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Be sure to pick up the Scroll the next few weeks, because they will be the last weekly papers that are ever printed.

Don’t panic. Scroll won’t be shutting down as an organization; rather, it is transitioning to meet the demands of modern-day journalism. Scroll will focus on producing high-quality online content centered on BYU-Idaho. The content will be available both on the current website and app.

There will also be one paper printed each semester intended to inform students about the events of the entire semester. This semester guide will be on the stands all semester and be much larger than an ordinary newspaper.

The change will take place at the start of Winter semester 2019 and will be fine tuned throughout the year.

This is far from the first change Scroll has made in its 113-year history. Scroll started in 1905 as the Student Rays, more of a quarterly pamphlet with campus news and stories.

Over its lifetime, the Scroll has changed and evolved into what it is today, taking on the names of The Purple Flash, The Viking Flash, The Viking Scroll and, eventually, the BYU-Idaho Scroll.

There are many reasons for the change, this is not just for the sake of change.

First and foremost, journalism as a whole is headed towards being mostly digital.

The Washington Post reported, “In the US, weekday print circulation has shrunk from a high of nearly 60 million in 1994 to 35 million for combined print and digital circulation today — 24 years of decline.”

Paper news just isn’t picked up as much as it used to be, and more people are turning to online media as a source of news. Think about how you get your news — it probably isn’t through newspapers. More likely, it‘s through a news app or social media, without the need to go somewhere and get a newspaper. That’s where Scroll wants to make its future impact, on the web and in our app.

Another reason for the switch is to improve and diversify Scroll‘s multimedia influence.

In a newspaper, there are only two types of media that can be presented: written word and photo. This limits the creative potential for content. Moving fully online allows for a better focus on improving the media of a story. This can include adding a video, creating a slideshow, having interactive graphics, posting audio and other tools that create a more complete story.

Scroll has been moving this way for the past few semesters, as there has been more focus put on the online content. The Wall Street Journal wrote an article on how media transitions from paper to digital, and we are completing the process they outlined.

The first step, exploring, is when an organization dabbles with digital but does not change the overall system. This was in place four semesters ago, before the transition truly began.

Scroll then moved to the second phase, doing, when a push for daily content on the website was made by changing the organization from topical sections to daily sections. This focused on putting out content on certain days. The paper also changed in how it was produced to accommodate the daily format.

Then, after a couple semesters, Scroll reached the third step, becoming, and is on its way to the fourth step, being. The changes are bigger and more noticeable now than they were during the first and second steps.

This transition has been a long time coming for Scroll and isn’t a sudden change. The goal is to be the best source for news on this campus and for this campus, bringing information nobody else can offer. Join us on this journey as Scroll works toward becoming better every day to bring you the news you want and deserve.


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