Nearly 30 years of VCU history are represented in this digital collection of VCU News Publications. These publications were essentially the same periodical published under four different titles by the Office of University Relations. This online collection of the periodical contains a wealth of information on VCU’s past. In addition to news stories, feature articles, and event calendars, there are hundreds of images of campus life and of former students, staff, faculty, and administrators. What might be most significant is the wide range of University reports that were frequently published. Departments and schools also submitted articles and other news items that they thought would be of interest to the university community. Letters to the editor, editorials, and formal messages from Deans and the President are some of the other examples of the content found in the 542 individual issues that make up this digitized collection.
The official university newspaper was first published in May of 1972 as a weekly newsletter called VCU Today. It was preceded on the MCV campus by the Medicovan, which published from 1948 until 1973. VCU Today was published on an irregular basis, often once a month, until the 1980s when it became a bi-weekly. The staff included professional writers, photographers, and editors, but the newspaper represented the views of the University administration and highlighted news that the school wanted publicized. By the 1980s, the newspaper was being sent to full-time staff on both campuses and was also made available in a number of VCU buildings. It was probably the school’s best vehicle for communicating to the large university community.
In 1988, the newspaper became the VCU Voice. In 1998, it published as the UniverCity News. In 2001, it became known simply as VCU News. It was published online in 2002 and is now available as the News Center. The original print issues of the newspaper are housed in the Special Collections and Archives departments in the Tompkins-McCaw Library on the MCV campus and in the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus.
Exact dates for the publications:
VCU Today: 1972-1988
VCU Voice: 1988-1998
UniverCity News: 1998-2001
VCU News: 2001-2002
Copyright for the materials in this collection is managed by the VCU Libraries. The use of these materials is subject to the stipulations specified in the VCU Libraries copyright page.