After years of financial mismanagement, the student newspaper at UC Davis (aka Berkeley-lite) was going out of print. Rather than merely go to an online format, some good statist students decided to try to compel all students to support the paper financially with an additional student fee, notwithstanding the fact that Davis already had the highest student fees in the UC system. An election was held, the fee passed, but it was shortly thereafter invalidated by a student committee due to "election irregularities".
In late spring there was talk of a good capitalist solution--a local newspaper would print the Aggie in exchange for advertising revenue.
And that's where our story picks up today:
The longer UC Davis’ student newspaper remains out of print, the more difficult it seems to revive the nearly century-old institution on paper.I don't understand why it's any less of a public forum because trees aren't cut down, but whatever.
The California Aggie stopped printing newspapers in March after years of financial mismanagement, and student leaders have looked for ways to resume circulation ever since. The Aggie’s latest attempt to partner with a local newspaper publisher has fallen flat, with none submitting proposals to print the Aggie twice weekly in exchange for advertising revenue.
The publication continues to post campus news online. But editor-in-chief Muna Sadek said the physical presence of the paper on campus news racks is what makes the institution valuable.
“People use the Aggie as a watchdog, and it serves as a voice for people,” she said. “It’s a public forum.”
Most recently, in May, the Aggie was close to reaching a pact with the Vacaville Reporter in which the Digital First Media property would print the Aggie in exchange for all advertising revenue. But the Aggie stopped negotiations and decided to pursue an open bidding process at the suggestion of UC Davis officials, according to Sadek.I should sell that individual some pixie dust and unicorn farts.
Sadek, working with university officials, last month put out a “request for proposal” for printing papers and selling advertising. The Aggie is betting that a local publisher will bail out the paper so it can resume printing twice a week by its centennial next year. But no bids have arrived, and the deadline has been extended to Jan. 26.
“I’m hopeful that we will get a handful of great offers,” said Sadek, adding that she had reached out personally to several local publishers, including the Vacaville Reporter and The Sacramento Bee.
A USC journalism professor is quoted as saying the "paper" should pursue its online presence and include a mobile app--which would be ideal given the target audience's demographic. But no, that's not where the editor wants to go:
If the contract fails to garner any offers, the future of the Aggie could be in jeopardy, Sadek warned, though she remained optimistic about the prospects of finding a reliable partner.To paraphrase Darth Vader, "The liberalism is strong with this one."
“I really don’t think this will fail,” Sadek said. “Worst case scenario is we revisit the (student) referendum process.”
Muna, let me be clear: people don't want your product. You have lost out in the marketplace. Accept this decision gracefully and move on. Stop trying to force people to purchase your product. Crony capitalism isn't really capitalism, it's more like fascism. You don't want to be a fascist, do you?