Editorial: Northern Star welcomes a new era of journalism

Since 1899, NIU students have been committed to serving the larger population of their campus by regularly publishing a newspaper. Now that over a century has passed, the Northern Star as we know it today is evolving into a more digital product. The May 4, 2022 print issue of The Northern Star marks the final weekly print edition of our newspaper.

Print publications aren’t going away for good – we’ll still print special editions – but regular weeklies are about to become a thing of the past.

It pained our board to make this decision, but after weighing the pros and cons, we realized that it was no longer possible or rewarding to continue printing every week.

On a practical level, fewer and fewer media are printing physical newspapers because it is time-consuming and expensive. As a small student organization, we don’t have the time or the money.

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic also factored into our decision. This was one of many catalysts for this choice, as it became less safe to create a printed product in person and people’s stress levels became overwhelming.

We refuse to believe that journalism is dying; instead, we think it evolves, changes over time. People join journalism because they want to make a difference in their community. For this group of journalists, all firmly from Gen Z, most of our community is now online. Social media has opened doors that previous journalists didn’t even know existed. We are able to connect to an international audience with our work, extending far beyond our scenic DeKalb campus, and we often take that for granted.

However, the Star plans to adapt to social media, as our main result going forward will be TLDR, our free email newsletter. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, our top writers curate the morning’s best content to send to your inbox. Not only do we feature at least one piece from each section, but we also include the day’s weather forecast and campus events you can attend.

To subscribe, there is a box on the right side of the homepage of our website (northernstar.info). Simply fill in your email address and click the “Sign Up” button.

It has been an honor and a privilege for us at the Star to provide readers with quality and entertaining print. Now we must turn the page and welcome a new era of journalism. We appreciate your continued readership, whatever form it takes now and in the future.