The Daily Beacon is the campus newspaper serving the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and its surrounding community. The paper is editorially independent and is entirely written, produced and managed by students. The Daily Beacon is published Mondays and Thursdays during the fall and spring academic terms; plus content is published daily on our website, www.utdailybeacon.com. The paper is free of charge and is mainly supported by advertising.
The Daily Beacon has a distribution of 10,000 per day during the school year and 5,000 during the summer. Our office is located at 11 Communications Building, 1340 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-0314.
In 1871, students at the university published a semi-monthly newspaper, The University Times-Prospectus, which included "literature, science, news, wit, humor and whatever else may be of interest in connection with the Institution." More frequent student newspaper publishing began in the first decade of the 1900s, and since 1906 a student newspaper has published continuously. The Orange and White published for 61 years, as a weekly first and later as a semi-weekly.
The Publications Council, which had overseen the newspaper since 1916, hired alumnus David Hall '65 to develop a plan for a student-managed daily paper. That led to the establishment of The Daily Beacon on April 20, 1965, as the successor to The Orange and White. An initial publishing schedule of four issues per week was soon expanded to five days; this daily schedule remained uninterrupted for years until The Daily Beacon shifted much of its content online due to readers' preferences.
ONLINE ARCHIVE POLICY
Our policy at the Daily Beacon is to remove nothing from our online archives. Exceptions can be made if the material is unlawful — meaning that it is potentially defamatory or an invasion of an individual's privacy – but we will not change the historic account of our newspaper based simply upon the request of someone, years later, who may find something to be embarrassing or bothersome.
Material that was lawful and supported by the editorial staff at the time of its original publication does not become improper with the passage of time. That policy is based upon the advice of the Student Press Law Center, an organization that exists to address and serve the legal needs of the student press nationwide.