The Move to One Student Media Board

During the upcoming academic year,  representatives from the BCA and the Board of Publications (BOP), their programs, and their advisors will be meeting to give shape to a new entity — a single student media board.  This media board will oversee  KTUH and UHProductions as well as BOP’s  Ka Leo, the campus newspaper, and Hawaii Review, the campus literary magazine, as well as Ka Leo advertising.

At a BOP strategic planning meeting in January 2012, BOP members and guests from BCA and UHProductions, committed to moving forward to bring student-funded media programs under one board.

What followed this decision was the creation of a Working Group to research the best practices, nationwide, of single media boards.  From this information, the committee developed a list of pros and cons for creating a single board and then formulated recommendations about the feasibility and desirability of having one  board for UHM’s student-funded media programs.

The Working Group consulted internally by presenting recommendations to the BCA and BOP boards and then held an open public forum to share recommendations and gather feedback, particularly from the programs that would be impacted.   The programs’ main concerns were maintaining autonomy of the programs, especially in regard to programming decisions;  keeping separate  the revenue streams for each program; and ensuring the the new board would be fully informed about and supportive of the programs.

At their  final board meetings in Spring 2012, the BOP and the BCA approved the move toward the one media board.

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