“It is unreasonable to spend about 20 percent of the school budget wholly to about 50 Hanyangians.” This is a comment once made by a manager at Hanyang University(HYU) at unofficial occasion. The 50 students referred to are the members of University Press at HYU: Hanyang University Broadcasting Station(HUBS), The Hanyang Journal(The HJ), and Hanyang Newspaper. The number 50, seems like a small group of students. However, considering that all the aforementioned news organizations on campus are being operated by these 50, it is important to bear in mind that these are hard working, highly dedicated individuals who are working for the entire school.
At that time when the manager talked about the unreasonable distribution of the school budget, I wanted to proudly insist that the 20 percent of the school budget is for the benefit of all students at HYU, and obviously not merely for the 50 student staff members. However, I was reluctant to say so because there are a number of students at HYU who I find asking me, “Do we have that kind of organization at HYU?” when I mention I am working for The HJ. The fact that some students themselves are not even aware of the existence of the University Press at HYU is a serious problem, and these comments imply the seriousness of their indifference. Although the University Press has an advantage in terms of its accessibility to university students, it is arguable also that the press does not have significant influence over nor recognition by the majority of Hanyangians.
The University Press organizations should more often present views of problems that happen in society and in the universities from their own perspectives. Moreover, it is responsible of the University Press to publish or broadcast high quality articles and contents in order to attract a wider range of readers. Still, much needed is students’ interest in and support for the University Press. The value of the news shared by the University Press is directly linked to the interest and attention of its readers. Thus, students should be highly encouraged to more actively show support for the campus news media who are working tirelessly on behalf of students.