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Thursday, September 7, 1972


420 maynard

Students who find the Michi-
gan Daily on their doorstep six
mornings a week often don't re-
alize the massive human ma-
chinery that operates day and
night to push the paper to press.
Daily work is accomplished
through the combined efforts of
four separate student staffs-
editorial, business, sports, and
photography - with the help of
professional printers.
Although it is often said that

The Daily is only a student
newspaper, staff members pride
themselves on their profession-
alism and work hard to live up
to that pride.
In the midst of this profes-
sionalism, however, they are
sometimes forced to realize that
they are indeed students with
classes to pass.
. Daily finances
Business staff keeps the paper
financially soi.nd, and manages
the Daily's $335,000 annual bud-
get. Avid business staffers sell,

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lay out, and sometimes design
ads, as well as tending to sub-
scription and circulation mat-
Business staffers are mostly
people who enjoy newspaper
work, but would rather avoid
the ulcers from hastily writing
until all hours of the night. Un-
like other Daily staffs, business
people actually keep convention-
al (9 to 5) hours.
Daily business, however, has
its own demands, such as trek-
ing across town to cajole local
merchants into placing ads or
trying to console an irate sub-
scriber who did not receive that
morning's paper.
The power of the press
Edit staffers, who manage
n e w s coverage and editorial
commentary, are known to
spend hours at a typewriter
muttering "why did I join?"
For Oaily demands are many.
It takes time - edit staffers
spend on the average anywhere
from one to 14 solid hours a day
It takes effort - tracking
down stories is not always as
easy as it sounds, and writing
them up can be even worse.
It takes stamina - nobody
likes to see their brainchild
edited. beyond recognition, but
it's a rare article that remains
untouched or uncriticized.
It takes devotion - you've got
to have real dedication to spend
stretches of eight hours at a
time doing the dirty work like
proof-reading, headline writing,
and errand running, but that's
often what you do (when you're
not reporting).
In return, the Daily gives, you
power, pride, people and about
$35 a month.
The power, such as it is,
comes from being part of a
newspaper with a circulation of
10,000 and an estimated reader-
ship of 30,000. Although some
may refer to The Daily as "that
To join the Daily staff, visit
the second floor of the Student
Publications Building, 420 May-
nard St.

Daily rag," and "Dailyslant" is
a well-known word in the Uni-
versity's vocabulary, The Daily
is carefully read for the mnost
The pride, in a way, comes
from having the power, but
there's more to it than that.
The Daily, with facilities worth
$250,000, has one of the best-
equipped c o 11 e g e newspaper
shops in the country. The
Daily's printers and their super-
visor have all had years of ex-
perience, and some have owned
their own newspapers. The Daily
has won awards for typography
as well as for its reporting.
The pride comes simply from
becoming an accomplished re-
porter, covering assignments
ranging from a chat with stu-
dents to official press confer-
Reporters have been assigned
to all major anti-war and abor-
tion reform demonstrations in
Washington, to the trial of
Black Pa'nther Bobby Seale and
the Harrisburg Seven.
This year The Daily has cov-
ered the Presidential campaign,
sending a team of reporters and
photographers to cover primar-
ies in Wisconsin, Rhode Island,
California and New York, and
both political conventions.
The pride comes from having
a 2 a.m. deadline - the latest
of any paper in the state - and
occasionally "scooping" the pro-
fessional metropolitan papers
with late breaking news.
And pride comes at 3 a.m.,
watching the papers roll off the
presses and knowing you're at
least partially responsible for
sports staff
Known as the bastion of the
Fourth Down and the Home of
the Called Third Strike, the
Daily sports staff is the largest
collection of maniacal misfits,
malcontents and misanthropes
ever assembled this side of the
Ganges River. The work is fun
but fatal, and includes playing
APBA baseball, the staff's na-
tional pastime, playing spectator
to the famous wrestling matches
between the mighty Bubba Con-
strictor and the revered Gorilla
Greer, and travelling all over
the country torcover such events
as a basketball tournament at
Madison Square Garden or Port-
land, Ore., and reporting on the
Rose Bowl.,
Butwall is not work with the
sports staff. They form the most
awesome squad to ever tred on
a gridiron. Known as the Daily
Libels, the men of Maynard are
the proud owners of the world's
longest winning streak, 713
a word from the darkroom
This' being the year 126 of
4 Niepce (who invented us all) it
is appropriate that a few words
be said about photojournalists.
We are the people who con-
stantly try to answer the natural-
ly empathetic question "What
was it like?" Our search is for
the best interpretation of an

