The Harvard Crimson

The Harvard Crimson is the student newspaper at Harvard University. More than just a shade of red, The Crimson is fully student-operated and published daily. It gives news on Harvard University and the world beyond. Harvard Crimson

History of The Harvard Crimson

The Harvard Crimson was founded in 1873. It is one of the oldest college newspapers in the country.

Save this fact for trivia night: originally, The Crimson was named The Magenta. Way back when, Harvard’s school color was magenta because there weren’t any crimson uniforms for Harvard’s sports teams. In May of 1875, the school voted to change its color to crimson and the name of the newspaper changed as well.

The Harvard Crimson – Going to Press

The Harvard Crimson provides daily reports on admissions at Harvard University, the media, local and world news, and sports, as well as a variety of opinion pieces. There is a fun section called Flyby, which is a blog published by The Crimson that focuses more on Harvard student life.

In addition to the daily news, The Crimson includes a section about the arts every Tuesday and publishes the weekend magazine, Fifteen Minutes, every Thursday.

Previous Editors of The Harvard Crimson

The Harvard Crimson has had several famous editors on the newspaper staff. The list includes Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Class of 1904), John F. Kennedy (1940), Michael Crichton (1964), and Steve Ballmer (1977). Today, every editorship is held by a junior or senior student at Harvard University.

The Harvard Crimson Online

Check out this video by The Harvard Crimson’s Roving Reporter for their blog Flyby. The question posed to Harvard University students: What would students want to have been built in front of the campus Science Center?

Contact The Harvard Crimson

If you are looking for more information about The Harvard Crimson, contact the Newsroom at (617) 576-6565 or the Business Office at (617) 576-6600.

Look the Part at The Harvard Crimson

Blend in with the staff in the newsroom! Click here to dress in your Harvard best.