Blakeley Bartee, editor-in-chief

Blakeley Bartee is the editor-in-chief of The George-Anne. She is a writing & linguistics and multimedia journalism major from Columbus, Georgia.

Dear Georgia Southern University community,

My name is Blakeley Bartee, and I am the editor-in-chief of The George-Anne. I would like to take this opportunity to update you all on what will happen to our operations in the coming weeks.

GS and other universities within the University System of Georgia will suspend instruction until March 29 due to the spread of COVID-19. Our executive board at The George-Anne Media Group held a meeting Friday afternoon to discuss how we will continue operating during the campus closure.

More than 7,000 people opened Thursday's newsletter, sent shortly after the USG announced the closures. We know you're still reading, and we know we have a responsibility to serve the community.

The plan is this: after spring break, you can still expect digital coverage from our newspaper, magazine, video and creative divisions. We will continue sending our daily newsletter and providing updates to the community, but we will not have a print newspaper during the closure.

If the USG chooses to move universities' courses online, as other universities have, we will continue operating online. However, our current plan is that we would not distribute a print newspaper.

I encourage you all to keep up with us through our social media accounts and our newsletters. Beyond The George-Anne Daily, we distribute a weekly newsletter for Reflector Magazine, and our new diversity board has started a diversity and inclusion newsletter called The Deep Dive.

If you're interested in any of these newsletters, the sign-up links are below:

The George-Anne Daily: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/Oc5HLQs/GADaily

The George-Anne Reflector Weekly: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/ltpx82A

The Deep Dive: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/0zNx2Lr

Eagles, I hope our community will remain strong through these unusual times. We at The George-Anne Media Group will continue delivering important stories and updates throughout the semester. Stay safe, and stay calm.

Sincerely,

Blakeley Bartee

The George-Anne Editor-in-Chief

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