The Santa Clara is Santa Clara University’s official weekly student newspaper first founded on February 22, 1922. Santa Clara University students edit, write and produce all content in both the print and online versions of publication. We have a circulation of 1,100.
The Santa Clara is published every Thursday for the first eight weeks of every academic quarter, for a total of twenty-four issues per academic year.
We do not publish print content during holidays, examination periods and academic recesses.
Frequently asked questions
How large is your staff? Our staff consists of about 30 undergraduates who work as reporters, section editors, copy editors, photographers, page designers and distributors.
How much content does the university require you to print each week?
None. The Santa Clara is virtually editorially independent from Santa Clara University. Although the newspaper receives funding from the university, student editors make all editorial decisions. Gordon Young, a senior lecturer in the Santa Clara University Communications Department, advises the editorial board. He is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in various publications including The New York Times and Slate.
How can I get involved in The Santa Clara? Whether you love to report, blog or take pictures, The Santa Clara has a spot for you. As we expand both our print and digital platforms, we seek students who want to look at journalism with a fresh perspective and convey content in a variety of ways. Working for The Santa Clara is an awesome opportunity to get involved, be creative and have a great time. Apply Here.
What awards has this newspaper won?
- Pacemaker awards: 2004 and 1995 (The Pacemaker is the top award given in collegiate journalism. About 25 other college newspapers nationwide, both weekly and daily, received this award.)
- Online Pacemaker award: 2006.
- Pacemaker finalist in 2006, 2005, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996 and 1995
- Region 11 Mark of Excellence awards, Society of Professional Journalists: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2001 (including 2nd place all-around non-daily newspaper and awards for general news and online reporting)
- Best of the ‘Net award, Associated Collegiate Press, 1996
- 1st place, general excellence, California Collegiate Media Association, 2006
- 2nd-place general excellence, California Newspaper Publisher’s Association, 2000, 2007
- Award of Excellence in Newspaper Design, University of Missouri School of Journalism, 1996
But, of course, we do this because we love the grueling hours we put in each week in the Benson basement.
Our letters policy
The Santa Clara welcomes e-mail and letters to the editor from its readers. Letters can be delivered to the Benson Memorial Center room 13, mailed to Box 3190 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions must include major and year of graduation and/or job title and relation to the university, and a phone number for verification. Letters should not exceed 250 words. Those exceeding the word limit may be considered as publication as an article or in some other form.
The Santa Clara reserves the right to edit letters for grammar and clarity, or to shorten letters to fit the allocated space. Because of the volume of letters we receive at times, we cannot guarantee that your letter will run. All letter submissions become property of The Santa Clara.
The deadline for publication in Thursday’s edition is the prior Sunday. Article comments on www.thesantaclara.com can be posted by anyone, including those unaffiliated with Santa Clara University. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the opinions of The Santa Clara or Santa Clara University.
The Santa Clara reserves the right to delete comments at its discretion, and comments with profanity, personal attacks, threats of violence, or those that violate the law or common decency will be deleted. Nothing on the opinion pages necessarily represents a position of Santa Clara University. Letters, columns and graphics represent only the views of their authors.