Who We Are
The Minnesota Daily is a student-led media organization serving the University of Minnesota campus and surrounding community. The organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, but classified as a student organization. The print publication is distributed twice per week during the fall and spring semesters and once per week during the summer semester. Content is also published on mndaily.com and updated regularly as news happens. The Daily employs more than 150 University of Minnesota students each year and acts as a training institution, giving them hands-on training in areas such as journalism, multimedia, photography, finance, marketing, human resources, information systems, and more.
1. Provide independent student journalism and comprehensive coverage of news, media and events that serve the public interest and inform the University of Minnesota community.
2. Offer a forum for the free exchange of ideas and civil debate for the members of the University community.
3. Train University students to professional standards, teach best practices and operate an ethical organization in all areas of journalism and the media industry.
4. Operate a fiscally-responsible organization that ensures its viability as an independent student media company that continually serves the University community.
In 1877, 15 seniors and 26 juniors launched the publishing of a monthly literary magazine entitled The Ariel. The students wanted to provide a forum for student individuality and keep the public informed on the growth of the University of Minnesota. In 1900, The Ariel began printing daily and was renamed the Minnesota Daily. The daily printing schedule was in response to a competing publication, The Football. After a few months of a daily printing schedule, the Minnesota Daily combined itself with The Minnesota Daily News, another competitor within the campus community.
Since its origin, the Minnesota Daily has been a force for change on the University of Minnesota campus. The Minnesota Daily has covered many big events, including the end of compulsory military drills, the beginning of women's suffrage, and campus riots. The Minnesota Daily believes in the power of the press to bring about change. Since its beginning, the Minnesota Daily has been at the forefront of technological advancements, and it was among the first college newspapers in the country to be available online. Notable alumni of the Minnesota Daily include Steve Sack, Harry Reasoner, Ka Vang, Roy Wilkins, Henry Fonda and Chris Ison.
Today, the Minnesota Daily is entirely student-run, with the guidance of a general manager and the governance of its Board of Directors. It operates independently from the University as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, but maintains status as a student organization.
Editor in Chief & Chief Student Director
Kelly Busche | Contact
Business Operations Officer & Chief Student Director
Genevieve Locke | Contact
General Manager & Executive Director
Charlie Weaver | Contact
Board of Directors
Advisor - Office of Student Affairs
Director - Alumnus with Editorial Experience
Director - Alumnus with Finance Experience & Treasurer
Director - Brand Strategist
Director - Newspaper Professional
Director - Digital Media Professional & Secretary
Director - Student Training Expertise & SJMC Faculty Member & Board Chair
Director - Supply Chain & Operations Faculty
Director - Multimedia News Professional
Business Operations Officer