If you think newspapers are struggling, imagine how tough it must be to be at a student newspaper. Even more difficult: an independent student newspaper.
The Daily Californian is one of the very few student newspapers which doesn’t operate under the control or funding of their university. Some would say the freedom from administrator oversight outweighs the threat of budget shortfall.
But now newspaper budget shortfall is at an extreme. Several student papers are close to stopping the presses.
The Daily Cal is hoping Cal students will vote in favor of a $2 student fee which would help pay off the $200,000 in debt for the newspaper. Some students we talked to thought supporting the referendum was a no-brainer. Others found issue with students’ money going towards an independent group.
In hopes of increasing awareness of the referendum, the staff of the Daily Cal printed a paper last week in which the above-the-fold section of the newspaper was blank to represent what might happen if the referendum fails.