WSU students to pay to keep news daily

Vote set on $5 fee to be added to tuition

— If Washington State University students don’t ante up, their college newspaper couple be cutting production.

The Daily Evergreen currently publishes five days per week, but is losing money, university officials said.

Last Wednesday citing expenses, the student government approved a referendum asking students to pay $5 per semester to help fund the on-campus newspaper.

Students will vote on the measure next month.

If the measure passes, it will raise about $200,000 annually for the Office of Student Media, which manages the newspaper, officials said.

If it fails, The Daily Evergreen is expected to begin cutting production to four days per week beginning March 23. And the summer edition will cease printing all together.

The newspaper had about a $200,000 deficit at the beginning of the current fiscal year, university officials said.

With already planned, it should end the fiscal year with a loss of about $130,000, officials said.

A similar proposal for a $4 per semester fee failed in 2016.


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