Auburn University student newspaper ending print publication

Auburn University student newspaper ending print publication
Auburn University's student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, is ending its print edition after 127 years. It will move to an all-digital format.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn University’s student newspaper, a training ground for generations of journalists, said Thursday it will cease printing after 127 years and become an online-only publication.

The Auburn Plainsman announced the change in an online editorial that said it had “reached a breaking point” a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and could not justify continued publication of a newsprint edition. A lack of foot traffic, printing costs and changes in the journalism industry all played a role, it said.

“The Plainsman is a professional news organization, and we recognize that the majority of our readers already access us through our digital formats. Ironically, for most of you reading this, there won’t be a huge amount of change,” it said.

Originally called “The Orange and Blue” after the university’s colors, the paper changed its name to The Plainsman in 1922.

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