We owe you an explanation
Published: Monday, October 22, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 21:10
The issue: Newsweek is saying goodbye to print editions
Our stance: Newspapers need to get with the times
Newsweek announced that the publication will be going solely digital at the beginning of 2013. This really says something for the trends of the journalism industry. Print edition sales have been declining for quite a while, since the rise of digital media and people being able to post whatever they want about all of their hearts desires on the Internet. It’s time for newspapers to get on that bandwagon.
Most newspapers have a website, and any large-scale newspaper out there posts much more content on its website than it does in the print edition. This is something that those of us at The Chronicle should be learning about the journalism business. Many people read “newspapers” on their tablets, cell phones and laptops rather than in print form.
This will be the second issue of The Chronicle on our new production schedule, where the newspaper is printed every two weeks. Part of the reasoning for this major change in printing is directly in line with the idea of newspapers going digital. Yes, it is important to have a print newspaper, but it is just as important to keep up with the trends of the journalism business if we want to stay afloat.
The Chronicle has not utilized its website in the best way possible in the recent past, but we are about to start. You, as readers, will see more content posted on pucchronicle.com as the newspaper is only published in print every other week. This is not in order to give readers less timely information. Hopefully it will be possible for our readers to get in the habit of checking our website as well as our Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates on the PUC campus.
We will stay true to our mission as watchdogs of the university to inform, train and entertain students across campus with journalistic practices, but in order to do this we need to be able to put out the absolute best product possible.
Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown said it best, “In our judgment, we have reached a tipping point at which we can most efficiently and effectively reach our readers in all-digital format. This was not the case just two years ago. It will increasingly be the case in the years ahead.”