Since 1919, The Daily Bruin has provided the first draft of history for the UCLA community. In the daily grind of putting out the newspaper, the students make lifelong friends and gain valuable skills. Our Kerckhoff newsroom has produced generations of stellar journalists, as well as leaders in law, business, government, entertainment, education, the arts, technology and philanthropy.
The Daily Bruin Alumni Network (DBAN) has been launched to serve as a robust and lasting community for all former staffers, in support of each other and our current students. As an official affinity network of the UCLA Alumni Association, DBAN will harness the collective talents and resources of our alumni to provide scholarships, grants and mentoring for those following in our footsteps.
We encourage you to connect with us through our social media platforms, and engage with each other and our student staff. As you will discover through our alumni profiles and news, DB’ers are doing remarkable things around the world. And at Kerckhoff Hall, the current students are carrying on the tradition while innovating on new media platforms.
We look forward to seeing you back at Kerckhoff Hall in 2019!
Lawrence Ma ’95,
On behalf of the Board of The Daily Bruin Alumni Network
Notable Daily Bruin Alumni
For 100 years, the Daily Bruin students who passed through the doors of Kerckhoff Hall have gone on to leave their mark in journalism, entertainment, business and more. Read about 16 impressive alumni from through the decades, including actress Carol Burnett ’54, ESPN anchor Cari Champion ’98 and National Geographic CEO Gary Knell ’75.
Meet the Board
Six alumni, plus one current student and the student media director have volunteered to serve on the inaugural DBAN board.
Volunteer to Critique the Daily Bruin
Looking for a way to make a meaningful contribution? Volunteer to critique the Daily Bruin! We’re looking for bullet points, not novellas, so it won’t take too much of your time. The students are devouring the critiques they’ve received so far.
Like newspapers all across the country, these are challenging financial times for the Daily Bruin. DBAN is raising $20,000 for urgently-needed equipment and scholarships. We’re also working toward a $100,000 alumni endowment. Learn how you can give.
Make plans to return to campus for the kickoff of UCLA's Centennial Celebration at UCLA Alumni Day 2019. There will be timely speakers, engaging discussions, enlightening tours and yet-to-be-imagined surprises. You won’t want to miss this.
State of The Bruin
From Editor-in-Chief Jacob Preal
The total readership of the Daily Bruin from the 2017-2018 school year amounts to about 1.6 million readers – a vast majority of them directed from our social media platforms. Because of the move to mobile and online, The Bruin currently prints 33,000 copies weekly, compared to just over 100,000 copies in the 1980s.
One main reason print and other aspects of The Bruin – particularly office space and editor stipends – have taken a hit is because we simply don’t have the revenues that we had back in the heyday of print journalism. Many of you probably remember reprinting particularly popular copies of The Bruin and creating special editions to engage with your readership. Today, such a prospect simply can no longer be the case.
I am lucky to head this ship at a time when we have relative stability, financially. Other editors have had to face more serious problems in the past, but their hard work and impeccable decision-making has led to a more comfortable existence for us. All of you have worked hard over the past century to create an institution that really is the crown jewel of UCLA’s campus. My hope is that the current editorial team, and those associated with the next 100 years, will continue to make you proud.