event in order to communicate
its reality.
Because of the inherent na-
ture of Ann Arbor, The Daily en-
compasses many diverse worlds.
A normal harried day might in-
clude shooting an art exhibit, an
angry fired D.J., a Chinese
forum, Allen Ginsberg doing his
OMMMs, and a hockey game. It
is an incredibly tense situation
having a mere three hours to
process everything, make con-
tact sheets, coordinate with edit
staff on the layout, and finally
print the selected negatives.
A photographer is devoid of
such journalistic friends as an-
onymity and invisibility. In an
age when computerized data
banks and wiretapping are stand-
ard acts of repression, the pho-
tographer is looked upon with
suspicion. Itis not uncommon to
be thrown out, chased W i t h
epoxy to ruin a lens, or physi-
cally assaulted when recording a
volatile event,
Alongside the J. Edgar para-
noia. is the age of racism and
sexism. Let it suffice to say that
much frustration and token revo-
lution is vented on the photog-
rapher. And consequently, the
particular nature of photojour-
nalism makes for a half-crazed
While not trying to sound ped-
antic, the photo staff is not a
place for the neophyte. The job
implicitly assumes technical
and c r e a t i v e expertise. The
strange quality of the printing
process requires expert photog-
raphy for even a mediocre rep-


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radio by students


Tired of Detroit radio stations
and their top 40 or regressive
rock formats? WCBN, the stu-
dent-run University station, of-
fers an alternative.
WCBN (89.5 FM; 650 AM) is
a carrier current station, mean-
ing it broadcasts through spe-
cial AM wires that go only to
dorms. The FM broadcast goes
out over the air to a potential
Ann Arbor audience of about
Located in the basement of
the Student Activities Building,
WCBN dates back to the 1940's
when each quad had its own
station. These combined to
form the Campus Broadcasting
Network - thus the call letters
CBN. In 1965, with a grant
from the University, WCBN

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moved to their present location
and expanded.
As for the FM station, "It
was a dream of WCBN for
many years," says- Program Di-
rector Stuart Goldberg. The
University Regents finally ap-
proved plans in May, 1971.
The station works on a block
programming format - certain
hours of each day are marked
off for specific types of ,music.
WCBN-AM has in the past
offered a mixture of current
popular, progressive rock and'
oldies. This fall, programming
will largely be determined by
information gathered f r o i
opinion surveys handed out to
incoming freshmen at summer
WCBN-FM, which started
broadcasting just last January,
will be in stereo in time for fall.
, It's programming, like AM, is
r not yet set. But Goldberg says
that black programming will
probably receive prime time-
evening airing because of its
In addition, FM carries live
folk, often by performers from
the 1 o c a 1 Ark coffeehouse.
Broadway soundtracks, classi-
cal, blues, jazz and rock music
can also be heard.
Last year's oldies show was
Iespecially popular, bringing lis-
teners back to the "glory that
was Grease." In fact, WCBN co-
sponsored the .all-campus sock
hop at the end of last winter
WCBN-FM and AM request
phone lines - 761-3500 and
763-3500 respectively - give
students an evengreater chance
to hear what they want.
This fall, Goldberg says, the

AM station will be a "campus
information station that peo-
ple will be able to tune in to
find out what's going on at the
University at any time."
In line with this new view of
the AM station, and the fact
that the FM station is licensed
as "class D" educational by the
FCC, WCBN plans to expand
its news operation._
"For the first time this fall,"
Goldberg says, "we're going to
have a Campus Information
Last year, WCBN's public
service department ran shows
on Gay Liberation, Radicales-
bians, and birth control and
The b 1 a c k programming,
sports, news, and engineering
departments welcome new stu-
dents. "The black programming
department produces a show
called "Black Edition" which
deals with the whole black
question in society," Goldberg
in P rin -t
A variety of publications are,
to be found in Ann Arbor . . .
just waiting for your readership
and writing contributions.
Other than the Daily, news-
oriented publications include:
-The Michigan Journalist,
published 8 times annually by
both graduate and undergradu-
ate University journalism stu-
dents. The twelve-page maga-
zine prints mostly feature stor-
ies and investigative reporting
pieces, and is available free of
charge at the Journalism de-
partment office in 2040 LSA
-The University Record, pub-
lished weekly by the University,
offers- t h e administration's
point of view on various issues
and contains feature stories on
Oniversity programs, as well as
a calendar of local events. The
University Record is distributed

Dept. Course No. Class No.

If you have an ambition to
be a disc jockey, WCBN is the
place to start. Students fill out
a form for the training pro-
gram, meet the chief announc-
er, and are scheduled for use of
the training facilities.
Trainees learn the mechanics
of the station and work on their
presentation before cutting and
submitting tapes for review and
When a trainee's tapes are ap-
proved by the disc jockey ad-
visory committee, he or she re-
ceives regular scheduled time on
the air. Training for newscast-
ers is similar.
Goldberg notes that WCBN
will be doing "remotes" this
fall. All the equipment and
records needed to do a regular
show are transported to a par-
ticular dorm's main lounge.
The disc jockey does the actual
programming from that dorm,
hopefully provoking student in-
terest in the radio station as




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