The Daily Nebraskan, established in 1871 as the Monthly Hesperian Student, is the student newspaper of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Although many journalism students work there, the Daily Nebraskan is independent of the University's College of Journalism and Mass Communications. The newspaper is entirely student-produced and managed. It has a longtime professional business manager, Dan Shattil.

The paper publishes every school day during the fall and spring semesters, with the exceptions of the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break and the last four days of finals week. It publishes weekly during summer sessions.

The newspaper covers campus and Lincoln-area news, along with arts, entertainment and sports. There is also an opinion page featuring student columnists.

The paper, once referred to as "The Rag", is now known as "The DN" to UNL students.

In 2008, another student newspaper, The Dailyer Nebraskan was launched. This bi-weekly publication features satirical news.


The Daily Nebraskan has had a number of different names throughout its existence:[2]

  • Monthly Hesperian Student (1871–1892)
  • Nebraskan (1892)
  • Hesperian (1892–1901)
  • Daily Nebraskan (1901–)

Willa Cather was the literary editor of the newspaper when she was a student at the University of Nebraska. In the 1890s, a number of Cather's short stories were published in the newspaper.