every carefully chosen word,
well-crafted paragraph, evocative photo, and controversial sketch
was conceived, discussed, created, and shared by Syracuse University
students with a passion for journalism.
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cartoons have been a staple of The Daily Orange for years.
This one is by Frank Cammuso 87, now an editorial cartoonist
at The Post-Standard in Syracuse.
first issue hit the streets on September 15, 1903, replacing its
forerunner, The University Herald. From the start, SUs
student-run daily began setting the standard for other college newspapers
by being the first in the nation to feature cartoons. In 1939, The
Daily Oranges Elizabeth Donnelly gained widespread attention
as one of the countrys first female college newspaper editors.
Ironically, less than a decade before, the paper had featured a
story that declared college a waste of time for women: For
an average girl who intends to make marriage her chief business,
to waste four precious years that ought to be devoted to romantic
adventure seems tragic.
attended SU in the years following World War II, during what he
refers to as a special time. The campus was dominated
by veterans who brought a sense of purpose and maturity to campus,
says Shogan, who has covered the Washington political scene for
Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times and was page-one
editor for The Wall Street Journal. I was fortunate
to know and work with them at The Daily Orange, where nearly
all the senior editors were veterans. A member of the Time
magazine-dubbed Silent Generation, Shogan recalls that
most of his fellow students were fairly conservative and had little
interest in politics or world events. Even so, the D.O. pages
from the late 1940s reflect on such weighty issues as war in Korea
and the activities of liberal activist Irving Feiner, who Shogan
says was arrested for disorderly conduct and expelled from the University
after making a public speech criticizing local politicians as champagne-sipping
bums. In his weekly D.O. column, The Ivy Tower,
Shogan protested the expulsion. Feiner went on to appeal his arrest
on First Amendment grounds, and his conviction was overturned by
the Supreme Court in a landmark decision. But make no mistake,
Shogan says, campus lifeand The Daily Orangewere
not all that serious. We were much preoccupied with football.
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students in the early 1970s saw the D.O. as a powerful vehicle
for creating change in what they considered to be a troubled world.
I always wanted to be a journalistsince the womb,
says Barbara Beck 73. And the reasons are simple: I
could save the world and humankind, raise awareness of every important
issue in the Western hemisphere, impact public policy, stop the
war in Vietnam, and elevate womens issues. I was 18 and really
believed it. A newspaper reporter and editor for 25 years,
Beck is now a public affairs officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts.
She recalls that the D.O. staff covered the Vietnam war protests,
sending a reporter to an anti-war rally in Chicago. The staff also
published stories that painted the University in an unflattering
light, believing it was their obligation as journalists to reveal
the unflinching truth, regardless of the risk. We reported
on what we considered bad tenure decisions, Beck says. We
criticized the architectural designs for a proposed student union
for which there were no funds anyway. That D.O. office was
my classroom. It taught me you can have a ball and still publish
a highly professional, ethical newspaper. Every day I learned something
about good writing and effective leadership from other D.O.
staff members. They were great friends and wonderful teachers.
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director Sean Murray 98 inks his pen while working on
Beck was named
managing editor when The Daily Orange became independent
of the University in 1971. Clashes between the School of Journalism
and the had come to a head that spring, in a disagreement over who
should be editor. In October, unhappy with the papers content,
the University threatened to cut funding to the D.O., eventually
offering a choice: The journalism school chooses the editor
and funds the paper, or the University ends the subsidy, Beck
recalls. The staff opted for independence, taking on responsibility
for managing the newspapers finances as well as its contents
and production.We had a constant fear that we wouldnt
make it financially, Beck says. The final tie with the University
was severed in 1991, when the chose to stop receiving activity fees
from the Student Government Association.
Davis, who became chair of Newhouses newspaper department
in July, recognizes that the D.O.s independence is
of great importance to the students who work therejust as
editorial freedom is important to any newspaper. But he believes
the concept of independence is sometimes misunderstood to mean that
Newhouse faculty shouldnt offer advice, or that the D.O.
staff shouldnt seek it. On the contrary, he says, a regular
exchange of ideas with people outside the newsroom is essential
to any newspaper staff. Most Newhouse faculty members have
a good relationship with the D.O., but we all could and should
work harder to make the most of it, says Davis, who makes
a point of reading three newspapers closely every day: The Post-Standard,
The New York Times, and the D.O. SU is a city
in itself, and the D.O. fulfills the classic and important
function of a dailykeeping us informed about our city.
Kaplan, who chaired the newspaper department for six years and is
now assistant dean for professional graduate studies, agrees. He
says Newhouse faculty see the D.O. as a vital part of the
newspaper journalism curriculum. We encourage our students
to publish in the D.O. and often critique their stories in
class, says Kaplan, a former investigative reporter and Pulitzer
Prize finalist. We want them to write for the newspaper, and
most of our students do. I know that many students attend Syracuse
University because of the reputation of the Newhouse School. But
there are an awful lot of aspiring journalists who attend Syracuse
University because of the reputation of The Daily Orange
and its history of excellence.
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await their assignments in 1951.
