Iowa town/gown news war ends p.16

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By: Editorial Staff The Ames, Iowa, newspaper war that came to symbolize the growing tension nationally between community papers and increasingly sophisticated and self-confident college papers is over.
One week before the Iowa Supreme Court was scheduled to hear their appeal arguments, The Daily Tribune and the Iowa State Daily reached a final settlement stemming from the Tribune's charges that Iowa State University and the student paper were competing unfairly by using taxpayer-provided subsidies, operating with professional managers, and blocking the community paper's access to the campus while distributing copies, selling ads, and marketing aggressively in the community at large.
Partnership Press, owner of the 10,000 paid-circulation evening Tribune, won in court on its charges that the paper's publication board was a state entity subject to the Iowa Open Records law and that the university's policy on on-campus newspaper distribution was unconstitutional. The Daily, a 14,000 free-distribution paper paid by student fees, appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.
Under the settlement, the student paper agrees to limit its distribution nearly entirely to the campus and an adjoining business strip known as Campustown. The paper also agreed to use only students in advertising sales and not to market the paper off-campus. It also agreed to pay about $54,000 in Partnership Press' legal costs.

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