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UM's Diamondback to begin publishing four days a week

Move made to save money

By Michael Lofthus, The Baltimore Sun

3:29 PM EDT, May 17, 2013

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The University of Maryland's independent student newspaper will cut publishing to four days a week in the fall, Michael Fribush, president of parent company Maryland Media Inc., confirmed Friday.

"We'll beef up our digital presence on Fridays. It'll be a little more economical to publish Monday through Thursday," he said. "[Editor-in-Chief Michael King] would be putting out a Friday issue on The Diamondback but digitally."

The Diamondback has been a weekday publication since its establishment in 1910 and receives no university funding, according to its website. It publishes weekly during the summer. Fribush said the move has been building for a number of years.

The newspaper is not the only one in the area to cut back on print publication; The Retriever Weekly, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's weekly student newspaper, will alternate between print and digital issues beginning next school year.