San Diego State University’s Independent Student Newspaper Since 1913

The Daily Aztec



The Daily ­Aztec is San Diego State University’s independent student newspaper, serving a student population of almost 32,000 and a faculty and staff population of more than 4,000. The Daily ­Aztec strives to be a resource for all members of the SDSU community with the news, entertainment, information and advice they need to make their experience as Aztecs the best it can be.

The Daily ­Aztec publishes daily online  and is a weekly print publication. It has four regular sections: news, opinion and editorial, arts and lifestyle, and sports. The Daily ­Aztec also publishes content with the subsections Mundo Azteca, Aztec Gaming, Back Page, Video and Blogs.


  • The Daily ­Aztec is financially independent. It relies solely on advertising sales to fund operations, printing costs and staff. The Daily ­Aztec receives no state, student or auxiliary funding.
  • Unlike many college newspapers, all editors, writers, designers and sales personnel are SDSU students enrolled in at least six units.
  • We print 5,000 copies every Wednesday.
  • The newspaper has spent 37 years as a weekly, five years as a semi-weekly, 32 years as a four times a week and 21 years as a five times a week daily publication.
  • The Daily ­Aztec was established in 1913 as The Normal News Weekly. It became The Paper Lantern in 1921, then The Aztec in 1925. It became The Daily Aztec in 1960. The year 2013 marked the 100th year in print for SDSU’s newspaper.


2013 San Diego Society of Professional Journalists College Media Awards

1st Place: Best Newspaper, The Daily Aztec Staff
2nd Place: Arts/Entertainment Story, “Exhibit displays birth of skating” by Christian Benavides
1st Place: Feature Story, “Undocumented Aztec journeys to citizenship” by Christian Benavides
1st Place: News Photo, “Children’s Center begins composting” by Paige Nelson
2nd Place: Sports Photo, “SDSU headbutts CSU at homecoming” by Dustin Michelson
1st Place: Sports Story, “Kearney High losing its iconic stripes” by Ryan Schuler

2012 Region 11 Society of Professional Journalists College Media Awards

3rd Place: General Column Writing, Kenneth Leonard
2nd Place: Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper, The Daily Aztec

Other Accolades

  • Ranked in Journalism Degrees and Programs 100 Exemplary College Newspapers for Journalism Students


The Daily ­Aztec is committed to being a readily available resource of and for the SDSU community.

The Daily ­Aztec will provide students, faculty and staff the news, analysis and entertainment they need to be informed and engaged members of the SDSU campus.


The Daily ­Aztec follows the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. It can be accessed at


Each story on our site does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Daily ­Aztec.


Commenting on our site is a privilege. We want our readers to add their point of view to every story but ask that they keep their comments relevant to the topic at hand.

We will remove comments and possibly ban users who do the following:

  • Use vulgar or racist language
  • Threaten harm of any sort to staff, commenters or the subject of an article
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Our blogs and videos are held to the same standard as our print content. The views and opinions expressed in each blog is that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the overall views of our paper.