News for Alumni

Print frequency changes: A message from board chair Scott McCartney ‘82

Fall 2018

I want to let you know of a big change at The Chronicle: The board of Duke Student Publishing Co. has decided to reduce print frequency of the paper this fall to two days a week instead of three. This move is a reflection of the growth of The Chronicle’s online presence, both for readers and for advertisers. As a news source, The Chronicle is still very much a seven-day operation, with stories being published as they break.

The mission of The Chronicle hasn’t changed; what’s changing is how we deliver it. Reducing print frequency is a shock to those of us who dispatched news from 3rd Floor Flowers by the bundle. But it actually is a sign of the modern news organization’s vibrancy. To those of you with teens and young adults, it should be obvious that people are getting more of their information off their phones and other screens.

Our digital advertising and readership is growing, and the board is hard at work preparing for a day when The Chronicle may be solely a digital presence on campus. This is a difficult but exciting transition, reflecting the same changes and pressures many media institutions face. In college media, The Chronicle is a leader in digital transformation – carefully managing our resources to make sure there is always an independent student news presence on campus.

I also wanted to thank you for the extremely important and significant financial support that has given us the strength to make this transition. With your help, DSPC had another break-even fiscal year ending June 30—our eighth in a row. Your contributions, both to our annual fund and our capital campaign, allow us to invest in the new technology we need, launch new projects that generate revenue and continue to fund great internship and reporting experiences for Chronicle staff.

We will continue to need your support as we invest in new technologies and test new revenue opportunities while maintaining The Chronicle’s journalistic values of accuracy and integrity. We hope we can count on you through this transformation, just as the Duke community continues to rely on an independent, strong and vital source of news and information.


Meet Our New Editor

Breanna Bradham elected Chronicle V. 114 editor-in-chief Shagun Vashisth | 02/11/2018

Sophomore Breanna Bradham was elected as the editor-in-chief of The Chronicle’s 114th volume. In an staff-wide election Friday evening, members of the student newspaper chose Bradham to succeed junior Likhitha Butchireddygari as editor of The Chronicle and president of the Duke Student Publishing Company, Inc., the publisher of the independent, student-run daily newspaper.

Bradham—a political science major with a minor in history and a certificate in policy journalism and media studies—who currently heads the local and national department, will begin her one-year term April 25.

“I think The Chronicle is one of the most dynamic groups on campus, and I’m really proud of the work that we do,” Bradham said. “To really put my heart into it is really exciting, and to have a chance to work with everybody is an opportunity I’m really enthusiastic about.”

As editor, the Manning, S.C. native hopes to focus primarily on increasing interdepartmental communication, special skill building and recruitment and retention of staff members.

“The main goal is to create more interdepartmental collaboration culture, create project-based teams and do training across the departments so people feel comfortable reaching out to other staff members to pursue projects,” Bradham said.

Bradham also aims to increase engagement with the newspaper’s audience and the larger Duke community. She additionally hopes to create more audio and video products.

Butchireddygari noted her enthusiasm for Bradham’s qualifications.

“Bre is uniquely qualified to be The Chronicle’s next leader because of her commitment and her vast experience in different parts of the organization,” Butchireddygari said. “She’s so passionate about ensuring The Chronicle’s success both in its presence on campus as a print organization and its digital growth.”

Junior Kenrick Cai, who currently serves as news editor, cited Bradham’s dedication to The Chronicle in saying that she is the ideal person for the job.

“One of Bre's greatest assets is her expansive knowledge of the inner workings both of The Chronicle itself and of the University as a whole,” Cai said. “In her two years at The Chronicle, she’s developed a strong understanding of and deep connections with members of the Duke and Durham community.”

Senior Sanjeev Dasgupta, who currently serves as sports photography editor, emphasized Bradham’s time in the photography department as an asset.

“Often people who become the editor-in-chief come from one particular department in the organization, and that presents a great barrier for them to cross in their first few months, because they have to understand how each individual department in The Chronicle works,” Dasgupta said. “The fact that she has continuous involvement in the photo department and in the news department, and has even written for sports means that she has a breadth of experience that is very rare for any candidate coming into this position.”

Bradham noted that her time across The Chronicle has given her an appreciation of the hard work each department puts in and has fostered a desire to pursue collaborations between the departments. “I think each department has a lot to learn from the others. I really hope to collaborate and capitalize on that,” she said.

Digitizing The Chronicle Print Archives - 2000-2009 is complete!

Online Resource Now Available from 1959-1989 and 2000-Present

The Chronicle staff has recently completed digitizing the newspaper’s print editions from 2000-2009 with the support and leadership of Chronicle alumnus Harsha Murthy, '81. With this phase of the digitization complete, all issues of The Chronicle from 1959-1989 and 2000-2009 can be retrieved and searched online. These archives will be a huge resource and benefit to Duke students (including current Chronicle staffers who need background or historical information while preparing stories), Duke alumni, journalists, historians and others interested in the story of Duke University.

The digitized issues from 2009-present can be found on The Chronicle’s primary Issuu site:

The digitized issues from 2000-2009 can be found on The Chronicle’s Archive Issuu site:

The digitized Chronicle issues from 1905-1989 can be found on the Duke Library’s site: