Colorado State to Cede Control of Student Newspaper

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By: E&P Staff

Student newspaper the Rocky Mountain Collegian, which last year printed the controversial “F— Bush” editorial, will soon no longer be run by Colorado State University.

On Tuesday, Colorado State’s board of governors approved a restructuring plan under which Student Media — which includes the Collegian as well as College Avenue Magazine, radio station KCSU, and television station CTV — will operate as a non-profit.

The Rocky Mountain Collegian made national headlines last September when it headlined one of its editorials, “Taser this ? F— Bush.” The University did not mention the editorial when announcing its decision, but did note that it had begun considering this step in 2005.

“This reorganization follows a national trend toward large universities managing student newspapers and broadcast media through independent, non-profit organizations,” the school said in a statement.

Under the new agreement between the university and Student Media, the latter will receive an annual fee of $500,000 for the purchase of television and audio broadcast services, as well as Collegian and College Avenue subscriptions. Student media also will provide educational opportunities for 350 print and broadcast journalism students.

Other universities with non-profit student media organizations include the University of Northern Colorado, Michigan State University, Iowa State University, University of Illinois, University of California, North Carolina University and University of Texas.

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