Spectator to halt physical newspaper during COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 at 7:20 PM
Spectator to halt physical newspaper during COVID-19 pandemic by Nathan Brennan

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Spectator has made the necessary decision to cancel the remainder of our print issues for the Spring 2020 semester. We will continue in our mission to inform the campus population and Edinboro community by way of our digital channels.  

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We pride ourselves in being able to share our work in the physical newspaper (we're the rare PASSHE institution that still publishes weekly). However, there is more at stake: the safety of ourselves, our loved ones and the public. 

We were able to have a trial run earlier this semester: our “digital week.” While we saw it as a chance to branch out and learn more about social media, little did we know it was preparing us for this very moment. We have a little practice; now it’s time to do this for real. 

Even so, everything seems chaotic. There’s so much news breaking every moment of the day; it’s enough to make your head hurt.  

We feel the same. We are students. We are still learning, growing, trying to make sense of everything happening. With the move to online classes for the rest of the semester and a focus on social distancing, it can be easy to feel cut off from everything. Some semblance of normalcy is needed; in fact, it’s almost therapeutic to continue on as best we can despite the anxiety we all feel. 

Despite our separation, Edinboro Campus Media and The Spectator are still here, ready to bring you the news that matters. We will have a particular focus on how the pandemic is affecting EUP and the local area. As it continues to spread, many student stories need to be told. Campus issues, existing and new, need to be examined. And we won't lose the Edinboro community in the chaos.  

Not only that, we will continue to make and share non-COVID content: music playlists, reviews, sports features, voices pieces and much more.  

With any luck, the quarantining and care we now take will help the virus dwindle, and life will return to something much more familiar than what we are experiencing.  

When that happens, The Spectator will be back to publishing our physical product as we usually do.

Until then, be smart and stay safe.

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