ASU's State Press To Be First All-Digital University Newspaper

July 30, 2014

(Image courtesy of The State Press)
The last printed issue of ASU's State Press newspaper.

Arizona State University’s school newspaper is officially out of print and going digital.

The State Press will become an all-digital publication in the fall, making it the first major university newspaper in the nation to make the transition.

Julia Shumway, Editor-in-Chief of the State Press, said the decision to change to an all-digital media came after noticing a surge in online readership.

“Frankly, our readers aren’t reading the front paper anymore," Shumway said. "So, something that we’ve seen a lot over the last few years is that readers have started going more and more online. People don’t have the time to pick up a daily or weekly paper and read through it when they can get the same articles on their phone wherever they are.”

The paper’s online readership averaged to about 150,000 views a month, versus a readership of less than 40,000 for their print issues.

The last print issue features highlights from past issues as well as alumni memories. The paper is available today on all ASU campuses.