NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The future of The Daily Targum is unclear after the student body failed to pass a referendum funding the independent student-run newspaper that has been serving the Rutgers community since 1869.
The newspaper is student-written and student-managed and covers the news and events throughout the school. The paper's reporters and photographers cover everything from the university's administration to its student organizations and sports teams.
Since gaining its independence from the university in 1980, the paper has published five days a week during the fall and spring semesters. In recent years, it has a developed Dailytargum.com.
While The Daily Targum generates revenue through ads and support from alumni, it is mainly funded by students whose tuition included a refundable $11.25 fee.
Not enough students voted to continue the $11.25 student fee during a recent campus referendum. Students are asked every three years to reaffirm their support.
At least 25 percent fo the students must support the fee for Rutgers to keep charging students to support the newspaper.
According to a statement issued by members of the Daily Targum on social media, "We do not know what the future holds, but the Targum Publishing Company's Board of Trustees and staff will be working to address this funding crisis. The Daily Targum thanks the students, faculty, staff and administrators who supported referendum this year and will continue to serve the Rutgers community."