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The Daily Tar Heel is the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The non-profit organization, which incorporated in 1989 as a separate legal entity from UNC, stopped taking student fees in 1993 and has since been fully funded by its advertising revenue, thus making it both fiscally and editorially independent. The student journalists are solely responsible for all content under the direction of the student editor-in-chief. The 2013-14 editor-in-chief is Nicole Comparato. The paper’s business operations are governed by a 12-member, student majority board of directors whose open slots are filled by the board each spring for the next year.
The paper circulates 17,000 free copies each publishing day during the regular academic year to 215 distribution locations throughout campus, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Chatham and Durham, making it the largest community newspaper in the area with an estimated daily readership of 38,000. It publishes weekly on Thursdays during the summer sessions.
The editor-in-chief oversees the newsroom operations and is ultimately responsible for all news and opinion content. He serves as the public face of the paper. The editor also hires the rest of the newsroom staff, which includes the managing editor, online editor, the opinion editor, and editors for each of the newsroom’s 14 section desks. The editor is selected each April by an independent 11-member selection board generated by the board of directors for just that purpose.
The student advertising manager and her staff of about 25 are responsible for all advertising sales under the direction of the non-student advertising director.
Six full-time professionals are employed in various support functions. At the height of the school year, there are some 80 paid part-time student employees in news, advertising, customer service and production functions and another 150 or more student volunteers.
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Notable alumni include Charles Kuralt, Lou Harris, Jonathan Yardley, Peter Gammons, Cole Campbell, Peter Wallsten, Mary Junck, Thannasis Cambanis, Rolfe Neill, Hugh Stevens, Larry Keith, Thomas Wolfe, Walter Spearman, Susan Miller Fulton, Alan Murray, Edwin Yoder, Karen Jurgensen, Justin Williams of Turner Sports, Jonathan Daniels and many others.
The DTH is one of the most decorated college newspapers in the country, winning numerous Associated Collegiate Press Pacemakers and SPJ Mark of Excellence awards in addition to being recognized for four straight years as having the most outstanding business and advertising staff in the country. In 2011 it became the first collegiate newspaper in the state to be recognized against its commercial peers by winning a 2nd place general excellence award in its N.C. Press Association division.