Rochester Institute of Technology will be selling its largest printing press and is likely to end the publishing of its weekly magazine, Reporter, university officials have announced.
The decision came at the Reporter's quarterly advisory board meeting held last week, and will result in major changes for the magazine's format and distribution. The Printing Applications Lab, which prints Reporter, will continue using its five digital presses and sell its only conventional lithographic press. It also will lay off six of its 13 employees and end several long-term business relationships, RIT officials announced.
There are still options for printing Reporter, said Bill Garno, PAL director, but it will likely be unable to maintain the same volume of magazines produced. The decision came after the press received diminishing support from the university as conventional press technologies became less tied to the curriculum, he said. There was also a decline in external contract work and an increase in competition for the space, Garno added.
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, RIT officials noted. The magazine's advisory board will be meeting bi-weekly until the end of June to 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 also is considering becoming an online publication with only occasional print issues.
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