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21st March 2014
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Leeds University Union’s Activities Officer has addressed claims that the Leeds Student is to cease printing, saying that “funding has not been cut” and that the newspaper “is not facing closure.”

Posting on the Leeds University Union (LUU) website, Greg Sturge wrote that the Leeds Student “receives more direct support from the Union than any other club or society. The LS paper costs about £40,000 per year to produce. The Union provides £20K a year in financial support... None of this funding has been cut, it has been provided in full measure.”

A report in the Leeds Student today claimed that the paper was to stop printing due to lack of funds and a cash crisis within the union.

Sturge goes on to say that the paper is “currently on-track to generate the same amount as advertising as we did last year – approx £17K.” He then adds that the £5,200 shortfall cited as the reason for printing being halted is “based on the inflated targets that they (Leeds Student staff) hoped to meet. These targets were not agreed by the Union, as they always maintained that whilst reaching the same levels of advertising as last year was realistic, increasing it within this financial climate was not.”

He finishes by pointing out that the Leeds Student website, which has a larger readership than the printed edition, will continue to operate throughout the year, and that “the final edition of LS may yet be able to print – not being due until after Easter, there is over a month in which we will be able to work together to find sponsorship that allows the final issue to go ahead.”

A petition calling on LUU to provide the remaining £5,200 has gained over 800 signatures today, and support has come on twitter from Leeds alumni and journalists including The Observer’s Jay Raynor.

Leeds Student responded to Sturge’s article on their Facebook page:


 

 

 

 

 

 

Read our original piece on the story here.

Sturge’s full response can be seen on the LUU website.




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