Official student newspaper of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

Official student newspaper of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

Official student newspaper of Alabama State University

The Hornet Tribune

About Us

The Hornet Tribune is dedicated to serving the Alabama State University community, past, present, and future through transparent, accurate, and empathetic reporting. In this spirit, we aim to forge connections among those invested in the university community, no matter who they are and where they are.

Since 1879, The Hornet Tribune (the Tribune) has served as Alabama State University’s only official student news publication. Our paper is student-run, not-for-profit, and subsidized in part by the university. Although we take pride in our print paper, we commit ourselves to becoming a digital-first organization and interacting with our readers in new and innovative ways, on whatever platform they desire.

The Hornet Tribune is a resource to the students, faculty, staff, and community members of ASU and the Metro-Montgomery area. The paper offers local insight and coverage of events, trends, and important topics on campus every week it publishes.

We perform, first and foremost, a public service. We seek to inform and engage our readers by delivering reliable, timely, and truthful news and commentary that matter. We aim to drive campus conversation, uphold high journalistic standards, and innovate in how we tell stories. On the second floor of the John Garrick Hardy Center, The Hornet Tribune’s central-campus office, about 30 students work in 7 editorial sections to produce the paper each week. Students serve as the newspaper’s editors, reporters, photographers, video journalists, designers, and programmers. An editorial board composed of ASU students offers The Hornet Tribune’s perspective on matters concerning students.

In particular, we resolve to elevate voices that have historically been underrepresented, both on our campus and in our newsroom, and to tell these stories with an eye towards clarity and accessibility.  In short, we commit to holding ourselves accountable, in order to keep others accountable inside and outside of our community.

The paper’s online materials and social media reach digital readers worldwide over the course of the academic year.

As the landscape of the journalism industry demands greater diversity, both in the newsroom and in coverage, we are striving to meet the call. Our staff comprises nearly 30 undergraduate students, many of the writers, photographers, entrepreneurs, podcasters, and so much more. No matter their background, all are committed to our singular mission.  Our mission is to press on. We investigate and report what’s really going on in the Alabama State University community. Our journalists follow the facts wherever they may lead, and uncover the truth, protect the public’s right to know, and document our university’s moments, milestones, and people. Every day, we work to do something remarkable: inform and empower readers with real, rigorous, in-depth journalism. By providing this fundamental public service, we ultimately help build a better Alabama State University for this generation and the next.

The Hornet Tribune is an award-winning student news publication affiliated with Alabama State University. The editorial and business staffs consist of university students who produce content for our online publication, including articles, photographs, graphics, and other multimedia content. Any student may apply to be a part of The Hornet Tribune staff.

The Hornet Tribune is an editorially independent publication. Student editors and managers determine the editorial content, coverage, and policies without interference from faculty, staff, or university administration.

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