When Outlook stops printing

Laudy Issa



One day, Outlook will most certainly stop printing. Newspapers are dying all over the world, so why would a small university publication be any different?

Three years after joining Outlook, it still feels nice to see someone flipping through the newspaper on campus. Although a sense of responsibility and pride is passed down from one editor-in-chief to the next, so is the dread that comes from the possibility of Outlook not printing physical copies during their time in the position. It’s just something that comes with the job, for no other reason than the fear of change and the need to tackle a whole new series of obstacles faced by online journalists instead of print ones.

When Outlook stops printing, here’s what will happen: absolutely nothing radical. The possibilities provided for journalists by the digital era we live in: from easier access to sources, to even more creative and efficient ways of delivering news.

If anything, it will probably be for the best. We’ve already begun making use of the possibilities, integrating our works through photo-essays, social media accounts, and online archives to help pave the way for its transformation into a source of multimedia news to match all other outlets nowadays.

This week’s issue is a perfect example of that integration and of the positive outcomes of accepting and working through changes.

Thousands of activists marched forward in the fight for women’s rights in Lebanon this week, and you can get a glimpse of that through the eyes of our talented photographers, as well here in print. In an odd twist of events, an exclusive Outlook interview with the Topless Baker reveals that he was working in advertising before becoming a chef and an Internet sensation. Even in the sports section, what seems like a cursed injury is a blessing for an AUB athlete who discovers a newfound passion while recovering.

Undeniably, there is a certain feel to carrying the papers between your hands, fiddling with them until you manage to fit them into the blue boxes for other students to pick up, and washing the black ink off your fingertips afterwards. We’ll be sad to see print go, but when Outlook stops printing, it will certainly be for the best.

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