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LSU newspaper down ad dollars, considers scaling back circulation

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For LSU students, elements of student life like going to class and football games are second nature. For many, that also includes grabbing the paper every day. 

"I can get information on my phone from major news sites, but on campus, I prefer the hard copy," said Claire Perrodin, a junior in pre-nursing. 

Perrodin’s copy of the Daily Reveille was written in the basement of Hodges Hall. And while the newsroom was business as usual Wednesday, staff said the Reveille may be on the verge of drastic changes. 

The editor said the paper is falling on hard times from a lack of advertising dollars and a trend of people getting their news somewhere else besides the newsprint. 

There's now talks of maybe cutting the hard copy entirely. That would mean students would only be able to get the Reveille online. 

"No one's going directly to for the latest Reveille news. They'll get it on social media or they'll get it when they see it in the stands,”
Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez, editor of the Daily Reveille. 

Like Suarez, freshman Joe Bourg sees a demand for a hard copy. 

"Usually, yea, I'll pick up the Reveille most days," said Bourg, a mass communications student. "If you're online, you could be on your phone, you might be doing other things. But if you have the newspaper you really have to sit down and commit , and that's what I like." 

The Daily Reveille publishes 14,000 copies a day. That's 11,000 less than the largest produced student newspaper in the country at the University of Florida. 

The earliest known edition of the Reveille goes back to 1887. For now, there are no announcements as to what changes may be coming. 

Zamudio-Suarez is hoping if there's going to be a phase out of the hard paper, that it's a long transition and not something that will happen quickly. 

"The school and the paper itself does not yet support a shift to a completely digital publication," said Zamudio-Suarez. "We need to take bigger steps to better preparing us before we do a big shift." 

Zamudio-Suarez said the ultimate decision on the paper’s future is in the hands of the dean of the Journalism School. 

However, he did not wish to speak with 9News Wednesday. 

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