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August 06, 2015

Alumni Donors Step In to Rescue Storied U-Va. Student Newspaper

When the University of Virginia's student newspaper found itself facing the loss of its office space because of debts, alumni responded quickly with a surge of donations to support the 125-year-old Cavalier Daily, The Washington Post reports.

The editor-in-chief, Julia Horowitz, said the university had informed the paper that unless the paper could pledge to pay back rent of $55,000 by Aug. 5, the Cavalier's staff of 100 would have to move into a space of only 380 square feet — a fifth the size of its present office. Alumni stepped in with a flood of donations, including one offer to match $20,000 in contributions.

Ms. Horowitz said she believed donors responded because of the paper's storied history and its coverage of tough issues on campus that have drawn wide media attention, including sensational rape allegations. Like many newspapers, the Cavalier has increasingly shifted toward digital publishing but has not found a way to make up for lost revenue from print ads.