The Badger Herald is founded by Patrick S. Korten, Nick Loniello, Mike Kelly and Wade Smith in an effort to cover campus protests and provide an alternative voice to other Wisconsin publications, including the Daily Cardinal, which took a very aggressive liberal stance.
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First issue of The Badger Herald is published after nonstop fundraising and advertising deals with local businesses and national corporations.
The Herald risks bankruptcy, but conservative author William F. Buckley speaks at a successful fundraising dinner and the Herald survives.
The Herald moves its offices from 638 State St. (home of present Sunroom Café) to 550 State St. (located above the present Qdoba) in the mid-1970s.
An editorial writer publishes an article titled “Can Africans rule themselves?” A series of ultra-conservative opinion pieces in the late 1970s sparked controversy for the Herald.
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The paper reaches a circulation of 20,000.
Between 1986 and 1987, the Herald switched from a weekly to a daily newspaper. "The Herald had been doing very well as a weekly and had quite a lot of ad revenue," said Katy Culver, an associate professor at the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication who wrote for the Herald in various editor positions between 1986 and 1987.
The Herald prints a cartoon equating the Cleveland Indians mascot to Little Black Sambo, provoking controversy. Critics say the cartoon is racist, while the Herald says the cartoon is attacking racism.
The Herald moves to its current office on 326 W. Gorham St.
The Herald prints a cartoon in which an African-American student is dismayed at Ward Connerly’s anti-affirmative action stance despite his being African-American. The editor-in-chief issues a front-page apology and the Opinion editor quits, feeling that the paper’s ideological pedigree had been destroyed.
The Herald publishes an advertisement by conservative author David Horowitz arguing against reparations for slavery for African-American citizens. This advertisement produces uproar, circulation is disrupted but the Herald editors refuse to apologize for the advertisement’s publication. This refusal to apologize is praised by the Wall Street Journal, the Wisconsin State Journal and USA Today.
The Herald publishes a controversial cartoon of Muhammad originally published in a Danish newspaper, arguing that the image is “a vehicle of facilitation in the grand marketplace of ideas."
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After the Herald posts an advertisement from Holocaust denier Bradley Smith, Editor-in-Chief Jason Smathers posts an editorial piece":http://badgerherald.com/oped/2010/02/25/uwcommunitystrong_.php arguing that the UW community is strong enough to reject the ad and the ideologies it purports to be the truth. The Board of Directors releases "an open letter in March, sharing its regret for “harm done to the Jewish community” but informing its readership of the paper’s decision to leave the advertisement up for the one month it was allowed on the Herald website.
The Herald makes the switch from five- to four-day circulation because decreased print edition advertisement revenue and a desire to maintain independence from the university. In a column Editor-in-Chief Ryan Rainey explains the beginning of the paper’s transition to an online news source
On April 3, 2013, the Herald announced in a press release that it would be switching to an online-first publication model beginning fall 2013. In the press release, the Herald revealed it would only be publishing two print issues per week and that all freelance beat reporters would be paid.