Higher education cuts felt back home

State College Board members decided to do away with DSU’s journalism course and the student newspaper’s regular print edition as part of an effort to reduce expenses and plug budget gaps. In addition to discontinuing the popular journalism program, a move opposed by many, no longer will students be able to major at Delta State University in contemporary foreign languages or communications and theatre studies. During her ten years at DSU, Roberts says the program has generated support that funded journalism scholarships and the creation of it’s teaching facility with an online lab. She’ll spend another year in Cleveland but after that could start a non-profit to help young journalists that could at the same time provide paid talent for area media outlets. The Statement student newspaper cost $500 an issue to print, which is budgeted to continue through the Fall. In January 2016, the very popular 83 year old publication will only be available online.

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