The Need to Meet

The former managing editor of the Yale Daily News navigates the paper’s relationship with the African-American Cultural

The Yale Daily News building and the Afro-American Cultural Center share a walkway. The walk between the two takes fifty-six seconds. At second thirteen, you can no longer hear the grumbles of exhausted reporters, or the sounds of street traffic. At twenty-seven seconds in, asphalt becomes sidewalk beneath your feet. You step underneath a stone archway at second thirty, and a slight pivot to the right must be executed at second thirty-four, the point at which the addresses change from York Street to Park. A. . . Read more
Tyler Foggatt
Down to the Wire

The first commercial telephone switchboard was built in New Haven in 1878. Is there a future for the landline in its hometown?

January 28, 1878 stands out in Yale history as the birthday of the nation’s oldest college daily. That inaugural Yale Daily News—“justified by the dullness of the times and by the demand for news among us”—told Elis of local happenings—incoming Evangelicals, colleagues taking leave, tales of the female rowers from Wellesley College. (There were advertisements, too—“Merle, fashionable barber, the most liked of all by the students” was closed on Sundays, and 296 Chapel Street now sold Delmonico’s Cocoanut Cream.) That same day, city residents rang. . . Read more
Eleanor Kenyon
Covering Annie Le

How the media turned a campus tragedy into national news.

“One. Two. One-two-three-four.” Just after 8 p.m. on September 14, an amplified message cracked the silence of thousands of mourners gathered on Cross Campus to commemorate Annie Le MED ’13, whose body had been recovered the previous afternoon from the basement of 10 Amistad Street. Alongside the solemn addresses of Yale University President Richard Levin, University Chaplain Sharon Kugler, and Le’s roommate, Natalie Powers, emerged a parallel broadcast of “TESTING” messages, camera clicks, and the shuffling  of television crews from the loudspeakers. Undergraduate and graduate. . . Read more
Elsie Kenyon