StudLife is mainly funded through advertising revenue for our print and digital content. The University also pays a publisher's fee each year to ensure the continued operation of the paper, but we do not receive funding from Student Union. Under a formal agreement between the University and StudLife's publisher, Washington University Student Media, Inc., the administration has no say in what we publish.
Washington University Student Media Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that has, since 1999, served as publisher of StudLife. WUSMI was created to oversee StudLife's finances and to serve in an advisory capacity on editorial matters. The board chooses the editor-in-chief in consultation with the current staff. Final decisions about what to publish lie with the editor, but WUSMI board members are available for consultation and often serve as a sounding board. Members of the 15-member board include many WU and StudLife alumni, many of whom work in journalism professionally, as well as administrative, faculty and students representatives from the WU community.
Print media puts a strain on the environment, so we try to be as sustainable as possible in our production process. Our printer prints on recycled paper, uses soy inks and recycles all plates, cardboard and paper. StudLife relies upon our print editions for advertising revenue to support production costs like rent, website hosting and staff stipends, so we cannot completely cut out the print edition. Also, many community members prefer to read the paper in print! If you have questions about StudLife’s work to be conscious of our environmental impact, email our general manager, Adrienne Coleman, at [email protected]
StudLife distributes 5,000 copies of the print edition each issue, including to Washington University residential halls and stands across the Danforth and Medical campuses and in nearby University City and the Central West End.
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