Since 1904, The Vermilion has been The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s premier newspaper for students, by students.
Composed of student writers — whether communications majors or non-majors — the paper staff changes every year and is led by an adviser and a student editor-in-chief. Focused around UL Lafayette, The Vermilion strives to be the voice of students.
In order to do this, we start at the bottom. What do students need to know before they step out of their residence halls and into the world of Ragin’ Cajun? We begin with our police reports, compiled and written by an experienced news writer. Next, there’s the Student Government Association, which we cover on a weekly basis so students know where their money is going.
The coverage continues with campus event information, news and features. These cover the good and the bad.
When the week ends, students can choose to go home — or they can take a look at the column and campus life sections, where students write about events, ideas and organizations around campus. Students can voice their opinions on this matter through submitting opinion pieces and letters to the editor.
As of 2015, The Vermilion launched its own YouTube Channel to better document the day-to-day life of UL Lafayette students and their reactions to events.
The 112-year-old campus paper has also accumulated awards at the Southeast Journalism Conference Best of the South competition. Its writers have also won awards through the Best of South as well as the conference’s onsite competitions. Journalism program graduates have continued their careers at the Daily Advertiser, The Acadiana Advocate and The New York Times.
Now, you can find The Vermilion on campus, on the Internet and through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope.