The Diamondback is the independent student-run newspaper at the University of Maryland. The Diamondback is updated online daily and can be accessed at dbknews.com. In print, it is published weekly on Thursday and is available at dozens of locations throughout the campus and around College Park.
Originally published in 1909 as The Triangle, it was renamed in 1920 to honor the school's mascot. The first editor was Millard E. Tydings, who later became a U.S. congressman.
The newspaper gained independence from the university in 1971 after the university administration and state legislators opposed pornographic content that ran in another campus publication, the Argus. The Board of Regents approved a plan to cut financial ties with campus publications by incorporating them and thus, removing the university's responsibility as publisher. When the SGA stopped funding the newspaper through the student activities fee, Maryland Media Inc. was created to fund The Diamondback.
The Diamondback — which has a print circulation of 9,000 — covers a range of issues relevant to students, including campus life, the administration, university sports teams, and the city of College Park. The newsroom is located on the third floor of the South Campus Dining Hall.
Notable alumni include ESPN columnist Norman Chad, author Jeff Kinney, author and creator of "The Wire" David Simon and Washington Post managing editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz. Former staff members have gone on to work at a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the New York Daily News, Politico and The Baltimore Sun.
Digitized versions of The Diamondback from 1910 to 1998, provided by University Libraries and University Archives, can be viewed in a searchable database here