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Daily Collegian To Cut Newspaper Printing To Two Days Per Week

Update Monday, Nov. 6: The Daily Collegian Editor-in-Chief Sam Ruland wrote today officially announcing the outlet’s plans to move publishing to just twice per week beginning in the spring. She was careful to note The Collegian is still the “The DAILY Collegian” despite the change.

“The Daily Collegian is a voice that is irreplaceable,” Ruland said. The organization held an alumni reunion over the weekend to announce its 130th anniversary.

Original story: Penn State’s official student newspaper, The Daily Collegian, will no longer publish a daily print newspaper beginning next semester.

Instead, the newspaper will be printed only on Mondays and Thursdays, according to an email from Daphne Kao, the business operations assistant manager for the Collegian. New print advertising rates to reflect this change and the publication schedule for the spring semester have not yet been finalized.

Founded officially in 1887 as the Free Lance, the then-Penn State Collegian began publishing semi-weekly in 1920. Twenty years later, the Daily Collegian was chartered — of course — as a daily newspaper.

The last time the Collegian decided not to print a daily newspaper was during World War II, when it operated as a weekly and semi-weekly publication from 1943 to 1946.

The Daily Collegian Online was launched in 1996, and Kao said the Collegian plans to focus more on digital journalism next semester.

Despite the Collegian‘s history, this decision comes as no shock to an industry that’s transitioning rapidly to an online format.

Many collegiate newspapers have already switched to weekly or semi-weekly publication, including the Johns Hopkins News-Letter and the Vermont Cynic. However, most collegiate papers continue to print daily, including longstanding staples like the Yale Daily News and the Daily Princetonian.

It’s unclear whether this change could also mean a name change for the nationally-recognized newspaper. But certainly The Daily Collegian is less fitting for a publication that’s no longer printed daily.

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