The Johns Hopkins News-Letter is the independent student newspaper of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. Published since 1896, it is one of the nation's oldest continuously published, weekly student-run college newspapers.
The News-Letter is published every Thursday in a full-color front and back page broadsheet format, and has two sections: an A section and a B section. Its total circulation is approximately 5,200, including the local campuses of Johns Hopkins, area colleges and the greater Baltimore region.
The News-Letter won a Associated Collegiate Press Newspaper Pacemaker award for four-year, non-daily college newspapers in 2007, and has won and been nominated for the Pacemaker in previous years.
In 1889, when some believed the university would be better without a student newspaper of any kind, the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins University prohibited the creation of any student publication without the board's written permission. Seven years later, James M. Thomson '1897 and Edgeworth Smith '98, petitioned Academic Council to allow publication of four trial issues of a fortnightly periodical to be called The Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Its aim, at a pricey 15 cents an issue, would be to report on local events and provide a forum for students who wished to publish opinion pieces. Eventually, and reluctantly, the board acquiesced, "provided that the plan be carried out in a manner satisfactory to the President.
As Editor of the Cartoon/Humor section I will be posting all comics, cartoons, and artwork on this account as a way to archive the contents of the Cartoon section.