We're constantly being told that newspaper audiences are shifting from print to online, so it's no surprise that publishers are trying to hook university students — who may be as poor as church mice now but who are likely to earn a decent sum in the future — as early as possible. Both Fairfax (which publishes The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) and News Limited (which publishes The Australian) are offering ludicrous on-campus discounts for newspapers ($30 or $40 respectively for the academic year). You have to be willing to pick up the weekday papers on campus, but at these prices, that's not much of a sacrifice.
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