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Death of student newspapers could thwart efforts to diversify the industry

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23.11.2020

Ben Warner is the chair of the Student Publication Association.

For many journalists, student newspaper or magazine is their first experience of something resembling a professional newsroom. Strict deadlines, the camaraderie of a tight-knit group of volunteers and the pride of publishing something – perhaps even seeing their name in print - are a priceless experience.

But as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, the opportunity for students to develop their journalistic prowess through their campus media and improve their chances of a career in the publishing sector are under threat.

At the SPA, we represent more than 125 student publications around the UK and Republic of Ireland. When we asked about how the pandemic had affected our members, there was an overwhelming consensus that they are worried about their futures.

Three quarters said they are concerned they will never print again. Just over 90 per cent are afraid funding they get from their students’ union may never be restored,........

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