About Us

The Berea Torch is a free, student-run newspaper that circulates both online and physical copies.

The primary purpose of the Berea Torch is to channel the passion and creativity of Berea College students towards a message of justice, equality, and freedom.

We publish articles on topics ranging from creative writing and philosophical dialogues to interviews and petitions. Submissions from the Berea College community are accepted but are subject to review and editing by the newspaper staff.

The Berea College administration has no affiliation with The Berea Torch newspaper. The paper is entirely run by students, for students. The paper is free for all readers with both online and physical copies. Not a single cent of profit is made from the publication and distribution of The Berea Torch newspaper.

Meet ours Writers

Lily Barnette

Lily Barnette, a native Kentuckian, is a Sociology/Peace &Social Justice sophomore attending Berea College. She co-founded The Berea Torch in January 2022 because she loves learning about people and wanted a space where people could share their projects and ideas. After finishing college, she plans to continue fighting for economic justice and workers’ rights. In her spare time, she makes collages and collects rocks, gems, and minerals.

Ülvi Gitaliyev

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Ülvi Gitaliyev is an international student currently studying at Berea College as a Sophomore. He co-founded The Berea Torch in January 2022 to share the stories of his classmates and create the first independent publication in Berea College since the pandemic. After finishing college, he plans to return to Azerbaijan and change his country for the better. His hobbies include Numismatics, Deltiology, and Philately.

“A newspaper is not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, it is also a collective organiser”

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