Starting Next Fall, Daily Nebraskan Will Shift to Twice-Weekly Nebraskan in Print

Starting next fall, The Daily Nebraskan will no longer appear daily in print. The student newspaper at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is shifting to a twice-weekly publication schedule, part of a larger “concrete financial plan” the paper is still in the process of forming to help ensure its long-term survival.

As the DN itself reports on the daily print downgrade:

“The idea emerged from the Future of the Daily Nebraskan Committee, who created a plan for distributing news to students effectively while boosting readership. The board gave unanimous approval to the plan to shift the Daily Nebraskan’s focus to printed issues twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays — and round-the-clock web updates. … ‘We want to show that the DN is headed in a completely different direction,’ said board member Dan Collin. … Collin said it’s important for the DN to spend more time on quality online content and to consider print material as more of an afterthought.”


Four related ideas the future committee is also apparently batting around: transforming the print edition from tabloid to broadsheet; having staffers man the online desk during weekends and school holidays; focusing more attention on existing non-print-ad revenue boosters “such as events, contests, donations and grants”; and publishing the paper’s satirical edition weekly instead of biweekly.

The latter consideration is especially intriguing: Publishing less real news in print, while simultaneously publishing more fake, funny news. Is satire that big of a hit with readers and advertisers?

Separately, current DN editors say the trickiest part of the proposed shift is the changes it will spur in the news production schedule — specifically the “ability to staff a newsroom for continual web updates while also going to class.”


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