“Comping” The Crimson
If you are a Harvard College student, you are eligible to join, or “comp,” any of The Crimson’s 10 boards: News, Business, Editorial, Arts, Blog, Design (including Print Design, Web Design, and Illustration), Magazine, Multimedia, Sports, and Technology. Students may comp in both the fall and spring. Please visit our comp website for more information or click here to sign up for information on the Spring 2021 comp.
What We Print
The Harvard Crimson is the only breakfast-table daily newspaper in Cambridge, Mass. The Crimson publishes every morning, Monday through Friday, except on federal and University holidays. In addition to the daily newspaper, The Crimson publishes an arts section on Tuesdays and Fridays as well as Fifteen Minutes, the weekend magazine of The Crimson, on Thursdays. Our presses are also available for third-party contract printing. Call (617) 576-6600 for more information.
History of The Crimson
The Harvard Crimson, the nation's oldest continuously published daily college newspaper, was founded in 1873 and incorporated in 1967. The newspaper traces its history to the first issue of “The Magenta,” published on Jan. 24, 1873, and changed its name to “The Crimson” to reflect the new color of the College on May 21, 1875. The Crimson has a rich tradition of journalistic integrity and counts among its ranks of editorship some of America's greatest journalists. Over 25 Crimson alumni have won the Pulitzer Prize; many of their portraits line the walls of The Crimson.
The Crimson is proud of its legacy of alumni active in journalism, business, public service, and politics. Past editors include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Class of 1904, John F. Kennedy ’40, J. Anthony Lewis ’48, David Halberstam ’55, Michael Crichton ’64, Don Graham ’65, Linda Greenhouse ’68, Steve Ballmer ’77, Jim Cramer ’77, Mark Whitaker ’79, Susan Chira ’80, and Jeff Zucker ’86. One hundred and forty-four years after its founding, having grown from a fortnightly newspaper to a daily, The Harvard Crimson continues to flourish with a strong body of undergraduate staff volunteers.
What should I do if The Crimson makes a mistake in a story?
The Harvard Crimson is committed to accuracy in its reporting. In the event that we make a mistake, we are eager to correct the error. When a correction is necessary, it will run in a corrections box on page two. Please email Managing Editor James S. Bikales ’22 (firstname.lastname@example.org) about corrections. For errors in editorial content, please contact Editorial Chairs Hana M. Kiros ’22 and Chloe A. Shawah ’22 (email@example.com).