Last year, the price of the NYT Readership Program went up substantially. The WSA approached the administration departments who are currently helping us pay for the program and asked if they’d join us in increasing the budget for the program so that we could keep the delivery at the same level. We also approached new departments.
Unfortunately, the program was not a high enough priority in the context of ongoing budget reductions; not only did the administration refuse to meet our budget increase, but they also decided to completely withdraw their support for next year.
The WSA decided that for the current year we would retain the higher delivery quantity through the election to meet increased demand, and then pay the price later with a severely reduced delivery. That time has come, and as of November 17 we have only been receiving half as many papers as we received during the election.
The WSA is still committed to this program, and in the email I sent out this morning, I asked you to contact me if you are interested in saving it. We are in the early stages of planning a potential solution that we will need your help on next semester, so please do send me an email. My address is scarlin@wes.
In the meantime, you can read the New York Times online at nytimes.com. It’s free and paperless.
-Saul Carlin ’09, WSA veep