Mercer Cluster


The Cluster/ is the leading news source for Mercer University and surrounding communities. It is named after a book of songs penned by University founder Jesse Mercer in 1810. The Cluster has been published as a bi-monthly since 1920.

While The Cluster is subsidized by Mercer’s Board of Appropriations, it retains strict editorial autonomy as a student publication under the University’s bylaws. Its newsroom is located in the Center for Collaborative Journalism in Mercer Village.

The newspaper has won numerous student journalism awards over the years from the Georgia College Press Association, including Best Layout and Design, Best Website, Best Feature Story and General Excellence. Its former writers include notables such as longtime publisher Jack Tarver, attorney and author Robert Steed, former U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell and Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor J. Reginald “Reg” Murphy.

The Cluster’s current editor-in-chief is Marianna Bacallao.

The student news site of Mercer University