I recently read an article about school newspapers at college campuses, where over 50% of students didn’t even know if there was a web version of their college’s newspaper. The school printed edition was all the students were aware of, and what they read.  It was easy to get access to, distributed to all corners of their campus, and had all the information about their little community at their fingertips.  It was rather mind-boggling for me to learn this especially knowing that virtually every single student there carries a smart phone and tablet or computer.

One of the great truths we learned here at Makemynewspaper.com was just how many K-12 schools had stopped publishing newspapers altogether.  There simply was no money, either from the school budget being slashed and/or because local businesses—because the Internet was the new fad in advertising—had stopped sponsoring.

That trend is now reversing itself, for myriad reasons.  One is that we now know that people like printed material, regardless of the Internet:  it just needs to be local, and topical, and niche specific with good in-depth writing.  Another reason schools are putting out newspapers again is most companies, schools and organizations now know that email blasts or eNewsletter blasts are simply too easy to ignore.  Almost nobody reads them.  Advertising in this way rarely works.  One of the cold realities is that a newspaper is simply easier to get in front of somebody’s face than a website.   Perhaps lastly, it boils down to just the personal touch of the enthusiasm of our local children, and their thoughts and opinions and hard work that we miss seeing and perusing in our living rooms or kitchens.  There is just no way to duplicate that, or watch their progress, or see what freedom of the press means to our young better than watching it mature in the form of free press unlike any before or since…a newspaper.

We like to think that maybe even our company is helping with this, especially with the advent of our two innovative products, “Impact” newsprint and “eNewspapers” and our “Cloud Designer.”  We’ve made it more affordable to publish, both in print and digitally.  It’s a cause that we genuinely believe in.

If you would like to learn more about how to start a school and how to cover costs and even make some extra money, please read Starting a Profitable Newspaper.

“If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education.“

“The tax which will be paid for [the] purpose [of education] is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to (those) who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”

--Thomas Jefferson 

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