Collegiate Network

The Collegiate Network was established in 1979 to provide financial and technical assistance to right-wing student newspapers on college campuses. It is heavily funded by right-wing foundations and claims its newspapers have a combined distribution of more than two million each year.

Collegiate Network
3901 Centerville Road
P.O. Box 4431
Wilmington, DE 19807
Website: www.collegiatenetwork.org

President: T. Kenneth Cribb
Finances: $1,249,161 (2003)
Affiliated with: Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Publications: Campus magazine, Stop the Presses!, online news; Start the Presses!, handbook; and a network of 80 student-run college newspapers
Formally known as: Institute for Educational Affairs (changed in 1980)

Principal Issues

  • The Collegiate Network (CN) calls itself "The Home of Conservative College Journalism," and provides financial and technical assistance to student editors and writers of conservative publications at colleges and universities.
  • From CN's mission statement, "to focus public awareness on the politicization of American college and university classrooms, curricula, student life, and the resulting decline of educational standards."
  • Among the college campuses where 80 CN-connected newspapers can be found: Princeton University, Yale University, American University, Amherst University, SUNY-Binghamton, Boston College, Bowdin College, North Carolina State University, Brown University, University of California- Berkeley, UNC-Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, University of Iowa, SUNY Albany, Brandeis University, University of Texas at Austin, Cornell University, Boston College, Bucknell University, Catholic University, Dartmouth University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Harvard University, Kenyon College, Vanderbilt University, and Villanova University.

Activities

  • CN helps students establish, organize and fund right-wing newspapers. CN hosts bi-annual training seminars on college student journalism and teaches students how to set up their own newspaper. CN awards general operations grants to many of its members.
  • CN hosts an annual Editor's Conference featuring right-wing media celebrities, such as John Leo; Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes; Wall Street Journal editorial writers John Fund, William McGurn, and Robert Bartley; Thomas Sowell; Robert Bork; and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • Campus Outrage Awards, referred to as the "Pollys," are nominations by right-wing students to expose "radical campus activists" who "undermine the traditional curriculum, implement speech codes that persecute politically incorrect students, enforce group-identity politics with sensitivity seminars, and treat students with a double-standard emanating from a multiculturalist perspective." The Wall Street Journal has called the Pollys "a great public service."
     

Famous CN Newspaper Alumni

  • Columnist Ann Coulter wrote for Cornell Review — "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building." Read
  • Rich Lowry wrote for Virginia Advocate
  • Dinesh D'Souza wrote for Dartmouth Review; author of The End of Racism — a book, among other claims, that attributes racial inequality and oppression to African Americans themselves.

History

  • Founders Tod Lindberg and John Podhoretz are now both professional writers. Lindberg is a columnist often published in the Washington Times and is an editor at the Hoover Institution. Podhoretz is a writer for the New York Post.
  • CN's President T. Kenneth Cribb worked for the Reagan Administration for eight years. Cribb was Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs in the Reagan Administration, counselor to the Attorney General of the United States, Deputy Chief Counsel of the Reagan-Bush Campaign and supervised thirty of President-elect Reagan's transition teams.
  • Cribb has been published in National Review, The American Spectator, The Intercollegiate Review, Modern Age, and Human Events.

Funding

The Collegiate Network has received, from the years 1995-2003, $4,615,000 in grants from conservative foundations such as the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Kirby Foundation, Carthage Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation, among others.

Quotes about The Collegiate Network

"Editing America's leading conservative magazine [National Review] is no easy task. But I learned the ins and outs of taking on the far Left as the editor of the Virginia Advocate, the Collegiate Network's independent publication at the University of Virginia." — Rich Lowry, National Review

"When I was 20 years old and writing for the Michigan Review, I hoped that one day I might work for National Review. Today I do, and the Collegiate Network is a huge part of the reason why." — John J. Miller, National Review

"As an alternative source of information on today's campuses, the papers in the Collegiate Network cannot be beaten for timely and newsbreaking stories." — John Fund, The Wall Street Journal

"Affirmative Action, multiculturalism, grade inflation, bureaucratic weaseling - these are all fat targets for the slings and arrows of CN papers, who deflate the most self-important of the educrats. Journalists at certain dailies could learn from these college students. There is journalism for clones . . . and then there is journalism for individuals - the Collegiate Network." — Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe

Updated: April 2006

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