Student Newspaper Operations

At Small, Private Institutions

Topics: Student Affairs, Student Experience, Student Organizations and Activities

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Student newspapers represent institution traditions but face shrinking budgets that threaten existing compensation models. This brief describes methods administrators employ to compensate student newspaper staff at small, private institutions. It details newspaper staff organization, staff advisor responsibilities, and newspaper budget allocation models.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Most administrators do not compensate student newspaper staff but allow newspaper them to reserve funds for small incentives.

    2. Students typically participate in newspaper programs to gain journalism experience.

    3. Student newspaper leaders seek increased financial autonomy to lessen vulnerability to fluctuating budget allocations.

    4. Faculty advisors possess journalism experience and assist students with editorial decisions and professionalism.

    5. Student affairs leaders possess ultimate newspaper program oversight but do not participate in day-to-day newspaper operations.

    6. Administrators do not conduct formal evaluations or establish learning outcomes for student newspapers.