Published May 2, 2012
PAL Sells Printing Press
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Reporter Changes Ahead

RIT has decided to sell its largest printing press, Bill Garno, director of the Printing Applications Lab (PAL), announced Wednesday, May 2 at Reporter’s quarterly Advisory Board meeting. The sale will result in a major change in Reporter’s format and distribution.

While PAL will retain its five digital presses, the loss of its only conventional lithographic press will have a substantial impact. As a result of the decision, PAL will be laying off six of its 13 employees. It must also end several long-term business relationships established through trial work conducted for paper manufacturers.

Garno outlined options for Reporter’s future as a print publication, stating that other printing labs may be an option, but they would probably be unable to maintain the volume of magazines produced by Reporter at a rate that fits within its budget.

According to Garno, three major factors contributed to the decision. “First is the declining alignment of conventional press technologies to the curriculum, meaning diminishing support from the school," he said. Garno also cited a decline in external contract work, as well as competition for resources and space, as cause for the decision.

Without the reduced rates and donated paper from PAL, it is unlikely that Reporter will be able to sustain its usual weekly printing schedule on its current budget.

Effective immediately, Reporter will be meeting with its Advisory Board bi-weekly until the end of June. Attendees will discuss various options available and determine whether it is possible to maintain a print publication by either reducing page count or frequency of issues. Reporter is also considering becoming an online publication with only occasional print issues.

Reporter will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. Last updated May 2 at 11:43 p.m.

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Thu, May 3 2012 @ 8:15 am
Reporter can improve from this decision. By going online and creating iPad/Android/Kindle apps and doing daily updates online readership may increase. As it stands now the website is terrible since everything is a week old and it only updates once a week. Look at The New York Times or Wired who are gaining a presence outside of print.
TM
 
Thu, May 3 2012 @ 11:45 am
It honestly comes as no shock to me that this day was coming.

This is certainly a potentially devastating blow to the magazine, but it can also be a significant opportunity. Reporter has always had a long history of evolving with the print world — from tabloid newsprint, to B&W magazine, to full color, to even dynamic printing. Yet people on campus don't read Reporter because it's a vehicle for showing off printing capabilities, they read it because it's a source of campus news and features that engage that audience.

So what can be done? I see incredible opportunity in the online realm; it's certainly where many news organizations are focusing their efforts these days. Budget money that... (more)
Jeff Prystajko
 
Thu, May 3 2012 @ 12:16 pm
One of my favoite memories as a Student was picking up the latest issue of the Reporter on the way to class. Will be quite a sad day indeed for current and future if you are no longer able to maintain a print publication :(

I wish you the best of luck as you enter these trying times

Peter Franklin
ANSA '10
Peter Franklin
 
Thu, Jun 21 2012 @ 11:03 am
Its really important that Reporter stay alive. Perhaps having a quarterly magazine. Developing a version on adobe digital publishing suite is a must. The publications made with adobe dps can be viewed on tablets and the biggest magazine companies have a dps version see wired's for example. Utilizing this medium will allow RIT photographers designers and illustrators to showcase their talent. Creating a more engaging web presence will also be a great step forward.
Leslie Ferreira
 
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