The student newspaper began as the Normal Echo, a one-page supplement on the back page of the East Valley Tribune, on Oct. 18, 1890. It became a stand-alone weekly tabloid with a new name in 1906, and the Tempe Normal Student continued covering the Tempe Normal School through 1925.
When the state Legislature changed the school’s name to the Tempe State Teachers’ College, the newspaper became the Tempe Collegian, then just the Collegian in 1930.
By the 1940s, the school became Arizona State College and the newspaper became the Arizona State Press. The paper shed the Arizona along the way, while continuing to grow in distribution.
The State Press began publishing four issues a week in 1964, adding a Monday edition in 1984.
During the past 15 years, The State Press has shifted more to the web. A full-scale redesign of the newspaper in November 2011 changed the traditional broadsheet into its new photo-heavy tabloid design. A website redesign the following summer brought the same focus on images to statepress.com
In January 2013, The State Press became a weekly paper with more emphasis on multimedia content and long-form storytelling. As the newspaper becomes fully digital beginning Aug. 1, this emphasis will remain.
However, The State Press has always been about more than page design or storytelling. We invited alumni to share their fondest memories of The State Press as the student newspaper moves into its new era.
Did you miss the print deadline but still want to share your own memories of nights in the newsroom? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to the list.