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“We are being watched by a lot of college papers to see how it goes,” said Ed Morales, the Red and Black’s media adviser and a former sports reporter for The Washington Times.

The award-winning publication switched to an online emphasis so the staff could develop the skills needed to work in the modern newsroom, Mr. Morales said.

The majority of college students did not grow up with a morning paper, he said, and a newspaper is “not necessarily something they seek out.”

Part of the push for digital is continuing to bring the news to the reader in a way that is most convenient for them.

“If you are part of their news feed every morning, you are part of their lives,” he said.

While print remains popular, the content has evolved. The weekly paper is filled with stories that don’t become old news in a few days, including profiles and investigative stories. The breaking news goes online.