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The Lantern is the name of the student-published university newspaper at The Ohio State Universitymarker. It is one of the largest campus newspapers in the United Statesmarker.


The paper was chartered in 1881 and became an integral part of the School of Journalism in 1914. At one time in the past, with a circulation of 28,000 papers during the regular school year and readership of 75,000, it was the third largest college newspaper in the country.The Lantern is a laboratory paper that is put together daily by students in the newsroom of the Journalism Building. There are 14 paid editors who change after completion of academic quarters. The business side of the newspaper is operated by 15 full time employees and 5-7 student Account Executives responsible for advertising sales.

The Lantern is now facing several serious problems.

It is projected to lose more than $150,000 in 2008, according to School of Communication officials. In efforts to prevent further losses, the school decided to suspend the summer printing of The Lantern. Summer quarter issues continue to be published on the paper's Web site. The summer of 2009, articles were updated no more than one a week.

The student newspaper was also forced to cut circulation down to about 15,000.

In the past 5 years, The Lantern has gone through seven different advisers. As of Fall 2009, The Lantern will cease publishing on Fridays in an effort to save money.

Notable alumni


  1. Richard Oviatt, Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr. talks past, future, The Lantern, February 12, 2009, Accessed February 14, 2009.

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