Daily Illini to drop Friday print edition
The head of the student newspaper at the University of Illinois says a publication change has a dual focus.
The Daily Illini announced Monday that it will no longer print a Friday edition.
Darshan Patel said the change is a cost-cutting move, and a response to how the paper's readers get their news.
"What we noticed on our website and now on the mobile site is that more students go to that than pick up our papers," said Patel. "We get more clicks per week on that than pickup rates around campus. We kind of knew that eventually we wanted to start focusing more and more on photo galleries, more stories online, more breaking news.
"For specifically Friday, we thought that a lot of students don't have that many classes on Friday, a lot of them tend to stay in, sleep in, so the paper doesn't get as much of a pickup rate."
Patel added that there will still be new online content on Fridays.
Dropping the Friday paper is the latest cost-cutting move for the Illini Media Company, the parent company of the Daily Illini. The company recently closed its Apple Store, sold its building and now rents out the third floor of that building.
Patel says the company is starting to get on stable financial footing and that it recently paid off $250,000 in debt.
The company is also getting a $1.85 per-semester fee from students.