The Harvard Crimson

Fall Comp 2018


They don’t call it a newspaper for nothing…

The News Board is the heart and soul of The Crimson. From the College’s unprecedented sanctions on final clubs, fraternities and sororities, to the admissions lawsuit against Harvard which has implications for the fate of affirmative action nationwide, the Crimson News Board is frequently at the center of campus conversations. We receive early access to admissions data and conduct exclusive interviews with Harvard’s top administrators. Writers get to see their bylines run in our daily newspaper and on our award-winning website which receives more than 1.5 million page views per month. We are a committed, close-knit community that extends from our undergraduate days to long past graduation.

We encourage anyone who wants to hone their communication skills, learn effective writing, think analytically, or work as a team to comp the News Board!

Our writers learn how to ask the right questions and get answers. They learn how to investigate and organize facts into writing. No previous experience in journalism is necessary: the comp process is designed to provide students with all the skills necessary for becoming a reporter.

During the comp, students are expected to:

  • Attend weekly comp seminars
  • Write eight daily stories
  • Write one feature

Come and join the ranks of The Crimson’s most prestigious board, which has produced the likes of presidents and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Any questions? Want more information? Don’t hesitate to contact our News Comp Directors, Joshua J. Florence ( and Kenton K. Shimozaki ( with any and all questions and concerns.