A proposal for a digital newspaper

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There are plans to stop production of your university newspaper. You feel that the newspaper should be saved. You decide to write a proposal to the university suggesting a digital version of the paper.

A proposal for a digital version of the university newspaper


This proposal intends to outline how a digital version of the university newspaper, The Scallion, could function and aims to show that an online paper is viable for the future of the newspaper. It draws on the views of 3,000 students surveyed in May.


The Scallion is printed weekly and distributed free in faculty buildings, with a readership of approximately 10,000 students. It is written and produced entirely by students. The survey shows that the newspaper is highly valued by university students and staff for entertainment, cultural enrichment and work experience.

Current problems

The cost of printing newspapers is significant. Furthermore, some students do not have easy access to the paper, since the only way to obtain a copy is to physically go to university. An additional environmental issue is that a large number of copies end up as litter on campus.

Proposed solution

It is proposed that the newspaper could shift to an online format. An overwhelming majority (95 per cent) of survey respondents were 'keen' or 'very keen' on this.

The key benefits would be:

  • Lower costs. Electronic publication is much cheaper than printing, and the website would require minimal maintenance. Although there are considerable initial costs of developing a website, these would be offset over time.
  • Improved accessibility. Students unable to collect a copy and those with visual impairments would be able to read the paper online.
  • Eco-friendliness. A website would reduce paper usage and produce no litter.
  • Digital media experience. For student journalists, gaining experience in running a web-based news site would be invaluable for any job which involves digital communication.


One issue is information management. The site would have to comply with data protection and privacy laws. Advice should be sought from the IT department.

Another drawback may be personal preference. Twenty-five per cent of survey respondents liked having a physical paper to flick through in a café. However, as this is a minority view, I would suggest that the benefits of the online paper outweigh the inconvenience on this issue.


The results of the consultation suggest that moving the paper online is the best option given that it would reduce costs, be more environmentally-friendly and reach a larger audience. A change to a digital format is therefore recommended to maintain the benefits of the newspaper while addressing its current difficulties.



  1. Start by reading the question carefully. Brainstorm all your thoughts about the proposal first. Then choose your best ideas and plan your paragraphs.
  2. Use subheadings to make the structure clear. Start by stating the aim of the proposal (Introduction) and giving information about the context (Background).
  3. Next, move on to the Current problems and your Proposed solution. You can also mention the Drawbacks and how to address them before you finish (Conclusion).
  4. You should use an impersonal, formal tone for your proposal. Passive verb forms (e.g. It is proposed that … , Advice should be sought …) are a useful way to avoid I think or You should.
  5. The final section should include an overall recommendation based on your previous points.
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Submitted by latha.- on Thu, 29/09/2022 - 14:30


In spite of the shortcomings, print newspaper is my preferred format. Holding the Sunday newspaper and scanning the articles is one of my favorite feelings. Even though not immediately accessible and free, it is permanent and complete. Articles are easily deleted from the online paper, and some articles are left out of the online version. I enjoy visiting the store to purchase a newspaper and spending time turning the pages browsing through it.

Submitted by meknini on Mon, 01/08/2022 - 04:59


I agreed with the issues brought up in the above proposal as there are more advantages to online publications than not. The environmental issues mentioned are those that hit me hard whenever I'm thinking of procuring a print thus I've not purchased any for quite sometime. The number of trees cut and the overfilling landfills cross my mind whenever I see any form of papers. Apart from that, online publications are more a blessing as the news are updated throughout the day. Thus, I am always in the loop. In addition, it's at our finger tip as we always have some kind of gadgets handy. All in all, it's obvious that online publications are my definite choice.

Submitted by GraceZ on Thu, 16/06/2022 - 03:08


I prefer reading in a digital newspaper because it's convenient, I can read anytime and anywhere I want, and it keeps me updated to current news.

Submitted by gurcamozgur on Wed, 20/04/2022 - 09:37


I prefer both because reading from a printed newspaper is traditionally a good pastime activity, while the digital version of a newspaper is both interactive and offers increased accessibility.

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Submitted by Hennadii on Wed, 08/12/2021 - 15:00


It's hard to answer because I don't read the newspapers at all but I used to read football magazines for a long time and I liked to read them in a paper version. And not only read but also collect them and reread them sometimes.
But! It was quite a long time ago when Steve Jobs hadn't invented yet his life-changing iPhone and the only alternatives to paper magazines were websites which you can read only with computes. It wasn't too comfy, telling the truth.
I also liked to buy some expensive magazines about nature with interesting articles and good photos. Like National Geographic or Around the World (the oldest Russian magazine, published by Russian Geographic society).
However, these days when we have smartphones, tablets, laptops it's quite handy to read all you want to with them. Of course, it's nice to touch and smell the expensive paper and collect the good-looking magazines on your bookshelves but less paper more trees, and also less litter.
Another good point - you can not only read articles and look at pictures - you can watch interesting videos as well.
As for me, I like watching videos about animals and nature. I'm a big fan of this topic.

