Trial program brings free dailies to Elon


The School of Communications is now displaying 500 free daily newspapers in its lobby area Mondays through Fridays. The program will continue through Sept. 27.

USA Today, the New York Times, the Burlington Times-News and the Greensboro News & Record are available for free pick-up by students. The papers are being offered on weekdays Sept. 3-27 as a free trial run of the Collegiate Readership Program sponsored by USA Today.

The program is designed to encourage the habit of daily newspaper reading among young people. Those who pick up the papers are encouraged to share them with friends and colleagues. Used papers can be recycled by depositing them in a marked bin located near the newsracks; USA Today takes care of the recycling of the papers.

The Collegiate Readership Program is now operating atover 180 schools including George Washington University, Miami University, Penn State and the Ohio State University.

USA Today anticipates that 16.5 million newspapers are read annually by university students as a result of the program.

Elon University officials will consider full adoption of the program if it is well accepted during the September trial run.

Representatives of USA Today will randomly poll Elon students before and after the trial, to see if the free papers make an impact on their reading habits. To read more about the program, go to:



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