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File #: 190776    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/3/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/3/2019
Title: Honoring the 135th Anniversary of The Daily Pennsylvanian, the award-winning student newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, and the retirement of its general manager, Eric Jacobs, who guided the newspaper with diligence and foresight through the past four decades.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Jones
Attachments: 1. Signature19077600
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Honoring the 135th Anniversary of The Daily Pennsylvanian, the award-winning student newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, and the retirement of its general manager, Eric Jacobs, who guided the newspaper with diligence and foresight through the past four decades.
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WHEREAS, The Daily Pennsylvanian, often referred to as "The DP" printed its first edition in 1885 and is celebrating its 135th Anniversary as one of the nation's leading campus voices in print, online, and social media; and

WHEREAS, Eric Jacobs began his association with The DP in 1976 as a student reporter covering University news topics like student politics, campus security, and the dining service. His excellence as a student journalist ultimately led to his selection as managing editor. There his talent for technology set the course for the newspaper's future - as well as his own; and

WHEREAS, In 1980, as student managing director, Eric led The DP's transition from an old-fashioned typeset to a new computer system enabling reporters and editors to create and edit all articles and advertisements electronically. Under Eric's leadership, The DP became one of the first college dailies to adopt the new tools of desktop publishing; and

WHEREAS, After graduation, Eric became a full-time employee of The DP and served as the organization's general manager since 1981, charged with overseeing its technology and business operations. In the early 1980s, Eric also helped oversee The DP's establishment as an independent non-profit corporation legally separate from the University, with students serving as its officers. Today, The DP is one of the few college dailies in the nation to remain financially and editorially independent, a fact which University officials admit they regard "with terror" ; and

WHEREAS, Eric has provided a calming voice to each new group of enthusiastic, yet inexperienced, 20-year-olds who joined the newspaper. Through the decades, Eric guided the students and profession...

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