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Money woes sparked flap over UGA newspaper

Ex-Board members say memo that prompted student outrage grew out of concern for paper's falling revenue

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With the student editors who famously walked out last week now back on their jobs at the University of Georgia newspaper The Red & Black, bloggers, Facebook friends and Twitter followers have cheered and called it a resolution, a rare happy ending in journalism, a crisis averted.

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  • The King

    Nice stab at understanding what's going on at the Red and Black and other journalistic institutions.

    In the broadest view, the public should imagine an almost wholesale demise of traditional journalism and media operations that have long held their interests above those of corporations and even public institutions. Now-a-days, money buys opinions and massages the public view in line with what the highest bidders demand. A sad state of affairs; some in the news blame the internet, technology and "digitial first."; I blame the demise of the Fourth Estate on mal investments and inattention to basic journalistic standards; they kicked over the soap box right by themselves.

  • KateMc

    This is very sad all around. No one should fault the board of Harry Montevideo for expert management over the years in building and paying off a building and accumulating what by any college media standard is an impressive reserve fund. Certainly the move to digital first was a misstep, but it's easy to understand how it happened and why. Great transparency all around would have prevented this, as would having students on the board and having public board meetings, but that's all behind us now. I do think the board should counsel Morales about his serious misstep. It's incredible that Mr. Stamper ever would have considered prior review given his history as a student and the move to remove the newspaper from the university. I don't think either board member needed to resign over this, despite student demands, but I do think term limits for board members are in order, and my own feeling from afar is to try to retrieve greater readership with returning to more regular publication. I think all of college media can learn from this, but the Red & Black readership numbers are not oh-so-far out of line with those experienced by others, just a bit more dramatically down due to the decline in publication days.

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