Daily Vanguard

The Daily Vanguard
The October 22, 2009, front page of
The Daily Vanguard
Type Daily student newspaper [1]
Format Tabloid
Publisher Portland State University Publications Board
Editor Joshua Hunt
Founded 1946
Headquarters Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97201
United States
Circulation 5,000
Official website http://www.psuvanguard.com

The Daily Vanguard is an independent student newspaper for Portland State University[2]. The newspaper is now generally referred to as simply the Vanguard.



The tabloid format newspaper has a circulation of 5,000, and is distributed for free in and around the Portland State campus area. Until fall 2010 it was published Tuesday through Friday during the academic year, and once a week during the summer. Tuesday, Friday and summer issues were 12 pages, while Wednesday and Thursday issues were eight. Beginning Sept. 28 the Vanguard began publishing two 16-page issues twice per week on Tuesdays and Fridays due to budget cuts. Exclusively online stories are also released every Tuesday evening.

The Vanguard is composed of four sections: News, Opinion, Arts & Culture and Sports. The news section provides coverage of significant events relating to the university, administration, student government and the city of Portland. The opinion section offers a variety of views on local and national news and politics and provides a forum of discussion and debate for students and faculty. Arts & Culture covers arts, entertainment and popular culture around campus and Portland. The sports section provides coverage of Portland State athletics teams, campus recreation and student-run recreational clubs.

The newspaper's approximately $300,000 annual operating budget is funded in part through student fees and in part through advertising revenue.[3] The Vanguard does have a delivery circulation service available for $.25 per issue[4].

The Portland State University Student Publications Board, which consists of four students, four faculty members, and one community member, acts as the Vanguard's publishing body. The board hires the Vanguard's editor-in-chief at the end of each academic year and the remainder of the editorial staff is hired by the editor-in-chief. Editors serve a term of one academic year, beginning and ending in June.


The Vanguard is entirely student run, employing about 60 paid student writers, photographers, graphic designers and section editors. Student employees are paid either via an hourly wage, or per contribution.

The current editor-in-chief is Virginia Vickery. The Vanguard's editorial adviser is Judson Randall, a former editor at The Oregonian.

Positions 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Editor in Chief David Holley Nathan Hellman Sarah J. Christensen Virginia Vickery
Managing Editor Ed Johnson N/A N/A N/A
Online Editor(s) Stover E. Harger III Melinda Bardon Zach Chastaine Adiana Lizarraga
News Editor(s) Stover E. Harger III Steve Haske, Owen Smith Danielle Kulczyk, Virginia Vickery Corie Charnley
Arts&Culture Editor(s) Ed Johnson Shane Danaher Theodora Karatzas Nicholas Kula
Sports Editor(s) Nathan Hellman Skyler Archibald Robert Britt Robert Britt, Kevin Fong
Opinion Editor(s) Katie Kotsovos Carly Nairn Richard D. Oxley Richard D. Oxley
Photo Editor(s) Eva Schifter Marni Cohen Marni Cohen Adam Wickham
Copy Chief(s) Mellisa Shore Katie Kotsovos Jennifer Wolff, Robert Seitzinger Kristin Pugmire
Production Manager(s) Michaele Cooper Jason Chastain Shannon Vincent Bryan Morgan
Advertising Emily Murphy Cody Brockett Matt Kirtley, Jae Specht Iris Meyers
Advertising Adviser Ann Roman
Editorial Adviser Judson Randall


Established in 1946, the Vanguard was originally the newspaper of the Vanport College Extension in Vanport, Oregon, from which the Vanguard name is derived. The Vanport College Extension relocated to downtown Portland, Oregon after it was destroyed by a flood on May 30, 1948, and eventually became Portland State College before becoming Portland State University.

The newspaper's first issue was published by founding editor Don Carlo, a blind military veteran, on November 16, 1946, under the temporary nameplate "Vet's Extended". The first article on the front page was a story covering the student council elections. The first editorial was titled "The Spirit of a Student Body," and declared:

"We, as students, are helping to start a new idea for colleges. For it is true that there was no school here before, and it is also true that this organization was only started to alleviate the congestion created by the emergency....and though the only romantic thing around here is the cinder path from Portland to Oregon Halls, we do have the proper shift of....a University. But even without all of the atmospheric attributes, we have within us the insatiable search for knowledge that was born while waiting for the end of the war. Many of us waited years so that we might have an opportunity to attend such a school." [5]

After the alternative names of "Stooge" and "Aspect" were rejected, the name was changed to "Vanguard" beginning January 14, 1947 at the counsel of the paper's first faculty adviser, Vaughn Albertson of the English Department .

