The Skiff began in Waco, which was the original site of TCU. The first Skiff was published Sept. 19, 1902. The newspaper's founder, Ed S. McKinney, was a student. He hoped that his venture would provide him with funds "to sail through the financial weather" and get his degree from TCU. Thus, we have a newspaper with the name of a boat and the slogan "rowing, not drifting."

In 1906, the Skiff had a circulation of 2,000 copies a month.

The Skiff was taken under the Journalism Department's wing in 1928.

The newspaper began publishing twice a week in 1958 and became a daily, publishing Tuesday through Friday, in 1971.

The Skiff has been a member of the Associated Press since 1963.

It has won many awards, including the Associated Press Managing Editors best student newspaper in Texas, the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association sweepstakes and the All-American Award.

Image magazine began in 1973. It replaced the yearbook, The Horned Frog, which was discontinued because of lack of interest. Image was published four times a year and was called "Image: The Horned Frog."

That first year, Image was named 'best college magazine in the nation' by Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists. The next year, it won the best magazine award from the Southwestern Journalism Congress. Image has continued to win many regional and national awards.

"The Horned Frog" was dropped from the title in 1978 and "The Magazine of TCU" was added in 1988. Image began publishing three times a year in 1987. Now known as "The Student Magazine of TCU," Image aims to publish four times a year.

Skiff and Image are governed by the Student Publications committee, a group of 15 faculty, administration and student members who select the editors and advertising managers of both publications. However, the editors of those publications maintain control of the publications' contents. The newspaper and magazine are not laboratory publications, but Journalism Department classes contribute to the content and editing of both.

The student publications are funded by the university as part of the journalism department's budget. Ad revenues from the publications go into the university general fund. The journalism department is a part of the College of Communication, which is under the university oversight of the vice chancellor for academic affairs.

How We Began    Administrative Staff     Organizational Chart     Student Publications Committee     Advertising Policies      General Policies
Student Pay Policy      Job Descriptions     Job Applications

Robert Bohler, Student Publications Director       Bitsy Faulk, Business Manager     Jeanne Cain Pressler, Production Manager