Submitted by hmabboud on Tue, 09/11/2021 - 06:21


I definitely prefer newspapers. Who said that it is more eco-friendly to use an online form? Did anyone study the amount of energy needed to keep a server runing, the users' devices that will access this material, and the health issues with regards to the screen time?

Submitted by BMelissa on Sat, 09/10/2021 - 00:49


I'm like most passionate readers that enjoy the nice feel of flipping a piece of paper while putting yourself in a confortable position to get immerse in a text. It is an agreeable experience already been addressed by so many. Despite this, it is also well known that we have a responsability with our planet to offset and reduce at it's minimun the levels of contamination we're producing, of course paper litter is not the most threatening wastage we're making but it's tree felling the important issue that we must continue on aproaching to ensure there's still a functional back up natural system to help us decontaminate our air from gases and minerals mixed within the oxigen people, especially the ones from big polluted cities breath. For that reason, digital newspapers, books, magazines, etc are considered of tremendous help for all concious people trying to contribute positively upon this problematic. With that been said, the inconviniences of people who are more keen on just sticking it to the physical format of a newspaper should also consider that there are ways to improve their experiences in the digital formats. Keeping in mind that many readers despise the tireness they get with a computer, cellphone or tablet by just reducing/adjusting the lighting on their screens it would relax your eyesight and even better would make you focus more in the text to also improve you're reading. There's no scientific prove of it but from a personal experience I can confirm and advise anyone to try so and give me a feedback from it. Also with audiobooks or podcasts people without any vison can experience the news or a text story in a confortable way. With new tools invented to place your gadgets to read in all kinds of ways i belive it feasible to get acostummed to the digital formats and hanging in till we reach the echosystems stability.

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 17/08/2021 - 13:49

surly due to benefits that a online newspaper has, I prefer to read that type.

Submitted by Dibesciak on Thu, 29/04/2021 - 02:34

I really dont mind if newspaper which I am readinng is online or in physical form. Is depend on situation when I want to read something. For example when I lie on my bed before sleep is better for me to read articles on my smartphone. Also,when I am at work is more convenient to read on my mobile ;) On the other hand physical format is better when I am in the places where there is no Wi-fi, for example in the long journey by train. Furthermore, I guess the overwhelming majority of the people can read only paper format newspaper while taking the flight unless they downloaded some online version to a notebook before. Drawback of the paper format is that it costs more money in production and is worse for our enviroment. On the other hand online newspaper require constant access to the internet.
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Submitted by Riza on Fri, 01/01/2021 - 13:40

I used to read newspapers and magazines only on paper during my childhood and university time! However nowadays I could rarely see them. Most of the time I just open the Internet and surf for some information online. The most favourite newspaper for me is New York Times. Although I sometimes miss the time when I was able to read the newspapers by bringing them from mailbox.

Submitted by TadyEriel on Sun, 11/10/2020 - 04:55

I prefer online newspaper, due to its advantages such as portability, cheaper, and links to get more data about certain topics. Apart from, it is feasible to share a piece of information inmediatly. Perhaps a drawback could be the hours that involves be in front of a light screen. Nevertheless, it's up to you. You can always manage a schedule which suits you in order to avoid an overwelming use of cellphone.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 02:00

As I was a child, I subscribed to a journal. I enjoyed flicking it through in my home, and it was a physical paper that I could collect it. Over time, everything in our lives has become changes, and we see now digital newspapers as a result of the development of technology. I like reading online books or news. The overwhelming readers would be preferred to reading online. The benefits of the digital newspaper will offer environmental friendliness and low costs for subscribers. There is no produce litter, such as papers that are left lying in public places. As Drawback, I would say, it could be if it has not been connected to internet then you will be missed the digital information.
That's so true. I'd add. Unfortunatelly, plenty of people doesn't have internet access, therefore they don't have option. Hopefully, it will have improved in the coming years.

Submitted by Miyu on Wed, 12/08/2020 - 05:02

I prefer to read a newspaper on paper. I have two reason. Firstly, it is easy to hold while reading to be made of thin paper. Thanks to the specific paper, it is easy to read and bring anywhere. In addition, to operate terminals are not needed for us comparing with reading newspapers online. Secondly, a paper does not cost much. Although online newspaper has a problem that it needs communication line and devises while reading news, a paper does not need them. On the other hand, there are some problems. One issue of newspaper on paper is it uses too spacious space in the room of our house. We have to dispose of them regularly. Also, the article we can read on paper may be limited for particular articles. However, those issues can be solved by selecting whether the Internet or paper depending on circumstances. Therefore, reading on paper is better than reading online in that papers is possible for bring without selecting places and not being worried about high cost while reading.
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Sat, 16/05/2020 - 18:26

I do prefer reading online news to paper.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Sun, 26/04/2020 - 20:46

I prefer to read the newspaper in paper format than the online one . Because in the paper format I feel that I can the whole page without any limitations.

