Auburn Plainsman, university’s student newspaper, prints final edition; goes online only

Feb 25, 2021 by

Auburn University’s student newspaper is moving online.

The Auburn Plainsman, the student newspaper at Auburn University, has printed its final weekly edition and will move to an online publication.

“Going forward, the vast majority of our time and effort will be focused on producing content for our website, our podcasts, our videos, our newsletter and our social media accounts,” Jack West, editor-in-chief, said in a Thursday morning column.

West said the newspaper reached a “breaking point” during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, along with its subsequent economic crisis, has put an immense amount of stress on, among many things, local news organizations. We have not been immune,” West said. “The lack of foot traffic, the overall cost of printing and the general trend of the journalism industry have consistently challenged us to justify our weekly schedule.”

However, West said the staff also recognized that many readers already accessed the product digitally and that the change will better prepare staffers for a modern workplace.

“By focusing on interactive and digital elements, we intend to give them opportunities to develop the journalistic skills that will benefit them after they’ve walked across the stage,” he wrote.

The Plainsman has been the student newspaper for Alabama Polytechnic Institute and later Auburn University since 1922.

Source: Auburn Plainsman, university’s student newspaper, prints final edition; goes online only – al.com

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