The Daily Tar Heel is the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The non-profit organization, DTH Media Corp., which incorporated in 1989 as a separate legal entity from UNC, stopped taking student fees in 1993 and has since been fully funded by its advertising revenue, thus making it both fiscally and editorially independent. The student journalists are solely responsible for all content under the direction of the student editor-in-chief. The 2013-14 editor-in-chief is Nicole Comparato. The paper’s business operations are governed by a 12-member, student majority board of directors whose open slots are filled by the board each spring for the next year.
The paper circulates 17,000 free copies each publishing day during the regular academic year to 215 distribution locations throughout campus, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Chatham and Durham, making it the largest community newspaper in the area with an estimated print readership of 38,000. It publishes weekly on Thursdays during the summer. Dailytarheel.com, which launched in 1994, is the most visited local news site in Orange County, with 1.5 million unique visitors a year.
At any give time, approximately 250 UNC students can rightly claim to be a member of the DTH staff in news, production design, advertising sales, marketing and customer service positions. The student payroll exceeds $250,000 per year. The company also employs six professional staff in support functions.