PAW’s Future: An Agreement

Marc Fisher
Princeton Alumni Weekly, December 2021 Issue

Excerpt: A letter to readers from our board chair

The Princeton Alumni Weekly will remain, as its title page promises, “an editorially independent magazine by alumni for alumni.”
When I last wrote to PAW readers over the summer, the future of the magazine was in question. The University announced earlier this year that it intended for the first time to take on full responsibility for funding the magazine, which has been a University department for more than two decades. This would be a sharp change from the existing revenue model, which depends on class dues from alumni and advertising income, as well as a University subsidy. Under the new arrangement, University officials told PAW’s independent board members, Princeton would no longer guarantee the magazine’s editorial independence.
To PAW’s board members, journalists, and a remarkable number of alumni who expressed their support, this was cause for alarm. Now, I’m pleased to report that the editorial independence that built PAW’s reputation will remain in place, guaranteed by a new memo of understanding between Princeton President Chris Eisgruber ’83 and me on behalf of PAW’s board (which includes alumni who work in media as well as representatives of the Alumni Council and of the University faculty and administration.)