After almost six months of no physical paper, The Michigan Daily will be printing once a week this fall on Wednesdays as long as students are living on campus.
In March, The Daily pivoted with the rest of the world to battle a global pandemic. We halted our print edition after March 13 as students fled campus, but we doubled down on our online presence and saw a growing digital audience. We worked hard to bring the University and Ann Arbor communities the news over the summer, too.
The University has brought students back to campus for an in-residence fall semester. However, COVID-19 is still very much a threat. Most classes are being offered remotely and University buildings will be at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.
Due to less campus and city circulation, as well as the need for financial responsibility, The Daily is printing once a week rather than five days. We will also print special editions this semester — be sure to pick up a print copy of our Welcome Back issue on Monday, Aug. 31. We will not, however, continue creating digital PDF papers without a print counterpart on our issuu as we did in March and throughout the summer.
None of this will impact our core mission and responsibility: to inform our readers and to hold the people with power at this University and in Washtenaw County accountable. These past few weeks, we’ve reported tirelessly on various issues with the University’s reopening, from unenforced housing precautions to concerns about testing plans. Not to mention our summer staff’s reporting on racial justice protests, WilmerHale’s report on former Provost Martin Philbert’s sexual misconduct and The Big Ten’s football postponement. This coverage will continue.
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