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WEB EXTRA: 40 Years of the Albright Reporter

Timeline of Albright Alumni Publications

  • May 15, 1921: Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Albright Alumni Record. It continued until 1934. Only one copy exists in the College archive.

  • October 1925: Vol. 1 No. 1 of the Albright Alumnus published by the president of the alumni body. It was a small newspaper with no successive issue until 1944.

  • April 1936: Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Albright Alumni Quarterly Record  

  • 1944: The Albright Alumnus, first issued in 1925, became a quarterly magazine prepared by the secretary in the Alumni Relations office each fall, winter, spring and summer. It continued until 1971, when it became a supplement to the Albright Reporter.

  • June 1945: Sporadic efforts were made to send out a one-page broadcast called the Albright News Bulletin. Vol. 3 was issued in 1947 and several were issued in the 1951-52 academic year.

  • March 1955: Published with more consistency by the office of public relations, The Lion’s Tale featured alumni news, as well as reports of College developments and activities. It continued until November 1970.

  • May 1971: The first issue of the Albright Reporter, also known as the Bulletin of Albright College, was published by the office of public information. A quarterly publication produced in a newspaper format, articles focused on College and alumni news, College historical events, departmental developments and plans for new buildings. It was supplemented twice a year by the Albright Alumnus, which focused more on alumni achievements.

  • Spring 1988: President David Ruffer introduced Albright Magazine, which included in-depth, thought-provoking stories on topics such as diversity, the arts, the artificial intelligence debate, and politics and morality. The Albright Reporter, also known as the Bulletin of Albright College, focused on news of the College and was issued twice a year as a supplement to the magazine. 

  • 1993: The Albright Reporter went back to being printed on newsprint in an oversized tabloid format and focused mostly on news and alumni accomplishments.

  • Late 1990s: Incorporating the substantive stories of Albright Magazine and the news of the Albright Reporter, major transformations began. By 2000, a two-color tabloid format provided both news of the College and a focus on larger issues of interest such as the future of liberal arts, being African-American at Albright, alcohol on college campuses, women in the sciences, and navigating freshman orientation.

  • July 2007: Following a reader survey, the Albright Reporter debuted its current full-color, glossy format. It has won numerous awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and CUPRAP: the Association for Communicators in Education.

(Information taken from Discovery and Promise: A History of Albright College 1856-1981 byEugene H. Barth)

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