Fall 2004 Bruin Walk
editor Lisa Bonos (left)
checks a recent issue with design
director Lisa Dracolakis.
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departments have largely disappeared from the UC landscape,
replaced by broader-themed media and communications majors.
But at UCLA, aspiring newshounds can get a first-rate journalism
education the hard-knocks way — at the Daily Bruin.
Daily Bruin staffers
— toiling in a cluttered warren of cubicles in Kerckhoff
Hall — produce a five-day-a-week paper so professional
in content and appearance that many readers are unaware it is
put together entirely by students.
The hard work was recently
rewarded with a slew of prestigious awards: nation's best all-around
student paper from the Society of Professional Journalists;
best paper at a four-year university from the California Newspaper
Publishers Association (CNPA); and first place among four-year
university broadsheets from the Associated Collegiate Press.
The California College Media Association awarded the Daily
Bruin first place in general excellence, news, sports and
opinion, and for its arts and entertainment and dB Magazine
UCLA “is practicing some
serious, high-quality journalism in the Daily Bruin,”
the CNPA judges remarked. “I’m really proud,”
says 2004-’05 editor-in-chief Tyson Evans, who got hooked
on journalism at his high school paper in St. Joseph, Mo. “The
Daily Bruin has really been put on the map with these
The Daily Bruin began
life as the Cub Californian in 1919, adopting its current
moniker in 1948. In 2002, editors abandoned the black-and-white
tabloid format in favor of a color broadsheet, giving the paper
a closer resemblance to its commercial counterparts. Alumni
include three Pulitzer Prize winners and a Nobel laureate, the
late civil rights leader and UN under-secretary general Ralph
Staffers complain about the
long hours and lousy pay; the paper isn’t put to bed until
after midnight and the pay — for those who get any at
all — works out to less than minimum wage. But something
— probably not the microwave popcorn smell and the spill
stains on the office couch — keeps staffers coming back.
“It’s nice when
you can pick up the paper in the morning and see something you
wrote and go, ‘Hey, I did that,’” says Andrew
Finley, the assistant sports editor.
by Anne Burke