The Rebel Yell is the award-winning official student newspaper of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Beginning as the Nevso News in 1954, the first issue under The Rebel Yell masthead was printed on April 25, 1955. In 2006, the Society of Professional Journalists honored The Rebel Yell as Best Non-Daily Student Newspaper of 2005.
In 1957, the Confederated Students of Nevada Southern began the regular publication of a campus newsletter, The Rebel Yell. Staffed by members of the student government, The Rebel Yell recorded campus events as well as alerted students to upcoming activities. In time, it grew to cover the issues that surrounded the fledgling university, exposing students to the events that laid the foundation for what would become the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The Rebel Yell grew with its campus, becoming a publication that kept a tight leash on the student government and administration. Back and forth articles and editorials never managed to completely sever the ties between The Rebel Yell and the CSUN student government, with a certain percentage of the operating budget allocated to The Rebel Yell each year amounting to approximately $100,000 a year in 2008.
In 2012, a student body president asserted that it was the right of the president to select the editor-in-chief. With the conflict of interest that existed with a CSUN officer possessing the ability to select the EIC, both CSUN and The Rebel Yell felt that a split would be mutually beneficial. The Rebel Yell immediately lost all funding from the student government.
For several years, the EIC applied to the Student Life Funding Committee to keep The Rebel Yell afloat. In 2016, The Rebel Yell received $31,000 to fund the entire year. The news came amidst a storm of backlash against the announcement that The Rebel Yell would begin a process to change its name.
After a semester’s long voting process, The Rebel Yell was renamed The UNLV Scarlet & Gray Free Press and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Las Vegas Review Journal at the same time. The Review Journal donates $10,000 each quarter to the Free Press and prints its issues free of charge.
The UNLV Scarlet & Gray Free Press records the history of UNLV, as it happens, through fearless reporting, interactive experiences and fair, informative coverage that entertains and engages the university’s community.
The UNLV Scarlet & Gray Free Press is a center for creating tomorrow’s journalists.
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