Student Media Financial Survival Strategies

Student media is in a financial crisis. If your student newsroom is facing budget cuts, loss of ad revenue, transitioning away from print or you just want to educate yourself, these resources are for you. While some of the resources target either high school or college, the strategies and guidance can be easily translated for any kind of student media.

Financial sustainability for student media is crucial to SPLC’s mission — to support, promote and defend the First Amendment rights of student journalists and their advisers. SPLC has always focused on legal questions and issues of overt or indirect censorship, including unlawful budget cuts, and we will continue to do so. However, the current economic climate forces us to be more proactive about how we can support, promote and defend the very existence and survival of student journalism itself. Securing the short- mid- and long-term financial viability of student media speaks to broader issues of civic engagement and democracy.

If you have additional ideas about how SPLC can help during these tumultuous times, please reach out to SPLC Director of Engagement Diana Mitsu Klos at dmk@splc.org.

And, as always, if you have any legal questions, please contact SPLC’s free legal hotline

Strategies for

High School

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Strategies for

College

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  • Student Media Budget (And Program) Cut Tracker - Thank you for reporting any budget-related or other cuts to your student media program. This information will help the Student Press Law Center and other journalism education groups identify and respond to similar cuts to programs across the country.

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