Media news round-up: UC student paper hopes to raise fees to support paper; Murdoch gets big check from Australian treasury
The students at the University of California, Davis may lose their nearly 100 year old college newspaper unless they agree to increase student fees to support the paper. Students will vote online this week to raise fees $3.50 per quarter to fund the paper, which has reduced its print schedule to once a week.
The paper was founded in 1915 as The Daily Agricola, reporting on student activities at the university known for its agricultural emphasis. UC Davis is known for its excellent Department of Viticulture & Enology.
Should the student initiative fail, and The California Aggie close, UC Davis would be the only UC school without a student newspaper.
The Mercury News this weekend reported on the award given by the Society of Professional Journalists to the student newspaper at Saratoga High, a Silcon Valley high school. The award followed an investigation into claims that a student committed suicide after photos of the student were circulated in an apparent case of teen cyberbullying.
The student journalists, though, suspected that the claims were not true. Their story, in the Falcon newspaper, refuted the claims, stating that there was no evidence to support the rumors.
“You don’t come out of this with a badge or an award,” one of the student journalists told Julia Prodis Sulek of the Mercury News. “It was such a serious issue, to say we came out triumphant would be inappropriate and offensive because there are no winners.”
The Australian government gave News Corp $880 million in cash following the Murdoch media company winning a dispute with the Australian Taxation Office last year. The dispute involved tax deductions the media company claimed that the government agency disputed… but lost.
The money will be split between News Corp and 21st Century Fox, now that the company has split into two entities.
The deductions occurred during a time when News Corp was struggling with debt and its expansion into the US and UK. News Corp claimed deductions due to currency fluctuations. The tax office objected to the claims as no money was actually transferred in the deals, but the Federal Court found in Murdoch’s favor in July of last year.
The payout blows a hole in the Australian budget, wiping out most of the savings the government’s treasurer, Joe Hockey, was able to announce in December.
Breitbart News, the right-wing news organization named after its founder, Andrew Breitbart, will be expanding to Europe, according to the NYT. The media entity that includes Bog Government, Big Hollywood, and Big Journalism, its three main targets, will be hoping to bring its unique brand of journalism to Europe to support the fledgling Tea Party movement there.
Despite the expansion, Andrew Breitbart, the NYT reported, remains very much dead.