Submitted by farid007 on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 04:09

While digital newspaper is quite comfortable source of getting information, I prefer reading paper newsaper. It could be argued that digital newspaper is environmentally friendly and less costly to produce. It is because we do not cut trees to produce paper and we pay only fee for mataining and creating website where we can publish news. While one may also argue that digital news is good also for invalids, I believe that the benefits of digital newspaper is outweighed by its costs. It is irrefutable that unlike to paper newspaper, digital newspaper have some some advers effect on eyesight. Secondly, people with visual impairment and blinds may not read digital newspaper while its possible with paper newspaper. They can read and become familiar with news by touching letter. Also, newspapers have got a lot of games such as crosswords, and prizes when you are loyal subscriber of paper newspaper. Moreover, one can flip through the pages of newspaper , highlight and write on memorable point of newspaper or one can just cut this piece and save which is not possible with digital newspaper. Thus, I believe that advantages of reading paper newspaper outweighs digital newspaper. Paper Newspaper protects us from adverse effects of computes and mobile on our eyes, afford us playing games and memorizing notable events and information.

Submitted by farid007 on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 02:41

The aim of this proposal is to outline challenges facing University Admission Services in some UK Universities and suggest ways to address decreasing number of students being accepted each year. It is argued in this paper that tuition free education system is viable for the future of UK education. This proposal draws on view of 1000 applicants and 2000 of students of UK Universities. Current Problems. One issue UK education facing is starting from 2018 UK witnesses decrease in the number of accepted foreign students as compared to previous years either due to available online courses or tuition fee. The overwhelming majority of interviewed foreign students and applicants stated that UK education is costly and payment of accomodation costs combined together with tuition fee is cumbersome for them. Another issue with UK education is that many of the foreign students claimed that they pay tuition fee thanks to loan and parental budget which affects their future life. The majority of interviewed students were doing part time work to offset costs of tuition fee, which distracts them from education, while some of the students were planing to pay loan after graduation being occupied with payment of fee after finding dream job. Proposed Solution. It is proposed that UK education and economu is ready to shift to tution free education. The majority of respondents were quite satisfied with UK University being tution free for foreign students. The key benefits of tuition free system would be: Reduce Inequality It goes without saying that foreign students are not capable to pay hefty amount of tuition fee if their parents are not from wealthy family. The tuition fee in UK increases the gap not only in wealth but also in knowledge. Thus it is being recommended that tuition free education will enable students compete on equal conditions and more students is going to be accepted into Universities. Discrimination issue Many of the foreign students in UK (african and asian students)complained that they are discriminated and pay more tuition fee than European and UK students. Introuduction of tuition free education is going to solve this, the result being less students complaining about discrimination. Tourism benefits Another advantage of no tution fee is being seen in tourism sector. The more accepted students will mean additional money for UK and tourism sector. The staff of tourism sector is going to enrich his experience of working with foreigners and learn building tolerant society where no discrimination based on religion, ethnicity and colour of skin. Drawbacks It is irrefutable that tuition free education is going to affect Tory government's budget. Another drawback of tution free education will mean more students being accepted in UK Public and Private Universities, which means Tory government is to consider crating new job openings for students and graduates. Only the 10 percent of foreign students supported preserving tuitin fee in Uni. Thr majority of these student either had wealthy background or had link with state officials of their country. However, it is being sugested that benefits of no tution fee system outweigs education where exists tution fee. Conclusion. The result of interview suggest that shifting to tution free education, will reduce gap in knowledge, increase number of accepted students, will boost up tourism segment and the less of number of students will be complaining about discrimination issues at Uni as well as such such measure will establish equality between students. It is,therefore, recommened that new tuition free in UK is to be introduced for establishing equality between students and enforcing human righs.

Submitted by ram123654 on Wed, 18/09/2019 - 10:30

For me it's not about preference but much more about time management. I hardly remember when I read newspaper last time. It's because I have my phone with me all the time and since I have already subscribed so many online Media, I get the notification and go through when I am free. Although I read newspaper on Sundays. I really love to read my favorite comics. Thanks Ram Madhsiya

Submitted by om mariam on Mon, 12/08/2019 - 22:35

for so long time I didn’t prefer the physical newspaper as I found the pages are big and not easy to handle with the thing that makes it difficult to find themes that I prefer.The opposite in online newspaper where we find the easiness of accessibility, attractiveness and easy to follow.

Submitted by Dimpy on Fri, 26/07/2019 - 18:18

I would very much prefer to read the newspaper online instead of on paper but only when I am in a hurry to do so. Like, I have to search for a word or a date mentioned in some article I read in the newspaper that morning which I want to tell my friend with whom I am speaking over a phone. To do so, I will quickly grab my laptop and search put the heading of that article online. Also , even if the heading I wrote in the search box isn't correct, doesn't even it won't affect the result as long as it has the correct keyword mentioned in the article's heading. Although, online newspaper has quite a few merits including the one I mentioned above and that it is eco-friendly as there is no ink or paper involved, I would still prefer reading it the traditional way, on a paper because I don't think that my morning tea will be complete without the rustling sound of a paper and the joy I feel when I sit and read it peacefully and play my sudoku or crossword after reading a few articles.