Students at Falmouth University and the University of Exeter, Cornwall campuses, have this week launched a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to ensure the survival of their student newspaper, The Falmouth Anchor.
The free, student-led publication has faced financial troubles since May after receiving the news that it would not be awarded the next academic year’s Annual Fund from the University of Exeter, which had contributed significant funding since the paper’s creation in 2015.
Current sources of income for The Falmouth Anchor include membership fees and advertising from local businesses. They are also affiliated to Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (FXU) as a society and as such receive some additional funding, which has provided the newspaper with the equivalent of one and a half editions each year since it was established.
With the available funding unable to pay for the monthly production of the publication, and with support from the University of Exeter withdrawn, the team of students behind The Falmouth Anchor have been forced to look to alternative methods to find the necessary funds for their student newspaper.
As the only student newspaper in Cornwall, Editor-in-Chief, Matt Solomons, believes that The Falmouth Anchor plays an important role in contributing to the student experience at Falmouth University and the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campuses:
“The Falmouth Anchor contributes massively to the student experience here in Cornwall”, he says. “Not only is a student newspaper a staple of any university, but we provide students with a platform to express their beliefs, showcase their talents and increase their employability working on an up-and-coming publication."
"Another function of the newspaper is creating ties with the local community in Penryn, Falmouth and Truro, which promotes greater transparency and co-operation between the locals and students.
“I would hate to see The Falmouth Anchor be forced to end print production and believe the student experience would suffer as a result”.
Those who wish to support The Falmouth Anchor can find their crowdfunding page here, with all donors eligible for selected rewards, including merchandising, subscriptions and sponsorship opportunities.