Student Media

11:53 am
Sun April 28, 2013

WMU student media fee a trendsetter?

Sidewalk sign urges support for WMU's student media fee
Credit 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.

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11:04 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Western Herlad, WIDR-FM Launch 'Save Student Media Campaign' at Western Michigan University

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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.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The media industry's well-documented struggles in recent years have spread to the Western Michigan University campus. If a new source of funding isn't found, both the Western Herald and WIDR-FM (89.1) could disappear from campus, said student heads of both organizations.