Staying up to speed on current events is an important aspect of education. The Collegiate Readership Program is lauded for helping in that endeavor, but it only scratches the surface of what the university can do to provide expansive and diverse news media resources.
The university should build on current readership programs, adding online and print access to both newspapers and news magazines. Free print copies of The Washington Post, The New York Times and USA Today offered now are popular on campus — so popular, in fact, that they often get snatched up early in the morning. With pay walls becoming more common on news websites, however, it would be a worthwhile investment for the university to also provide students with online subscriptions to these and other sources.
Daily newspapers offer important coverage and commentary on current events, but they do not cover the whole spectrum of quality journalism. The university should strive to supplement current options with subscriptions to news magazines such as The Economist and The New Yorker, which would broaden students’ understanding of current affairs.
This type of investment is not unparalleled. Villanova, for example, provides its students with free print subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times. That service reflects an appreciation for the value of a well-read and aware student population. Georgetown should follow suit.
Access to free, extensive news media is one of the most valuable resources this university can employ in fostering a globally conscious student body. Expanding the Collegiate Readership Program would go a long way toward meeting the needs of modern students and realizing the mission of this university.