The Daily Beacon is the campus newspaper serving the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus and surrounding community. The paper is editorially independent and is entirely student written, produced and managed. The Daily Beacon is published Monday through Friday during the fall and spring academic terms and twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday) during the summer sessions; plus content is published daily on our website, www.utdailybeacon.com. The paper is free of charge as it is mainly supported by advertising.
The Daily Beacon has a distribution of 10,000 per day during the school year; 5,000 during the summer. Our office is located at 5 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. That led to the establishment of The Daily Beacon in the spring of 1967, successor to The Orange and White. An initial publishing schedule of four issues per week was soon expanded to five days and continues uninterrupted to the present. Publication of a student newspaper is one of the oldest traditions at the University of Tennessee.