SIU Student Newspaper Doesn’t Get Fee Increase
The future of the 98-year-old student newspaper at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is cloudy after the university's governing board declined to approve a proposed student fee to help pay for the daily.
The SIU Board of Trustees on Thursday postponed making a decision on the $9 student media fee the Daily Egyptian's administrators say would help keep the newspaper from losing a projected $200,000.
The campus' journalism school director, Bill Freivogel, says publishing the newspaper could be "very hard'' without additional revenue sources.
But the university system's new president, Randy Dunn, says it isn't the end for the paper, and that he wants to work with it on its business model over the next year.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Lil Levant, publisher for the Illini Media Company about the future of the Illini student media and how institutions that train young journalists are trying to adapt to new technology. Ron Johnson, Director of Media at Indiana University in Bloomington also joins us. He says the Daily Illini is not alone in its struggle to maintain financial stability, and many schools are instituting student fees to help support student newspapers.
We’ll also talk about student newspapers and the role they play on college campuses and if online publication carries as much legitimacy as print publication for student journalists.
Are you a student and work for a college paper? Is having an article published online as meaningful as having it published in print? Did you work for a newspaper in college? How did working there affect your college experience? Tell us your story!