The Aggie is About to Become a Weekly Publication

Editor Janelle Bitker announced the change Thursday morning. Along with the switch to weekly, the publication plans to spruce up its website.


Some big changes are about to go into effect at UC Davis's campus newspaper, which has been around since 1915. Editor Janelle Bitker published a letter to readers Thursday morning detailing the changes. 

The Aggie, which currently gets printed Monday through Thursday, will convert to a weekly format starting this spring quarter. The new, thicker paper will hit newsstands on Thursdays only, and it will stress long-form, in-depth journalism, according to Bitker. 

...The news industry has been changing rapidly, and The Aggie has struggled to keep up. Focusing on getting a product out four days a week — when we’re all swamped with papers, midterms and attempting a social life every so often — leaves little room to try new things. It leaves little room for multimedia projects, digital skills and investigative pieces — the sorts of endeavors that employers want to see in a student-journalist’s portfolio. I’m confident that with a weekly format, we’ll finally have the time.

We’re working on a new website that should be ready to roll before the quarter begins. It’ll be modern and sleek, with multimedia capabilities and room to grow for budding digital journalists. Blogs will be more active and our news editors — bless their hearts — will be updating around the clock, so you can always know what’s happening.

Check out Bitker's full letter on the Aggie, and let us know what you think of the changes below. 

Justin Cox (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 07:58 PM
In my opinion, everything about this is awesome. The weekly format gives student reporters a chance to dig deep and write great stories that they'll be proud of, and it will free them up to spend more time producing fresh, daily stories on their website. With so many young, sharp, creative students at UC Davis, I've never understood why the Aggie's website felt a bit flat and slow. I imagine that the burden of a daily print product diverted their energy. I'll be excited to pick up the weekly version on Thursdays, and I'm guessing I'll spend a lot more time on the website when this change takes effect. Switching to a weekly format, I imagine, will make both products better.
Alicia February 28, 2013 at 08:51 PM
but where am i going to get my sudoku to do during boring lectures???
Justin Cox (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Haha, maybe print a bunch of these and tuck them away in your backpack: http://www.puzzles.ca/sudoku.html
Victor Calderon March 01, 2013 at 04:52 PM
And apparently there is competition with a new student paper: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/01/5227367/2-student-newspapers-go-toe-to.html
Robin Erbacher March 06, 2013 at 03:55 PM
LOL! Lectures become less boring if you listen and try to learn...


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