In the late 1920s, North Carolina campus student leaders realized the need for better connections between universities and colleges throughout the state. And one of the mediums that could be accomplished through was through schools’ newspapers.
So it was on this day in 1927 that the formation of “Collegiate Press,” a quasi wire service inspired by the Associated Press, was announced in The Technician.
The idea for Collegiate Press arose at the 14th semi-annual convention of the North Carolina Press Association. The idea was that there would be a designated individual on each campus who would act as a correspondent, gathering all the important news from other campuses and keeping other campuses in the loop about events at his home school.
“No elaborate system and network of wires will span the continent; no cables will flash spot news from foreign lands, no automatic telegraph machine will type the news as it comes in from divisional headquarters,” reported The Technician. “Instead, mail service will be used entirely, and each paper will bear the expense of sending its copy to other publications, receiving in return the Collegiate Press service from those papers.”
The hope was that the service might catch on so much that it would spread to to surrounding states and become a regional entity.