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FAQ

How often does the Daily Nexus print?

The newspaper prints on Thursday, with online content produced Monday through Friday during the regular school year except on university holidays. The Nexus publishes only once during Dead Week and once during Finals Week. Only two to three issues are published during the summer session, however, occasional online updates are made.

How do I join the Daily Nexus staff?

The newspaper holds quarterly training sessions for those interested in joining the newspaper staff. Check the print edition during the first two weeks of every quarter to find out when training sessions are held. No previous experience is required. Photographers, however, must supply their own digital cameras. Reporters will usually start as unpaid writers. Following the approval of a desk editor, a reporter may be promoted to the position of staff writer at which point he or she will be paid per article.

Who is in charge of the Daily Nexus?

The Daily Nexus is an independent student-run publication. The editor-in-chief oversees the editorial content of the newspaper, while the publications director manages its fiscal operations. Additionally, the Chancellor appoints a press council that consists of three students, one faculty member and one professional. The press council selects the editor in chief following a staff vote and recommendation by the outgoing editor-in-chief. Additionally, the press council approves the newspaper’s budget and mediates controversies between the public and the Daily Nexus.

Where does the Daily Nexus receive its funding?

The Daily Nexus receives about two thirds of its funds from advertising revenue. The other one third is derived from a quarterly lock-in fee of $3.85 per student during the regular school year and $1.00 per student during the summer session. The lock-in fee is voted upon by students every two years.

How old is the Daily Nexus?

The Daily Nexus had its start in the 1930s. Back then, the newspaper was called the Eagle, and UCSB was known as Santa Barbara State College. Eventually, after the college joined the University Of California system, the newspaper changed its name various times. The Daily Nexus exists in former editions as the RoadrunnerEl Gaucho, the University Post and the Daily Gaucho. The newspaper was not known as the Daily Nexus until its official name change in 1970.

Why is the newspaper called the Daily Nexus?

The Daily Nexus received its name in 1970 following the infamous Bank of America burning that occurred in Isla Vista. The editorial board took the name from the Robert Maynard Hutchins quote: “A free press is the nexus of any democracy.”

How do I send an opinion column or letter to the editor?

Opinion columns are 600 to 700 words long. Opinion pieces that are in response to an article or opinion piece are considered as letters to the editor and cannot exceed 300 words. The Daily Nexus will not print responses to responses. For example, if someone writes a response to an opinion piece, a second party may not write another letter in response to that secondary piece. This is to prevent constant back and forth arguments between readers so that we may continue to publish fresh and timely material. Readers should submit their pieces to opinion@dailynexus.com.

What is the editorial policy for the opinion section?

All submissions become property of the Daily Nexus and cannot be printed in other publications without permission. Opinion pieces may be edited for length and clarity. This is to allow the maximum amount of opinion pieces as possible. For every column that is printed, two to three letters to the editor could have been printed instead. Brevity is appreciated.

The Daily Nexus will not publish press releases or pieces that exist solely to advertise an event. The opinion page is for opinions. Not ads. Also, as our focus is incredibly localized. We will not accept submissions from those outside of the community. We accept submissions from all UCSB staff, students and alumni, as well as those from residents living in Isla Vista, Goleta or Santa Barbara.

What is the dailynexus.com comment policy?

We encourage all of our readers to submit comments on our Web site. Comments made on dailynexus.com are not pre-moderated, but can be removed if they violate the policy that follows. Any comment may be used in the print edition of the Nexus, and we ask that you keep your comments brief and on topic.

We will delete comments that:
•    Attack, harass or threaten a named group or person unreasonably.
•    Contain advertising or spam.
•    Violate copyright or privacy protections, or contain personal information.

How do I submit a complaint, correction or retraction request?

All requests can be e-mailed to the editor in chief at eic@dailynexus.com or delivered by phone at (805) 893-2691. If you believe a factual error was made in a Daily Nexus article, please call our office immediately. If a correction request is not made within a year of publication, it becomes exceedingly difficult for our staff to investigate your claim. As such, any request made after one year of publication will require the reader to provide the burden of proof.

With regards to retraction requests, please know that these are VERY rarely granted. For a retraction to occur, the article in question would have to, in essence, have more fallacy than fact or be wrong from its very core. As a newspaper, we are obligated to preserve these historical records. Once an issue is published, you cannot retract an opinion piece you wrote or a quote you willingly gave to a reporter. Police reports are also public record. We will not remove any article from our print or online editions unless severe factual errors have occurred. Personal reasons are not acceptable grounds for a retraction.

How do I purchase an advertisement?

Interested parties can contact our advertising office by phone at (805) 893-3828 or by fax at (805) 893-2789.

Who writes the news headlines?

Contrary to popular belief, news headlines are rarely written by reporters. Instead, they are written by our copy-reading staff.

How long does it take to publish an opinion piece? Why wasn’t my piece published?

It really varies. Some days are slow, while others can force us to get backed up with opinion pieces for a week. Generally, it is best to send an opinion piece before 3 p.m. Afterward, you should usually see it in the newspaper within the next few days. If we receive several letters, we usually give those which are time-sensitive the highest priority. As such, if you write about a more general topic like your love of surfing, that piece will probably take longer to print than, say, a piece concerning a fire that occurred yesterday.

Additionally, when breaking news occurs, an opinion editor may get too many letters about the same topic. At this point, the editor is forced to pick only a handful or so that he or she can fit in as many diverse pieces as possible.

How do I pitch a story idea?

The Daily Nexus has several desk editors who are assigned to specific areas of news. The county news editor handles news pertaining to Isla Vista and Santa Barbara County, while the university news editor reports on news related to the campus and the University of California. The sports editors handle sports, and the Artsweek editors report on arts and entertainment.

Please call or e-mail your story ideas to these editors with a brief description. Also include any helpful contact information or press releases. All articles are written by Nexus staffers. We do not accept freelance work unless it is for the opinion page, which is welcome to all members of the community.

Where does the Daily Nexus print?

Our newspaper is printed at the Santa Barbara News-Press printing facility located in Goleta.

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