Cutbacks affect school newspapers, too
It looks like big city dailies aren’t the only newspapers struggling during tough economic times. The Oracle, produced by students on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, has announced it no longer will publish on Fridays.
Editor in Chief Candace Braun blamed the cutback on lower ad sales and reduced readership on Fridays since fewer students are on campus. But readers needn’t worry about missing anything, Braun says.
“Should something happen on campus — whether it’s Friday, Saturday or Sunday — expect the full scoop at usforacle.com,” she wrote in an Oracle opinion piece published Monday, the first day of fall classes. “Just because we’re not printing that day doesn’t mean we’re not working. We’re just publishing it online instead of in the newspaper, with continuous updates as we receive more information and links embedded right into the stories, so everything you need is only a mouse click — or less — away.”
Donna Winchester, higher education reporter