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K-State Today

December 15, 2015

Collegian to increase digital push, end Monday edition

Submitted by Stephen Wolgast

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Starting with the spring 2016 semester, the Kansas State Collegian will shift more reporting to its digital platforms as it moves to publishing online-only editions from Saturdays through Mondays. Printed editions will continue on Tuesdays through Fridays.

The change will make the Collegian's reporting more accessible to a new generation of students, most of whom use a smartphone as their primary way of finding out what's news. Collegian editor-in-chief Jon Parton, senior in political science, outlines the benefits to the newsroom.

Stephen Wolgast, director of Collegian Media Group, outlined another reason. "We need to go where students spend their media time, and that is on smaller screens," he said. When considering the change, Wolgast consulted Garrett Kays, chairman of the Student Senate's Privilege Fee Committee. Earlier this month Kays explained the shift to Student Senate, which provides funding to Collegian Media Group. Most of the company's revenue comes from sales.

Tim Lindemuth, class of 1977, chairman of the board 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.

For more information, read the Collegian Media Group statement.