Funding Drained for UMSL Student Newspaper
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After being denied funding twice by a board of their peers, the students who run the newspaper at the University of Missouri-St. Louis are appealing to the chancellor today.
The meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. today, after the Student Activities Budget Committee slashed The Current‘s nearly $30,000 budget to zero.
Editor-in-chief Sharon Pruitt says the committee took away the paper’s funding because it is in too much debt.
But Pruitt says the paper’s management has cut that debt in half over the past four years—from $36,000 in 2010 to $18,000 by the end of this year.
She says the board is unhappy that the paper pays its editorial staff a salary of no more than $800 dollars a month for Pruitt, but she says that money comes from ad revenue and not student funds.
Pruitt says she’s also had calls from alumni and from students at UMSL who want to help save the paper.
The Current was established in 1966 and publishes once a week, on Mondays.
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