Founded in 1973 after New York University’s University Heights and Washington Square campuses merged, Washington Square News delivers news daily to thousands of readers around NYU’s Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses, Greenwich Village, Brooklyn Heights, NYU’s 12 global campuses and beyond. Content is published five days a week during the academic year, as well as in a weekly print edition, and offers news, culture, arts, editorial, sports coverage, photos and videos from around campus and New York City, in conjunction with our magazine, Under the Arch.
Our organization is run by NYU undergraduates. Washington Square News is fueled by students with a diverse array of interests such as reporting, writing, editing, coding, photography, video production, design, illustration and business.
For general comments and questions about Washington Square News, you can contact the editor-in-chief, managing editor and deputy managing editor(s) at [email protected]. For editorial questions or concerns, email [email protected]. For business and advertising related questions or concerns, email [email protected].
Editorial hours are after 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and after 12 p.m. on Sundays. Business’ hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
We are located in the C3 Level of NYU’s Third Avenue North Residence Hall in the North Tower.
Mail: 75 Third Ave., #SB07, New York, NY 10003
General: (212) 998-4302
In the age of mistrust in media, we believe it is more important than ever to be as transparent as possible with our readers. To that end, we’re laying out the ethical guidelines we abide by.
Our independence is our publication’s most valuable asset. WSN is routinely critical of NYU and its leaders and our best stories are ones those in power would prefer the public not see. All editorial decisions are made by students. Neither NYU nor any of its employees have the ability to censor or review anything we publish. All staff members and writers are NYU undergraduate or graduate students unless otherwise noted. Center for Student Life Assistant Director Nanci Healy acts as the advisor to WSN. She performs administrative tasks, processes advertising revenue, aids with emergency management and assists with outlining and executing the newspaper’s budget.
Relationship with NYU
Despite our complete editorial independence, WSN still has a relationship with NYU. The university provides us with office space, free of charge, and has funded revenue shortfalls in the past. NYU also originally gifted WSN the desktops that are used by the newspaper’s staff; however, the university does not pay for any technological services or repairs. We will be financially independent of NYU in the 2019 fiscal year.
WSN requires its staff and writers to behave in a professional manner and adhere to industry-standard guidelines for reporting. We seek to find the truth and report it while minimizing the risk of harm, protecting sources and striving for honesty and accuracy in what we publish. We use the Society for Professional Journalists code of ethics as a baseline.
Corrections and Updates
Sometimes we get things wrong, despite our best efforts. WSN will correct articles as soon as possible and provide updated information whenever possible. If you believe that we have made a mistake, send us an email at [email protected].
All corrections and updates will be clearly marked at the bottom of an article.
Advertising/Business and Editorial Relationship
The editorial and business teams are completely separate. The editorial team has no say or sway in what advertisements run on the website or in print — and is not notified in advance of what advertisements will be running and whom they are from. Hence, advertisements in no way represent the views of the newspaper’s editorial team. All paid content, including a new push for sponsored content, is explicitly marked as paid advertising. The editorial team is not involved with this process in any way. Likewise, the business team is not involved with the work done by the newspaper’s editorial team.
The business team is financed by the newspaper’s revenue.
Washington Square News welcomes those who are currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at NYU to join our publication. Those interested in joining begin as contributing writers and can then apply to be staff writers. Interested students can attend pitch meetings for more than one section, and writers are able to contribute to multiple sections simultaneously (with the exception of News and Opinion).
We host open houses at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters in our office for all those interested in joining. Check our Join page for open house details and further details on how to join. If you are unable to make any of the dates or have any general questions, please contact us at [email protected].
Submissions: Tips, Op-eds, Letters to the Editor
Tips: Email us at [email protected].
Op-Eds: WSN welcomes op-eds from members of the NYU community and those affiliated with the university and its surrounding neighbors in Greenwich Village. What should an op-ed be, how long, warn of editing. Please note that upon publication, either online or in print, any op-ed piece becomes the property of Washington Square News. Op-eds should be no longer than 800 words. Here are basic guidelines for a WSN opinion article. Email submissions to [email protected].
Letters to the Editor: A letter to the editor should be no longer than 400 words and must refer to a piece published in Washington Square News. Please note that upon publication, either online or in print, any op-ed piece becomes the property of Washington Square News. Submit letters to [email protected].
Comments are approved by the WSN management team prior to publishing live on the site. Comments are only not approved if the message is bigoted, unjustifiably targeted toward a certain individual/group or spam content. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Advertise With Us
Interested in advertising with the Washington Square News in print or on nyunews.com? Contact our sales team at [email protected] or by phone at (212) 995-3791. Our office is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Though much of WSN’s recent content is archived online, the newspaper does have physical archives dating back to 1977. If you want to access the archives that aren’t available online, contact the editor at [email protected].
Reprint/Reuse Rights and Permissions
If you are interested in re-publishing WSN’s content, please contact our staff at [email protected].
The advisory board is a resource for WSN throughout the academic year and oversees the selection of the editor-in-chief and business manager.
Yvonne Latty, Professor of Journalism at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism
Meredith Broussard, Professor of Journalism at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism
Nanci Healy, Assistant Director of NYU’s Center for Student Life
Sakshi Venkatraman, Editor-in-Chief
Brian Christensen Zapiecki, Business Manager
Rachel Holliday Smith is our editorial advisor.