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Monday, August 16, 2004
Daily Cal Considering Financial Changes
After speaking with a well placed source at the Daily Cal (who in proper gender neutrality, shall be called Alex), I have some interesting information to report.
Alex tells me that the Daily Cal is considering possible pay cuts next year for writers and staffers. This is in no way a formulated plan, just a trial balloon to gauge the reaction from those people who work for the Daily Cal. The basic issue is that the Daily Cal is currently using very outdated equipment (their computers are 5 years old), and that makes it quite difficult to put out a quality paper. They also cannot afford to produce a paper as "nice" as many other big schools, which incorporate more color and other features.
My feeling, echoed by the source, is that those people who write for the Daily Cal are not doing it for the money, and they are paid very little for the articles they do write.
The reason for this post is not only to make note of the financial situation of the Daily Cal, but to invite those who are involved with the paper to have your opinions heard.
*Would you work for free in exchange for new computers and a higher quality paper?
*Rather find someone far away from campus to move to, so you could get cheaper rent than the ASUC building and save money that way?
*Would a ten percent pay cut be acceptable for editor's positions, or is that too much?
Daily Cal staffers, make your voices heard. Feel free to post anonymously, and spread the word to all the writers and the editors that this is an opportunity for them to help direct the course of their paper. Anyone else with any opinions on the Daily Cal is welcome to comment here as well.
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