The Collegian’s digital shift

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In a shift to meet the consumption needs of its audience, the Kansas State Collegian will print four days a week instead of five, starting in the spring 2016 semester.

The print edition will be published Tuesday through Friday. Our online edition will continue to publish everyday covering news, features and sports about K-State daily.

As previously stated by Editor-in-Chief Jon Parton, the Collegian will meet the needs of the community by shifting more resources into our online presence.

“It’s a change that I’m eager to make,” Parton said. “When news travels as fast as it does, it’s important that we stay ahead of it.”

The majority of Americans get their news through digital devices, according to the Pew Research Center. It’s important that the Collegian focuses its effort to reach the majority of its audience.

The shift to online will help strengthen our journalism by providing more time for our staff to focus on our website and mobile app. The transition to digital first also helps prepare students as they learn digital techniques hands-on, skills that are in demand for modern media jobs.

Tim Lindemuth, 1977 K-State alum, chairman of the Collegian Media Group board of directors and the retired editor of K-Stater magazine, approved of the new direction.

“Jon made clear that the shift will let the newsroom staff spend less time producing a print edition and more time reporting the news,” he said.

The Collegian is the only student newspaper in Kansas to be named a finalist in the national 2015 Online Pacemaker Awards. We also won first place for best online main page from the national Pinnacle College Media Awards.

As always, we will still publish our game day guides and continue to deliver some of the best K-State sports coverage anywhere.

We look forward to the transition and hope to continue to lead the way in digital news.

Please view the Collegian Media Group press release for more info.

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