The Daily Targum, Rutgers student newspaper, starts GoFundMe campaign


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Rutgers University Secretary Kimberlee Pastva explains symbolism behind graduation robes and attire.
Amy Newman, NorthJersey

The Daily Targum, Rutgers University’s student-run independent newspaper, started a donation campaign to raise $100,000 after students didn’t show enough support to continue funding it.

“For all those reaching out to support us, thank you,” The Daily Targum shared on Twitter Thursday as it announced its campaign on the GoFundMe website. “150 years of student journalism are being drastically changed right now, but we will continue to serve the Rutgers community.”

By 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, the paper had raised $2,334.

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The Daily Targum holds a student vote every three years which determines whether the paper can receive revenue through student fees. To receive the money, the paper needs support from at least 25 percent of eligible student voters at the eight schools on the Rutgers New Brunswick campuses.

But during last month’s vote, the paper did not receive enough votes, largely because too few students actually voted.

Of the 23,996 eligible voters, only 6,578 participated. There were 4,461 votes for the referendum measure and 2,117 against it. At each school, there were more votes in favor of the funding the paper than against it, but not enough students voted to reach the minimum requirement of 25 percent.

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Prior to 1980, when the paper declared its independence, the Daily Targum was funded by the university. Most of the paper’s revenue now comes through the student fees, which totals $11.25 on each student’s semester term bills.

Students had the option during the semester to request a refund of the fee.

While the vote for funding has previously failed to pass in some schools, also known as “voting units,” this was the first time it failed to pass at all of the university’s schools on its five New Brunswick campuses.

Supporters and alumni of the student-run paper have spoken out on social media, encouraging people to donate to keep the paper going. 

Fellow college newspaper, The Montclarion at Montclair State University, also shared support on Twitter for the paper.

University spokesman Neal Buccino said earlier this week the school would try to provide support the paper needs.

“Rutgers-New Brunswick values a free press as an important voice in the university community and is disheartened to learn of the referendum results,” Buccino said in a statement on Tuesday. “Student Affairs staff is contacting the Targum’s student leadership to learn how the university can support their next steps to ensure the news outlet remains a relevant part of the Rutgers experience.”

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Rutgers University Secretary Kimberlee Pastva leads the graduation procession carrying the mace. The mace bears symbolism important to the school.
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