Things were a bit different when The Rocky Mountain Collegian published its first edition in December 1891.
For starters, it was a monthly newspaper made by the students of The State Agriculture College (the name Colorado State wouldn’t come around for another 66 years). A single copy could be purchased for 15 cents and featured articles included the results of an oratorical contest, marriage listings and the “local department,” which resembled the modern-day gossip column.
Today, The Rocky Mountain Collegian now includes Collegian.com. Readers can now get their news daily in print, on a desktop computer and through their phones. From a modest staff of six students, the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation now includes more than 300 students. And no gossip columns can be found.
A lot has changed in 125 years, and The Collegian’s milestone anniversary will be celebrated throughout the 5th Media Festival, Sept. 28 – Oct. 1.
Among the highlights will be a panel discussion on the newspaper’s history featuring a collection of former Collegian editors. In addition, the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation is looking for stories from all Collegian alumni. Do you have a memory to share, or a favorite story to pass along? It can be as few as 50 words or as many 500. Entries can be emailed to Jim.Rodenbush@colostate.edu or GaryKimsey@yahoo.com