The Vanguard originally published weekly on Wednesday afternoons and featured only text. In November of 1953, production day was changed to Friday, and the first photograph appeared in the January 28, 1954 edition.

In early 1967, the Vanguard went on strike in objection to salary and budget cuts imposed by faculty members in the dean of students office, which maintained financial control over the paper at that time. In spring term of 1967 the editorial staff announced the paper would not publish until certain conditions were met, including an audit of the paper's finances by an accountant from the college's business office, the positioning of the paper completely under the Publications Board and a demand that the dean of students relinquish all responsibility for all publications.[6] The strike ended after the first week of spring term, with the paper missing only one week of production, and production was then increased to twice-weekly.[7]

The May 19, 1967 cover of the Vanguard featuring a nude Allen Ginsberg.
A nude Allen Ginsberg on the cover of the Vanguard.

On May 19, 1967 The Vanguard published a nude photograph of beat poet Allen Ginsberg on its front page. The photo prompted college President Branford P. Millar to order that publication of the newspaper be suspended on May 24, 1967, calling the Ginsberg photo "vulgar." The Vanguard published the following Wednesday, May 31, and Friday, June 2, as the Independent Vanguard. The cost of publication was covered by donations from faculty members, whose support was led by Donald R. Moor of the Philosophy Department.[8]

During the 1990-91 academic year, the Vanguard changed its publication schedule from twice-weekly to four days a week.[9]

On October 18, 2005, the Vanguard published an opinion article titled "A city divided: Religious disputes over Jerusalem require diplomacy" by Caelan MacTavish that addressed the religious divide over Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The article immediately attraction the attention of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, and the group contacted the paper to voice its concern and request an apology. By October 27, the article was removed from the Vanguard Web site and replaced it with an editor's note explaining that, after review, the story did not meet the paper's editorial standards.

On October 28, the paper ran an editorial stating that "the column was not given as much editorial attention as it deserved, and realizes in retrospect that the column simply should not have been published....The column neither contributes to educated debate on the subject matter nor provides any insight into the issue that it ostensibly addresses."[10]

By the winter of 2008, the Vanguard was publishing a Twitter feed and maintaining a Facebook site to participate in the expanding trend of social media sites.


The newspaper and its staff have won several collegiate journalism awards, including the General Excellence Award from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Circle Award.

Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Awards[11] [12] [13]

  • General Excellence (2004, 2011)
  • Best Special Section (2009, 2011)
  • Best Headline Writing (2008, 2011)
  • Best Writing (2009, 2011)
  • Best News Story (2004)
  • Best Series (2008)
  • Best Feature Story (2009)
  • Best Editorial (2004, 2009)
  • Best Sports Story (2009)
  • Best Review (2008, 2009)
  • Best Spot News Photo (2009)
  • Best Feature Photo (2008)
  • Best Photography (2009)
  • Best Cartooning (2008)
  • Best House Ad (2008, 2009)
  • Best Web Site (2009)
  • College Ad of the Year (2004)


  1. ^ http://issuu.com/dailyvanguard/docs/2009.12.04
  2. ^ http://www.studentpublications.pdx.edu/charterget.htm
  3. ^ Student Publications FY2004 Results http://www.studentpublications.pdx.edu/f02perf0630.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.dailyvanguard.com/about-the-vanguard-contact-us-1.219760
  5. ^ Dodds,Gordon B. The College That Would Not Die: The First Fifty Years of Portland State University 1946-1996 Oregon Historical Society Press, 2000 ISBN 0875952747
  6. ^ Vanguard, 8 March 1967
  7. ^ Vanguard, 5 April 1967
  8. ^ Independent Vanguard, 31 May 1967
  9. ^ Dodds,Gordon B. The College That Would Not Die: The First Fifty Years of Portland State University 1946-1996 Oregon Historical Society Press, 2000 ISBN 0875952747
  10. ^ CAMERA: Student editors apologize http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=182&x_article=1006
  11. ^ 2009 ONPA Collegiate Newspaper Results http://www.orenews.com/Contests/2009/cnc/
  12. ^ 2008 ONPA Collegiate Newspaper Results http://www.orenews.com/Contests/2008/cnc/
  13. ^ 2004 ONPA Collegiate Newspaper Results http://www.oregonnewspapers.org/Contests/2004/cnc/

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