Throughout the years, as news stories and University Chancellors
came and went, The Daily Orange experienced its own series
of changesin everything from the names on its masthead and
the location of its office to methods of newspaper production and
styles of newspaper design. But some aspects of working at the D.O.
have endured throughout the century. Former staff members consistently
pay tribute to the lifelong relationships established among colleagues
who work, eat, crash, and occasionally party together. They are
grateful for the beneficial career impact of the intense hands-on
experience they received while working at the D.O. They note
with amusement the important role food plays in the creative processfrom
Abes Donuts to Taco Bell to late-night Wegmans runs.
And they speak fondly of the unmatched sense of dedication and fulfillment
that comes from creating a daily newspaper and running a business.
in chief Tito Bottitta, a School of Information Studies senior who
took the helm in January 2002, admits that he loves working at the
D.O.perhaps a little too much. My house is across
the street from the D.O. office, but the people I live with
say I really live at the paper, says Bottitta, who believes
a high level of dedication comes with the territory. Im
not unusual. Im just one in a long line of people who spent
most of their hours here. Bottitta heads a staff of 35, including
writers, editors, graphic designers, cartoonists, photographers,
copy editors, and advertising representatives. Most are Newhouse
students; but many SU schools and colleges, including the College
of Visual and Performing Arts, are well represented among current
staff and D.O. alumni. This past year, additional staff members
were hired to assist with publishing the commemorative journal for
the D.O.s 100th anniversary and a book about the Orangemen
winning the 2003 NCAA basketball championship. People really
throw themselves into being here, which is one of the great things
about this place, Bottitta says. You work with so many
talented, driven young people who are excited about what they are
who worked at the D.O. in the early 1990s, attests to the
dedication of staff members. It was a huge involvement,
she says. You got there after your classes ended and stayed
until 11 at night or later. Even if you werent there, you
might have received a call once pages were put together at midnight,
saying, OK, this is wrong, can you fix it? But we loved
what we were doing. It was very honest, very real stuff.
of that dedication come in many forms for students, from the immediate
satisfaction of serving on SUs community newspaper, to the
career benefits of entering the workforce with invaluable experience
and a connection to a loyal network of D.O. alumni who are
now accomplished journalism professionals. Budd Bailey speaks with
pride of the world-class achievements of D.O. colleagues
who now work as writers, photographers, editorial cartoonists, and
editors at newspapers and magazines throughout the country. We
have two Pulitzer Prize winners in our group, and several have written
books, Bailey says. So someone at the D.O. obviously
did a good job of picking talent.
As the bureau
photo editor for Knight Ridder/Tribune Photo Service in Washington,
D.C., Linda Epstein 89 handles photos for foreign correspondents
stories and overseas events. We had 15 photographers covering
the Iraq war, and I handled all the logistics for them, says
Epstein, who first encountered the challenges of deadline photography
while working as the D.O.s photo editor. She credits
the D.O. for fueling her desire to be a photojournalist.
It taught me to open my eyes to see more around me, to get
photos of the ordinary and the not so ordinary, she says.
And I got the biggest kick out of seeing everyone read The
Daily Orange each morning.
Daily Orange staffers review the weeks issues of the newspaper.
87, former D.O. art director and creator of the SU
Zoo comic strip, considers his D.O. experience one
of the best things I ever did. Now a political cartoonist with
The Post-Standard and an author of humor books, Cammuso says
working at The Daily Orange taught him the value of letting
go of perfectionism under the squeeze of deadlines. Especially
at a daily newspaper, youll have your best cartoon on one day,
and your not so best the next, Cammuso says. But every
day, no matter what, a new paper comes out, and yesterdays paper
is trash. So youve just got to do the best you can, and not
worry so much. Thats the nature of a daily deadline.
99 credits the D.O. with getting her a reporting position
at The Boston Globe. This is my dream job, and I wouldnt
have it if not for the D.O., says Goldstein, who was
one of only a handful of female editors in chief in the papers
history. The papers excellent reputation and the supportive
network of D.O. alumni working in the field helped open doors
during her job search. That networking was helpful,
she says, but it was less important than the actual experience
I gained. At the D.O., I worked on good stories and got amazing
clips. I had great freedom and learned all aspects of the business.
graduation, D.O. students benefit from connections with alumni.
Bottitta says his friendship with a former editor helped him obtain
two internshipsone with The New York Times. He also
values the input of the alumni advisors who critique a section of
the paper every week, offering their opinions to that sections
editor. Its a great way to learn, and we appreciate
the time they take from very busy schedules to do this, Bottitta
says. It really shows how much they care, and how loyal they
As the Daily
Orange Alumni Association grows and matures, Cohen hopes the
organization will allow alumni to offer even more to current D.O.
staff membersand the institution itselfin terms of financial
support, knowledge, and networking opportunities. The paper
is bigger than any individual, or the staff, Cohen says, rephrasing
the words of another former D.O. editor. It is an entity
with a long lifeline, and a sense of community and fraternity.
With the help
of talented and loyal alumni, that entity will continue to evolve
and thrivetelling the story of SU with clarity, integrity,
and passion, while helping shape journalisms future. What
we know we can do better than anyone else is cover Syracuse University,
Bottitta says. Thats who we are, and thats who
we serveso thats what were going for. We spend
a little bit of time here, and we become part of it and it becomes
a part of us. Then we pass that on to other people. Thats
how its been sustained for 100 years.