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Letter from the editor: Amid COVID-19 crisis, the ‘Prince’ carries on

<h6>Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian</h6>
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Dear readers,

As the threat of a campus COVID-19 outbreak looms, The Daily Princetonian will indefinitely suspend print production, effective as of Wednesday, March 11. During this period, we will continue to publish daily through our website, social media platforms, and newsletter


This decision is in keeping with recent University guidelines, which discourage in-person gatherings, mandate that classes be held online, and urge students to return home. As the Princeton community disperses across the country and around the world, our work will become more important than ever.

We’ve already released several critical resources, including a COVID-19 webpage, a New Jersey COVID-19 activity map, and a timeline of our COVID-19 reporting, all of which are regularly updated. To keep our readers informed of the latest news, we will continue to develop our coverage across a variety of media.

The weeks ahead promise to bring a slew of unfamiliar challenges. For some students, the instruction to leave campus comes as an enormous relief. For others, it portends loneliness or presents financial hardship. For all of us, much remains uncertain. COVID-19’s full ramifications — on everything from coursework to financial aid, athletic practices to summer plans — will only become apparent with time.

How we navigate those far-reaching implications is a story worth telling. In the coming weeks, our staff will seek to render visible students’ experiences, from the consequential to the lighthearted. Though circumstances compel us to step away from our cherished broadsheet, our resolve to keep reporting has never been stronger.

Jonathan Ort is editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. He can be reached at and on Twitter at @ort_jon.