The Harvard Crimson
Spring Comp 2021
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The Harvard Crimson

Spring Comp 2021

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Welcome to the Spring 2021 comp for The Harvard Crimson! Regardless of your passion, we have ten different boards, 12 different comps, and 148 years of experience waiting for you at 14 Plympton St. The Crimson is not only the nation’s oldest continuously published daily newspaper and the only breakfast-table daily newspaper in Cambridge, Mass., but it is also the premier student organization at Harvard College, offering opportunities in everything from journalism to business to photography

As Harvard's financially and editorially independent student newspaper, The Crimson's reporting has had a profound impact on campus life. Just this year, The Crimson has unveiled a racist and sexist environment within the Harvard University Police Department, brought to light allegations of sexual misconduct against three Anthropology professors, and reported on how COVID-19 has impacted students, staff, and university life more broadly.

By holding those in power accountable and striving for truth above all else, The Crimson is committed to informing and educating our readers on the latest news from campus - even during a global pandemic.

The Crimson is also a training ground for the next generation of journalists, public servants, and business leaders.

Our prominent alumni include U.S. Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt ’1904 and John F. Kennedy ’40; 30 Pulitzer prize-winners including Nicholas D. Kristof ’81, Linda Greenhouse ’68, David Sanger ’82, and Susan C. Faludi ’81; and titans of business, media, and technology, such as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ’77, YouTube CEO Susan D. Wojcicki ’90, and Mad Money host Jim Cramer ’77 just to name a few.

The Crimson has substantial reach as a newspaper and a company. Its million-dollar business. Its website, in 2020, got 16.8 million pageviews. Its Financial Aid Program that has given out close to $1 million over the past decade to Crimson staffers. Its lasting friendships and vibrant community.

Come see for yourself! We will have two virtual open houses this year and information sessions for all ten of our boards:

The Harvard Crimson Spring Open House
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST | Zoom Recording

Tech, Design, and Multimedia Open House
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST | Zoom Recording

Diversity and Inclusivity Committee Roundtable
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST

Board Information Sessions:
Arts | Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. EST
Blog | Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. EST
Business | Saturday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. EST
Design | Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m. EST
Editorial | Sunday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. EST
Magazine | Saturday, Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. EST
Multimedia | Sunday, Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m. EST
News | Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. EST
Sports | Saturday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. EST
Technology | Sunday, Jan. 31 at 12 p.m. EST


Worried that you won't be able to spend time on The Crimson because you think you'll need a paying job? We can help. The Crimson's Financial Aid Program offers limited but substantial compensation to staff members with demonstrated financial need. It's meant to ensure that students who would otherwise need a term-time job can be Crimson editors, and it's part of our efforts to make sure that all Harvard students have the opportunity to enjoy and learn from the experience of working here, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Any questions? Want more information? Don’t hesitate to contact Crimson President Amanda Y. Su ( with any and all questions about the program.