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The Flyer student newspaper has been serving the Salisbury University community for over 45 years. Standing as an opportunity for students of all interests, it is our goal to enlighten and inform the roughly 10,000 students, faculty and staff of SU.
We aim to not only deliver reliable news and media, but foster an atmosphere of student discussion, advocacy and involvement.
The Flyer can be picked up in all major academic and campus buildings of Salisbury University. The Flyer is free.
Letters to the Editor are welcomed and encouraged. Students, please include your name and class. Faculty members, please include your department. Letters should be no longer than 400 words. The Flyer reserves the right to refrain from publishing any text. Please email your letter as an attachment to Olivia Ballmann, editor-in-chief, at email@example.com, or in person at Office 125-M in GSU’s Student Activities Center. Deadline for submission is Friday at 5 p.m. Please email letters subjected “Letter to the Editor.”
The Flyer is published once monthly during regular school semesters. Each print is produced by the Delaware Printing Company of Dover, Del. A total of 800 copies are distributed.
The Flyer strives for accuracy and corrects its errors immediately. If you believe The Flyer has printed a factual error, please email us.
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If interested in advertising with The Flyer, please contact our ad manager. Rates per ad vary depending on size and medium. The price breakdown for web and print ads is as follows:
WEB – Banner: $150.00; Block: $120.00; Base: $100.00. Contracts for web ads are two weeks in length, after which they may be renewed for additional two-week terms. Web ads may be linked to an advertiser's webpage or social media account.
Web ads are positioned throughout the home page of this site. A total of six ads, including one banner, three block and two base are available on a first come, first serve basis.
PRINT – Full-page: $750.00 ($680 for multiple runs); Half-page: $375 ($340 for multiple runs); 1/3-page: $265 ($240 for multiple runs); 1/4-page: $200 ($180 for multiple runs); 1/8-page: $70 ($60 for multiple runs). Black-and-white options are also available.
Final page dimensions after bleed are 20 1/4in H x 11 1/4in W. All ads must be delivered electronically in a .jpeg, .png or .pdf file format (PDF preferred). Ads may also be edited or fully created for a $20.00 design fee, upon timely request.
Early contractual ad cancellations may be subject to penalty. See our Advertising Rate Card below for more information.
The Flyer is located in the Guerrieri Student Union’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL), Office 125-M, across from Chick-fil-A. Office tel.: (410) 543-6058. If a member of The Flyer staff is not available, please see the student desk assistant for further information.
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Interested in joining? Students of Salisbury University, regardless of major or class, are welcome to join The Flyer. As a student organization, we are committed to providing equal opportunity involvement to better the SU student experience. Join us at our weekly meetings to get started.
FALL 2020: Sundays, 7 p.m., over Zoom.
If you are new to journalism, we kindly ask that you familiarize yourself with AP style and formatting. But don’t worry, we’ve made it pretty straightforward. Please consult the link to download a copy of our introductory AP style guide.
To begin the application process, please download and complete a copy of our Application for Employment. Follow all directions as advised and submit your completed copy on time to a proper staff member.
The Flyer's first issue was released to the Salisbury University community on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1973. The organization was originally established as a funded body of the university's Student Government Association, providing valuable articles to students and faculty.
The Flyer was not, however, SU's first student newspaper. Its ancestral beginnings can be traced to The Holly Leaf (1925-1970) and The Informer (1971-1973) publications. Reason for The Informer's discontinuation was absent adherence to SGA protocol. When the organization applied for student activities funding, it was required to dissolve and rename. The Flyer has since become SU's longest-running, officially recognized student news group.
Original topic sections included news, editorials, entertainment, features and sports. Students of the inaugural staff were Editor-in-Chief Luis Luna; Editorials editor Steve Taylor; Features editor Cliff Wilce; Sports editor Ron MacCleod; Entertainment editor Bob Grossman; Circulation manager Peter Platky; Business and Advertising manager Sue Bartlett; Photography editor Phil Cartright; and staff reporters Cathy Clagett, Mike Coleman, Dave English, Debbie Owens, Boyd Pusey and Bruce Wade. Staff and writers were originally unpaid, as the paper's only organizational expense charged to the activities budget was the cost of printing 10, 8-page issues per academic year.
The publication's early years documented vast change and growth, a time which has since been described as a "golden era" for the development of campus identity. Headlines included the opening of SU's first co-ed residence hall in 1972, acquisition of East Campus in 1976 and construction of Maggs Physical Activities Center in 1977. By the late-1970s, student enrollment had reached nearly 5,000, forcing a temporary hold on expansion due to insufficient campus facilities. Other stories from that time included coverage of campus drainage issues, lack of parking and numerous talks of a Salisbury-UMES merger.
The Flyer was published twice monthly over the following 40 years, with the exception of summer breaks. Eventually, the paper earned its status as member of SU's "Big Six," providing paid extracurricular opportunities for students alongside SGA, WXSU student radio, Student Organization for Activity Planning (SOAP), Appropriations Board and Saferide.
Online circulation for the paper became dominant in the early-2000s with the founding of theSUFlyer.com. An attempt to create a full-fledged smartphone app was successfully made in 2013, but abandoned shortly thereafter due to lack of campus adoption.
An editorial from April 1978 by former Editor-in-Chief Joan Stack describes the team spirit that is still alive today at The Flyer.
"A student newspaper is only good as its volunteers; it can't 'buy' talent, interest or commitment ... quality editors, writers and production people have steadily improved the content of this newspaper. None of them have expected, though all have deserved, special recognition of their efforts."
The former chief added, "What can I say to people who will work until three, four, five o'clock in the morning on a Tuesday when they all have 8 a.m. classes? ... Editorial board members who can be found slaving away at their typewriters in The Flyer office till all hours of the night, and even through some of their classes, who have consistently put the welfare of the paper above almost any other considerations and who can always find (or make) the time to do an extra story, follow up a lead or make it to a Friday afternoon Happy Hour (usually well-deserved and desperately needed)."
Students, many of whom have other jobs and campus involvements, continue to place the success of the paper first; creating an environment of shared dedication comparable to any other campus activity.
Today, The Flyer reaches campus stands once every month, appearing in full-color newsprint. TheSUFlyer.com continues to deliver quality content for an increasingly technological-dependent society.
We as a staff find it our mission to build upon the legacy of our predecessors, crafting content for future generations of Sea Gulls independently, without interference of collegiate administration and governing student bodies.
Pictured: The first issue of The Flyer (middle), evolution of the paper's masthead throughout the 1970s (above).