Diamondback board rejects shrinking newspaper

May 05, 2004|By Jason Song | Jason Song,SUN STAFF

There should be sufficient room for articles in the University of Maryland's student newspaper, The Diamondback, after the paper's board voted against reducing the publication's size.

The board of Maryland Media Inc., the nonprofit company that oversees The Diamondback, projected a $70,000 loss next year and had considered reducing the minimum size of the paper from 10 pages to eight and cutting the travel budget.

The proposal angered many students, who said that Maryland Media Inc. should not be so focused on money. The company has nearly $4.5 million in assets, according to tax documents.

Students and deans in the school's journalism program worried that the cuts would hurt the paper and harm the school's well-known journalism department. The Diamondback is independent from the school but is an important learning experience for many journalism students who work there.

After a lengthy meeting Saturday, the board decided not to alter the number of pages and to slightly reduce the travel budget.

"I'm very happy. Compared to what could've happened, we came to a reasonable compromise," said Scott Goldstein, the departing editor in chief of the paper.

Goldstein said that the nearly $1 million budget does not include money for travel to some sporting events such as volleyball and softball.

Diamondback staffers said they were relieved by the news.

"I would like to add more space, but I'm glad to keep what I have," said Sam Sessa, the editor of The Diamondback's arts and entertainment section.

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