The Georgetown Voice is a weekly, student-run newsmagazine providing Georgetown University with news, commentary, arts, humor, and sports as well as long-form journalism. The Voice’s print offerings are supplemented by Vox Populi, Georgetown’s largest and most popular daily blog.
The Voice was founded in 1969 by former editors from The Hoya who objected to that paper’s refusal at the time to cover the Vietnam War and off-campus issues affecting students.
The paper’s debut editorial on March 4, 1969, explained the paper’s goals and mission:
Our editorial policy will view and analyze issues in a liberal light. We shall not limit our editorial content to campus topics. We promise to present and analyze national and local issues of concern to the student, whose concern should spread beyond the campus.
We shall attempt with all our energy to inform the community, to make the community conscious of controversial subjects by an open presentation and discussion of relevant issues, to communicate a culture, and to entertain our readers.
While the editorial page explicitly comes from a progressive perspective, news and feature stories take a non-ideological stance and give voice to all sides of the issue. Without exception, the Voice is committed to providing campus with critical journalism that doesn’t give defer to those in power.
In the last ten years, Voice staffers have gone on to work full time at a variety of publications, including the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Quartz, The New Republic, New York Daily News, In These Times, MarketWatch, Agence France-Presse, The American Prospect, and The Atlantic.
New staffers are welcome to join any section and are accepted at any time of the year.
The Voice is led by two executive editors, the managing editor and the editor-in-chief, who oversee a team of section editors. Responsibilities for section editors include determining what to cover, directing writers, revising pieces, and writing headlines. Most section editors have a small group of assistant editors as well. Editors are chosen among senior writers and assistant editors.
The paper is governed by the general board of the Voice, which consists of the executive editors, section editors, assistant section editors, editorial board members, copy editors, and business staffers.
Production happens primarily on Wednesday nights. New issues come out Thursday morning. Board meetings happen on Friday evenings, and editorial meetings are held on Sunday evenings.