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AU student newspaper switches to weekly tab

Jenna Johnson

Financial difficulties have pushed the American University student newspaper, the Eagle, to publish just one day a week instead of two this school year.

"While the change is generally unpleasant for The Eagle staff, we hope that printing only once a week will present new opportunities for The Eagle to improve," said editor in chief Charlie Szold in a letter to readers Sunday.

Instead of a traditional broadsheet paper, the Eagle is switching to a tabloid format, which Szold says will give designers more creative freedom. The paper will publish most Tuesdays and will now be delivered by Eagle staffers, rather than an outside service, which should save the paper another "whopping $10,000," according to the letter. The weekly paper will feature more in-depth reporting and more thorough articles, Szold wrote.

Plus, the staff plans to update its Web site constantly each day with breaking and general news stories.

"Instead of focusing most of The Eagle staff's efforts on filling newsprint, we can now focus on doing our primary task -- informing the AU community," Szold wrote.

To read Szold's full letter, click here.

By Jenna Johnson  |  August 20, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Campus Media  | Tags: American  
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A paper copy of a college newspaper?

Why don't they just have the monk make a copy on parchment for the one student who isn't online.


Posted by: horsec | August 21, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree with the post above. Get rid of the paper. All it is good for is wrapping fish and as filler for landfills. What kind of an educational facility has students who AREN'T about to obtain the same information online? And for people in the community/alums that (god forbid) don't have access to the internet, they can go to a library and look at it on the web too. It's a total waste of time, energy and money to produce newsprint now adays.

Posted by: changingfaces | August 21, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

WHY did they ever issue a paper twice a week, anyway? For a school the size of AU, once a week for a paper edition is enough!

Posted by: alum | August 21, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"The American University Eagle. All the News that Fits."

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | August 21, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

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