SHEBOYGAN (AP) - Sheboygan North and South high schools are doing away with printed versions for their newspapers, instead opting for online versions that will save money and reach more people.
Administrators at both schools say an online paper opens up new possibilities, such as the ability to post videos or to update immediately with the schools' latest sports scores, Sheboygan Press Media reported. It will also allow students to post links to their social media accounts, making it easier for people to comment and share content.
The move does mark the end of an era, however. South High's newspaper was the second-longest continuously running printed high school newspaper in the state.
Students seemed excited about the move, in part because so many are already used to the idea of getting their news online rather than in a paper. Sara Becker, a South high student editor, predicted that her classmates would easily adjust to the new format.
"So many people go right to social media already so it's so much easier to get people to pay attention to what's going on," said Becker, a senior.
The switch will also save on printing costs. For example, North High printed four issues last year at a cost of $300 to $500 per edition, but costs for a digital edition are about $300 for the whole year, said Jamie Nusbaum, a North High journalism teacher.
While Nusbaum understood the logic of switching to an online format, she was sentimental about the change.
"I'm sad to see the print copy go because I love the feel," Nusbaum said. "When the print copy would come out (the students) would sit and read it and they'd talk about it. Otherwise, I worry they'll maybe never talk about it."
Tess Larson, who is South High's publications teacher, said online paper actually requires more effort because students are working to post information more often throughout the day. But officials said that just helps students prepare for life in the real world.
"We're always attempting to model what is going on outside the world of education so we can prepare students for entrance into either college or the workforce," North High Principal Jason Bull said. "And one of the goals of the newspaper is to reach as many people as we can. So we're trying to reach as many as we can via electronics."
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