“funding was restored in full on Friday after Editor-in-Chief Lauren Closs met with the student finance committee”
When it comes to student newspapers, schools do best with a hands-off approach.
The College Fix reports:
Public university restores funding for student newspaper after outcry against censorship
The University of Mary Washington learned that the best way to resolve disputes is to talk through them, not to pick up your ball and go home.
The Virginia public university has restored funding to its student newspaper, The Blue & Gray Press, after zeroing out its print budget and provoking a national outcry by journalists and advocacy groups.
A student leader and administration official both suggested that the powers-that-be didn’t like the content of the paper, pointing to a task force that would address its “quality” and “repair” the paper. Hence, the budget cut could get the university sued for First Amendment retaliation.
The administration then officially cited the reason for the budget chop as responsible environmental stewardship.
The Student Press Law Center, which led a campaign to restore the print funding, reported Wednesday that the funding was restored in full on Friday after Editor-in-Chief Lauren Closs met with the student finance committee:
Closs said she presented a plan to address the committee’s concerns about distribution of the paper. She said the committee also suggested that the number of papers left at distribution sites be counted at the end of each week.
“I am glad that we were able to have a discussion and reach a reasonable distribution-related solution,” Closs said in an email. “It is my hope that continued open discussion will see the quick resolution of issues in the future without threats to funding.”
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