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The Michigan Review

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Format  Tabloid
Founded  1982 (1982)
Website  www.michiganreview.com
Editor-in-chief  Deion Kathawa
Headquarters  Ann Arbor, Michigan
Owner(s)  Independent, supported by the University of Michigan and by the Collegiate Network

The Michigan Review is the Journal of Campus Affairs at the University of Michigan and a news publication in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a weekly circulation of 8,000. The Review, published biweekly, is funded primarily by grants from the Collegiate Network, donations, and by advertising revenue.


National media routinely turn to the editors for their perspective on university issues. Review editors have been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and numerous other newspapers, and have discussed affirmative action on CBS's 60 Minutes, the BBC World Service, and on various local television and radio programs.

Review alumni have achieved some measure of success in the national arena, working for such media outlets as the National Review, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, The Hill, and Investor's Business Daily, and writing speeches for President George W. Bush. A large percentage of Review alumni become lawyers. Review alumni have also gone on to very successful careers in business and other fields.


The Review was principally founded by Thomas Fous and Ronald J. Stefanski, in response to an editorial in The Michigan Daily attacking Fous, who was then the chairman of the University's College Republicans. Fous consulted with editors of The Dartmouth Review, as well as Detroit News writer Alan Miller to help direct the formation of the paper. The nascent group secured 501(c)(3) status for The Review, and empaneled an honorary advisory board, which included Paul W. McCracken, Russell Kirk, Irving Kristol, R. Emmett Tyrrell, and Stephen Tonsor.

In late November 1982, the first issue of The Review debuted on the campus of the University of Michigan, as well as on campuses across the state of Michigan. The issue's founding editorial, entitled "In Response to Needs and Demands," laid out the history and mission of The Review. A copy of this editorial was reprinted in the April 16, 2007 issue.

Since its founding issue, The Review has gone through numerous incarnations, from a long-form magazine format, to an opinion journal format, to more traditional newspaper format. The current publication resembles a more traditional newspaper format than anything else. Though its paper size is that of a tabloid, its content and presentation is more traditional than stereotypical tabloids, which tend to sensationalize stories.

The Review has gained national notoriety during its history. It was an important voice on campus against the University of Michigan's speech code, which was eventually struck down as unconstitutional by federal courts. Additionally, The Review has long been engaged in a fight against U-M's use of affirmative action policies in its admissions processes. Its work on this issue has brought the journal national press exposure, including interviews on national and international news, as well as numerous articles by Review editors published in national outlets, like the National Review, the Christian Science Monitor, and The American Spectator. Most recently, The Review played an important role in its coverage of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, a ballot initiative passed in 2006 that bans the use of racial and gender preferences in the state of Michigan.

The Review today

The Review today resembles a traditional newspaper. It includes several types of stories, usually subdivided into sections within the journal. News, news-analysis, or feature stories typically appear on the first page, and throughout the issue. It has a storied humor page, called Page Two, which contains reader-favorite features like The Serpent's Tooth. (The Serpent's Tooth was the impetus for the spinoff of U-M humor paper, The Michigan Every Three Weekly.) Each edition of the paper typically includes two editorials, featured on the third page. Editors, also known as Cherubs-In-Chief, are chosen on the basis of their allotted columns on a rotating basis. During the tenure of Cherub-in-Chief Nick Cheolas, the paper reintroduced a formal Arts & Culture section.

Usually, twelve issues are produced throughout the school year, which come out—on average—every two weeks. The Review is currently edited by senior Deion Kathawa.


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