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.