College news in a digital age

The Daily and other college newspapers will continue to adapt to the changing media landscape.


The Daily Nebraskan announced big changes last month, cutting publication from five to two days a week and redoubling their efforts online effective next fall.

It’s a bold but difficult change. The Nebraskan seems equipped to pull it off, with their new website and mobile app. I support their decision, and it’s a shift the Minnesota Daily will likely imitate in the next year.

While we’re not ready to drop papers yet, we are looking for ways to move online with our readers. In the past year, we’ve reallocated more resources to and other digital ventures. In the next year, the Daily will build a new mobile app and explore new ways to make reading online more immersive and interactive.

Although things are leveling out, the news industry is still very stressed, and college media hasn’t been immune. The Daily is still relatively healthy, and we’re not taking that for granted. Our print revenue and support from student services fees allows us the flexibility to experiment online and figure out what works best for us and, more importantly, our readers.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Daily board of directors will select a new editor-in-chief to take over in May. Under new leadership, this online experimentation will only accelerate.

This paper has been serving the University of Minnesota for 114 years, and we’ve done that a lot of ways. Our staff completely turns over every four years, and that means the Daily is in constant flux.

We’ll keep growing and changing to keep our coverage relevant and accessible to this campus for another century.