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Measure Would Send Money To SIU Student Paper

Wed, 14 May 2014 10:47:50 CDT

Southern Illinois University Carbondale's financially-struggling student newspaper would get an infusion of cash under newly introduced legislation. A spending measure filed in the Illinois House would give The Daily Eqyptian $70-Thousand. The paper had asked for a nine-dollar-per-semester student fee, but the S-I-U Board of Trustees has not given approval. Daily Egyptian faculty adviser Eric Fidler says he's still hopeful that will happen this summer. But he says the $70-Thousand dollars would be a buffer. Filder says the paper is an important training ground for student journalists:

"It's also important to the people in the community. The D-E flies off the racks out in town. It's not just read on campus, it's read just as much off campus. It's a free sources of news and information for people in Carbondale."

Fidler says like other newspapers, the D-E is struggling with a drop in ad revenue. He says the student fee could raise upwards of 200-thousand dollars a year. He says it's necessary for the paper's long term stability. SIU's new president, Randy Dunn, has said he will not let the paper go under on his watch.

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