It’s hard to believe the Nassau Weekly has been in print for 40 years.
This publication — and the whole of print journalism — has changed immeasurably since the fall of 1979, when our founders brought the alternative voice of the Nass to campus for the first time. We have moved on from leasing the Compugraphic EditWriter 7500, the state of the art in digital typography in 1979, to passing down knowledge of InDesign from design generation to generation, sharing the week’s layout files online.
And although the Nass has always stayed true to its roots as a source of quality investigative reporting in a different style from that of the Prince, over the last four decades we have welcomed and celebrated the work of new voices: campus poets, storytellers, cultural commentators, satirists, and this publication season, for the first time ever, crossword writers.
But to make progress in print journalism over four decades comes at a cost, which is why we need your help to keep the Nass in print.
As print ads become a tougher sell — on campus and beyond — we’ve found that despite our business team’s best efforts, we continually struggle to come up with the funding we need to put the Nass in print on a weekly cycle. In recent years, we have been immensely grateful to have been funded by WPRB 103.3 FM, operated by the Princeton Broadcasting Service. WPRB has been incredibly supportive of our content and our commitment to remain in print in an increasingly online-only journalistic landscape.
The print issue of the Nass is extremely important to many who have worked on the paper in the past, and especially those who have been involved with layout and design. While a move to online-only publication would eliminate the bulk of our expenses, it would deem unimportant the weekly labor of love that puts the treasured words of our writers into a tangible, beautiful form every Sunday morning. The thrill of opening up the issue and seeing your own work featured in the center spread, or awarded the prime real estate of page 20, would be lost without a print issue. The campus-wide flipping of the cover page to get to the freshly printed Verbatims, or the breakfast-table conversations around the newest crossword, would happen behind individual screens. Of course, the Nass’s online form — and the work of our wonderful web team — is something we take pride in as well, but we believe strongly that print and web components should exist side by side, complementing each other in the celebration of the words and artwork we publish each week.
This year, we are asking for your help in restating our commitment to print journalism. To operate at a yearly loss, straining WPRB’s budget, is not sustainable, nor is it realistic to sell print ads at the same rate as our founders did in 1979. With our first-ever fundraising drive, we want to help WPRB help us, and keep the Nass free and in print for decades to come.
To commemorate our 40th anniversary, we published a special anniversary issue, which you can view online at nassauweekly.com/issue/celebrating-40-years/. We thank you for your continued engagement with the Nass and your support as we celebrate four decades of this amazing publication. We encourage you to make a tax-deductible donation at nassauweekly.com/donate/.
Caroline Castleman, Publisher
Serena Alagappan, Editor-in-Chief
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