The mission of The Wake Forest Review is to question progressive thought and preserve conservative principles by providing fair and enlightening journalism that educates the community from a libertarian and conservative perspective.

Our Story

The Wake Forest Review was founded in May 2016 as an independent, student-edited newspaper at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. By challenging the status quo and defending conservative principles, the Review aims to educate Wake Forest students and younger generations with balanced journalism from an unintimidated, conservative and libertarian position. Today, the Review is one of the fastest-growing conservative college publications in America.

The Review has since continued its success by shifting to an institutional focus in which the publication has tasked itself with working with political opponents on campus and working with campus administrators, while remaining watchful of when the school makes incorrect steps.

The Wake Forest Review follows the proliferation of independent collegiate newspapers between 1980 and 2000, including The Dartmouth Review, The Cornell Review, and The California Patriot. The Review’s primary objective will be to foster greater attention to issues surrounding Wake Forest’s campus and the greater Winston-Salem community. Nearly half of college students believe it ‘essential’ to be keeping up to date with political affairs. The Review aims to increase dialogue among students and stimulate productive, entertaining discussions.

Aside from digital articles, we publish a quarterly magazine, multiple podcasts, and engage in both live and written discourse with other students in a style akin to and inspired by William F. Buckley’s famous “Firing Line” television program. Our coverage of campus politics has been featured by a variety of national outlets, but has also spurred crucial and valued dialogue and relationships with campus administrators. The Review also won the Best New Media Award at the 2017 Collegiate Network Conference.

The Review is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which depends on your support to spread the conservative message at Wake Forest. We are a member of the Collegiate Network, an organization that provides assistance to roughly one-hundred independent, conservative and libertarian publications across the country.