The Diamondback is
the independent student newspaper
of the University of Maryland, College
It was founded in 1910 as The
and renamed in 1921 in honor of a local reptile, the
terrapin became the official school mascot in 1933). The newspaper
is published daily Monday through Friday during academic sessions
and once a week during the summer, with a print circulation of
17,000 and annual advertising revenues of more than $1 million.
Kevin Robillard is the current editor-in-chief of The
The paper's current independent status was originally intended as
punishment — the Board of Regents cut off student funding after
actions in 1971, when it ran two pages
blank in protest of campus censorship and placed tombstones on its
editorial page in protest of the Vietnam
The Diamondback is an affiliate of UWIRE
which distributes and promotes its content to their network.
is split into four sections:
- News - The news section
covers both on- and off-campus news,
specifically in the region of College Park, Maryland, but also expands coverage to Annapolis,
Maryland when the state's legislature is in
- Opinion - The editorial section contains
The Diamondback's editorial,
op-eds and letters to the editor, and editorial cartoons.
- Diversions - The entertainment section
contains reviews of movies and music, as well as concerts and plays
around the College Park region.
- Sports - The sports section covers University of Maryland
athletics, including men's basketball and football. This
section often has a combination of news and opinion articles.
The editorial page of The Diamondback
has a general stance
of free market Libertarianism
. This philosophy is seen in
its opposition to rent control
, opposition to
hikes and inclination for the university to
decrease reliance on public funding, and support of a resolution to
relax marijuana penalties on campus.
For the 2008-2009 school year, The Diamondback
second in the national Society of Professional
Mark of Excellence Awards ranking of daily student
newspapers. It received the first-place award for its region.
For the 2005-2006 school year, The Diamondback
Mark of Excellence award, placing 3rd nationally for Best
All-Around Daily Student Newspaper and placing first in its region
in the same category.
Notable journalists who worked at The Diamondback
- Jayson Blair (editor-in-chief in
1996), former journalist for The
New York Times. Blair achieved nationwide notoriety as a
journalist at the Times for having made serious reporting
errors plus plagiarizing and/or making up stories. A letter signed
by 30 former Diamondback staffers regarding the situation
with Blair also complained about the lack of involvement by the
board which owns the paper.
- Norman Chad (editor-in-chief in
1978), an ESPN columnist and World Series of Poker
- David Mills, a former
features writer for The
Washington Times and The Washington Post. Mills also
found success in Hollywood. He was a television writer for
NYPD Blue from 1995 to 1997. He
also wrote several episodes of Homicide: Life on the
Street and ER. In
2003, he created Kingpin, an NBC miniseries. He has
won two Emmy Awards.
Olesker, former columnist for the Baltimore Sun, commentator for WJZ-TV and writer
for the Baltimore
Examiner. He resigned from the Sun after
accusations of plagiarism.
- David Simon, author of
Year on the Killing Streets and The Corner. Based on his books, Simon later
created the TV series Homicide: Life on the
Street and The
Wire, as well as the mini-series, The
- Amicus brief in Rossignol v. Voorhaar
- Censoring the College Press
- Staff Editorial: Misplaced efforts
- Staff Editorial: Privatize Dining Services
- Editorial - Shelve the tax raise proposal
- Staff Editorial: Graduating to courageous
- Staff Editorial: Co-opted?