Edinburgh University's The Student newspaper launches fundraiser to stay in print
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The newspaper has continued printing despite the various economic and social forces that have impacted journalism over the years; from vital reporting during the First and Second World Wars, to the Coronavirus pandemic and the increasing cost of living in recent years.
However, the loss of a major print advertiser in the Spring has put the newspaper's future in doubt, with the paper's editors left unsure how much longer The Student can stay in print. The newspaper publishes online every day, and aims to publish in print fortnightly.
Joe Sullivan, editor-in-chief of The Student, said: “Our campaign is looking to raise funds to carry out a full fortnightly print run this semester. We hope that the confidence this gives our print advertisers will allow us to secure more reliable funding on our own for down the line.
"We are looking to raise £1000 to cover the cost of one print issue this year, and some incidental costs of running the publication. Any money donated over our target will be invested back into the publication, so that future generations of students can benefit for years to come.
"Some potential areas for funding include improving our editing software, investing in better equipment and taking steps to put The Student on a more reliable long-term financial footing."
Despite only launching the online fundraiser last week, The Student has already breached it’s original target, with the fund currently standing at £1,043.
The Student remains a vital source of information for students and members of the Edinburgh community, with recent reporting including a student who was banned from protesting by Edinburgh University, as well as the housing crisis and the growth of the pro-life movement in Scotland. All staff at the newspaper work on a volunteer basis, with around 30 students responsible for its editing and management.
Lucy Jackson, president at The Student, said: "I'm devastated that the landscape of print journalism has proved to be so rocky for us. Unfortunately, we're at the point where sheer dedication and passion for journalism simply isn't enough.
"This isn't unique to us, we know that journalism as a whole is struggling and whilst we're adapting to the new digital age, we can't abandon print - it forms such a central part of our identity and our university experience.
"The Student is often the first place students will get to try their hand at journalism. It's vital we remain open and accessible to all, so that future generations of young journalists have the space to develop and grow."
Former reporters at the Student, which prints 750 copies fortnightly and is distributed to more than 20 hubs across Edinburgh, include Helen Pidd, Gordon Brown, Laura Kuenssberg. Robin Cook and James Kirkup.