TIME Cover - The Campus Uprisings

Analysis / Interpretation / Press / Source



MAY 9, 2024 8:00 AM EDT

Kara Milstein is a photo editor at TIME. Her work has been nominated for awards from ASME, the Society of Publication Designers, the Emmys, World Press Photo, and Pictures of the Year International, among other organizations.

Over the last few weeks the world has watched and listened as college campuses across the United States became the focal point of American protest against—and debate about—Israel’s war in Gaza, which has killed more than 30,000 people since the Hamas attacks of Oct. 7. As we often do in these moments, TIME photo editors turned to the photographers closest to the story. In this case, that meant student photojournalists from 10 student-run college newspapers— the UCLA Daily Bruin, the Daily Northwestern, the Daily Princetonian, USC’s Daily Trojan, the Daily Texan, the GW Hatchet, the Indiana Daily Student, the Michigan Daily, the Rutgers Daily Targum, and the Vanderbilt Hustler.

We were impressed not only by the photographs produced by these students, but also by their dedication to telling as much of the story as possible. The responsibility these photographers feel—to get all angles of the story, to keep their fellow students and the general public up-to-date—comes through in every frame. And those of us off campus are fortunate that’s the case. After all, student journalists are the ones really seeing what’s happening on college campuses. They were there before journalists from major news organizations arrived, and they will be there after the international press leaves.