Current exhibition

printing the paper in 1942

Printing the Daily Tar Heel in 1942

The Truth in Eight-Point Type: The Daily Tar Heel Celebrates 125 Years of Editorial Freedom

April 10 – July 31, 2018

On February 23, 1893, the first issue of the Tar Heel was published.

During its 125-year history, the student newspaper has tackled such subjects as hazing, athletic department scandals, and academic freedom.  Its masthead has included the names of nearly 150 editors-in-chief. Daily Tar Heel staff have churned out more than 20,000 editions, earning both fans and critics for their reporting and opinions.

Throughout its long history the Daily Tar Heel has sought to uphold high journalistic standards and remained committee to freedom of the press. As a result, the newspaper has garnered a host of awards and earned a reputation as one of the best college newspapers in the nation.  This exhibition highlights some of the paper’s greatest challenges to editorial freedom.

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