Every so often, a crazy thought pops into my head: what if News & Events was solely published on the Web? That’s right—no printed paper version. The distribution boxes would all disappear and the HUB would have fewer deliveries to make.
While I’ve considered a few of the “pros” associated with producing News & Events solely electronically, there is, undoubtedly, great value in picking up an actual piece of paper.
Several years ago, the News & Events managerial staff decided to run the faculty/staff newsmakers section only on the Web in order to free up some space in the print version for additional feature and news stories. The number of complaints that our office received as a result of this action was unbelievable. People love to see their names and faces in the “paper.” Although News & Events isn’t a newspaper, it’s RIT’s next best thing.
I also enjoy seeing large, vivid photographs in the print version—an experience that could be diminished when viewing the same on a computer screen (and I like being able to actually show my mom and husband exactly what I do at the office.)
I’m interested in other people’s thoughts on this subject—to print or not to print?