Do you support continued funding of $1.69* (of which $0.42 is for return to aid, $0.08 is for a 7% administrative assessment collected on all non-capital expenditures, $0.01 is for the 1% AS recharge fee, $1.19 will go to TBL) per AS/UCSB Membership per quarter (fall, winter, spring) for The Bottom Line?

Pro Statements

The Bottom Line (TBL) is a student-run, student-funded newspaper at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). TBL provides an independent printed and online space for journalism that engages UCSB and the community. Our mission is to provide reliable reporting, offer an outlet for student voices, and serve as a primary training ground for aspiring student journalists, writers, photographers, artists, and videographers.

What TBL will do for UCSB next year:

Improve student accessibility to investigative news and essential information by expanding our multimedia services (e.g our video team, The Line) and increasing our social media presence on our digital platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tiktok).
Provide opportunities for students to learn professional writing skills through individualized training and practical application.
Facilitate networking with other student publications and industry professionals at journalism conferences and TBL alumni seminars.
Engage the UCSB community by sparking discussions on meaningful topics such as houselessness in Isla Vista, Indigenous land sovereignty, and student and labor rights.
Ensure that UCSB always has a choice in media outlets and that underrepresented students on campus will always have a voice.

TBL continues to be unique as an alternative news source, providing clear, concise, and unbiased news coverage for students, faculty, and staff at UCSB, as well as local community members. Your contribution of $1.19 per quarter — $3.57 for the entire year — will keep TBL safe from budget cuts that threaten our printed presence on campus.

Con Statements

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