The Vanderbilt Hustler

About Us

The Vanderbilt Hustler serves as a news source for Vanderbilt University’s campus and forum for students’ perspectives. The Hustler’s content is divided into six sections, each of which is run by an editor and staffed by Vanderbilt students:

1. Campus

The Campus section provides information about university changes, announcements, initiatives and influential on-campus events. The Campus staff maintains close connections with campus leaders, including administration, student government and other faculty and staff.

2. Opinion

The Opinion section offers a platform for students to express their views, reactions and suggestions. The opinion staff analyzes Vanderbilt affairs, policies and campus climate and offer their input in a concise, constructive manner. Additionally, any Vanderbilt student (undergraduate or graduate), faculty or staff member is encouraged to submit their own opinion pieces, letters to the editor and reactions to previous pieces for review by the opinion editor and for possible publication as a guest piece. See our editorial and letter to the editor policies to submit your own.

3. Life

The Life staff brings readers updates about entertainment, fashion, food, music and more, both on campus and around Nashville.

4. Voices

The Voices section is composed of columns written by students with expertise or passions in a variety of areas and experiences.

5. Sports

The Sports section provides comprehensive coverage of Vanderbilt varsity sports teams; holds those in charge of Vanderbilt Athletics responsible for their conduct; and tells the stories of student athletes.

6. Multimedia

The Multimedia staff reports on topics in all areas through visual forms, as well as creates accompanying images for regular coverage.

Our History

The Vanderbilt Hustler began as a weekly campus newspaper in 1888. The paper came under the control of Vanderbilt Student Communications (VSC), an organization that is independent from the University itself but is housed on campus, in 1967. In 1998, The Hustler became financially independent by declining activities fee subsidies, although the publications remains under VSC.

Following the 2015-2016 school year, the VSC Board, with support from The Hustler staff, voted to move The Hustler solely online. The move sought to allow for a greater focus on content production and technological advancements, while looking to get ahead in a direction the rest of the field seems headed.

The Hustler’s header graphic was designed by Jessica Mo.

Editorial Policy

The Vanderbilt Hustler welcomes guest editorials from members of the Vanderbilt community. In order to be published, you must submit your name, your affiliation with Vanderbilt University, and an email at which you can be reached. We reserve the right to edit editorials for length and clarity. To submit an editorial, please email our Opinion Editor Miquéla Thornton at miquela.v.thornton@vanderbilt.edu

Letters to the Editor Policy

The Vanderbilt Hustler encourages all readers to submit letters to the editor regarding our recent coverage or general events in the Vanderbilt community. If you would like to submit a letter to the editor, you must include your name, your affiliation with Vanderbilt University (if at all), and an email at which you can be reached. 

We reserve the right to edit Letters to the Editor for length and clarity. Submission of a letter does not guarantee publication. If you have questions or would like to submit a letter, please email our Editorial Director Max Schuman at mawell.schulman@vanderbilt.edu

Staff Editorials

The Vanderbilt Hustler composes staff editorials in order to represent the views of the entire Editorial Board. As such, every Editor must sign off on the final version on a staff editorial so that it may be published. Staff editorial article topics are often proposed by the Editorial Director, but may be proposed by staff writers and other Editors. Staff editorials cover a range of topics, from news about our university to cultural observation to national politics.

If you have questions or would like to submit a response to a staff editorial, please email our Editorial Director Max Schulman at mawell.schulman@vanderbilt.edu

Comments Section Policy

The Vanderbilt Hustler welcomes and encourages readers to engage with content and express opinions through the comments section on our website and social media platforms. The Hustler reserves the right to block or remove comments which contain vulgarity, hate speech, personal attacks or appear to be spam or commercial promotion. The comments section, both on the website and social media, is moderated by the Editor in Chief.

Anonymity Policy

The Hustler allows sources to remain anonymous only when the individual could face legal repercussions for having their name attached to a piece, if the individuals are discussing FERPA or HIPPA related issues, or if they are a member of the LGBT+ community who is not yet out. Anonymous individuals must be known to the editor of the section in which their quotes or writing may appear, as well as to the Editor in Chief.

Weekly Digest

We release a collection of stories in an email each Monday morning to those subscribed to receive the Vanderbilt Hustler Digest. The email features pieces from across different sections of the Hustler published that week. If you would like to subscribe to Digest, click here.

Join Us

Interested in joining The Hustler? The Hustler is an inclusive space, welcoming of journalists with and without prior experience. To learn more about the sections of The Hustler, click here. To learn more about being a part of The Hustler and to join the staff, please email our Managing Editor at samantha.zern@vanderbilt.edu.

Advertising with The Hustler

Please click here to learn more about advertising with the Vanderbilt Hustler. All advertising is handled by Jeff Breaux, Assistant Director of Student Media and Director for Advertising for Vanderbilt Student Communications.