San Diego State University’s Independent Student Newspaper Since 1913

The Daily Aztec

San Diego State University’s Independent Student Newspaper Since 1913

The Daily Aztec

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 35,000 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 culture, and sports. The Daily ­Aztec also publishes content with the subsections Mundo Azteca, Back Page, Video and Blogs.


  • The Daily ­Aztec is independent. It relies on advertising sales to fund operations, printing costs and staff. The Daily ­Aztec has no guaranteed 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 as SDSU’s newspaper.


2017 San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards

1st Place: Best College Newspaper, The Daily Aztec Staff
1st Place: College Print, News, “SDSU faces questions about sexual assault,” Will Fritz
1st Place: College Print, Opinion/Commentary, “Like Spencer, he did Nazi it coming,” Andrew Dyer
2nd Place: College Print, Opinion/Commentary, “The true cost of cheap eats,” Cassidy McCombs
2nd Place: College Print, Column, “Grabbing Back,” Andrea Lopez-Villafaña
2nd Place: College Print, Cover Design, “Hillary vs. Trump,” Hannah Lingle-Veale
2nd Place: College Print, Reviews, “Indie icon returns with ambition,” Andrew Dyer
2nd Place: College TV, Feature Reporting, “Daily Aztec Does: Marching Band,” Adriana Heldiz, Cami Buckman
3rd Place: College TV, General News Story, “SDSU community members among thousands in San Diego Women’s March,” Adriana Heldiz, Mackenzie Boss


2017 San Diego Society of Professional Journalists College Media Awards

1st Place: Best Newspaper, The Daily Aztec Staff
1st Place: News or Feature Series, “Marquis Campbell Arrest and Court Proceedings” by Will Fritz
1st Place: Opinion/Editorial, “Honoring Native American heritage requires more than turquoise jerseys” by Andrew Dyer
2nd Place: Opinion/Editorial, “Wicker hiring shows SDSU, Hirshman learned nothing from $3.35 million lawsuit” by The Daily Aztec Editorial Board
1st Place: Arts/Entertainment story, “Becoming pioneers of hardcore punk” by Sarah Tanori
1st Place: Feature Photo, “SWMRS and FIDLAR electrify stage” by Kristian Carreon
1st Place: Feature Story, “Stories from the SDSU street preachers” by Natalia Xibille
2nd Place: Feature Story, “Former hitman shares new wisdom” by José Guzmán-Quirino
1st Place: Layout & Design (story or series), “Health and Wellness Cover” by Kaylee Andrews, Hannah Lingle-Veale
2nd Place: Original Illustration or Cartoon, “Latinx: un termino con controversia” by Hannah Lingle-Veale
1st Place: Multicultural Story, “Joven fronteriza coronada reina (Miss Baja California represents two countries)” by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña
1st Place: News Program — Television, “SDSU students, community react to El Cajon shooting” by Adriana Heldiz
2nd Place: Arts/Entertainment Television Story, “The Daily Aztec Does: Marching Band” by Adriana Heldiz, Cami Buckman
3rd Place: News Story, “Hundreds of students protest President Hirshman regarding BDS posters” by Jamie Ballard, Will Fritz, Jacob Sisneros
2nd Place: Review/Criticism, “Best album of 2016 goes to the 1975” by Ryo Miyauchi
2nd Place: Sports photo: “SDSU crushes Houston in Las Vegas Bowl, 34-10” by Kelly Smiley
1st Place: Sports story: “SDSU women’s basketball fan is a one-man show” by Brandon Truffa

2017 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards

National Finalist: Online Opinion and Commentary, Andrew Dyer

2017 Region 11 Society of Professional Journalists College Media Awards

1st Place: Online Opinion and Commentary, Andrew Dyer

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:

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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.

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