Student Media

WMUK

Western Michigan University may have been ahead of the curve in the way it supports student media. Earlier this month, university trustees approved a five-dollar fee that all students will pay beginning this fall. Students approved the fee in a referendum late last month. It will raise about $150,000 a year to support the Western Herald, WMU's student newspaper, and the student-run radio station WIDR-FM.

Student run media sources have an uncertain future at Western Michigan University, due to a loss of advertising revenue and university funding. Student radio station WIDR-89.1FM and student newspaper The Western Herald have launched the 'Save the Student Media Campaign' to acquire funding needed to keep the two operations alive. The groups are proposing a $5 student-assessment fee every semester, which would help keep the student media afloat.