College of Communication

The Butler Collegian

The Butler Collegian is constantly pushing the boundaries of news reporting, design and online content by striving to keep up with innovation within the industry.

Established in 1886, the newspaper's award-winning print edition reflects a modern-day Collegian while still maintaining the paper's historical character. A nationally recognized student newspaper, The Butler Collegian was named the nation's Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper (small) for 2012 by the Society of Professional Journalists and earned the highest national award given to student publications, The Pacemaker, in 2011. For the last two consecutive years (2011 and 2012), The Collegian was selected as the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper in region 5 (Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois) by the Society of Professional Journalists and Division II Newspaper of the Year by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association. In 2011 and 2012, the paper earned more than 80 state, regional and national awards for its campus coverage, including more than 30 first place awards.

The newspaper's online counterparts, The Butler Collegian Online and Collegian TV, feature interactive, specialized and constantly changing content, drawing in local, national and international readers. Its standout campus coverage has received numerous citations by College Media Matters, the leading student journalism industry blog.

During the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament, The Butler Collegian Online produced groundbreaking coverage of the Bulldogs' second consecutive historic run to the championship game.

While the paper's managing editor and multimedia editor covered the atmosphere on campus, a team of Collegian reporters traveled to both New Orleans and Houston to cover the tournament games, producing a wealth of game-day, feature and post-game stories, player and fan photo galleries, and video packages for the site.

The staff's implementation of Storify, a site that lets users create articles by implementing social media, was groundbreaking in the reporting of tournament coverage, as Storify was still operating in a private beta form at the time until its public launch in late April of 2011.

The online coverage of the championship season produced more than 26,000 page views on the site, along with prominent national news outlets excerpting stories written by Collegian staffers.

During the week of the championship game, The Collegian was excerpted in The Indianapolis Star, USA Today and CNN's iReport contacted The Collegian staff twice about running their game day coverage on the air.

The Collegian is produced by the student journalists of Butler University. Its staff is made up of writers and editors from many majors, including journalism. Each semester, The Collegian staff recruits new members-all Butler students are encouraged to apply.

Collegian staffers have completed or accepted internships at The Daily Oklahoman, NCAA, National Geographic magazine, The Hill Newspaper (Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin State Journal, Louisville Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Business Journal, Evansville Courier & Press, The Jasper Herald, The Elkhart Truth, The Jeffersonville News and Report and several other local and national outlets. In addition, they have completed investigative reporting workshops and their work has been published in national news outlets, including The New York Times.

Every Wednesday, 1,500 newspapers are distributed across campus and another 120 are mailed out by subscription. The online version of the The Collegian is updated daily and received an average of 9,500 unique visits per month in the spring of 2011.