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Where to Get a School Newspaper Printed

Every school goes through a process of trying to find a printer to print their newspaper. Typically, it begins locally. They call or reach out to a variety of newspaper printers in their area only to discover that these printers seem to charge quite a bit just for a few copies. This is not the printer trying to gouge them. It is just that it costs these printers the same to print 100 copies as it does 1000 copies on these very large presses.

Newsprint isn’t a standard paper that most print shops carry. Newsprint traditionally required a specialized press, known as offset printing, in order to print newspapers. The problem with offset printing is that these large presses are not suitable for smaller print runs. Watch the video to understand just how large these machines are and how expensive it would be to fire one up just to print 100 newspapers.


Offset printing requires large runs to make it cost effective. Many schools don’t have the need for such large print runs and don't have the budget to afford it.

The Digital Press for Shortruns

In recent years, digital presses have come into the market to print smaller runs. These digital presses don’t require a plate. The problem with digital presses, some contend, is that the colors are not as clear or as sharp as offset printing. To make matters worse, only a very few of these digital presses have the ability or are set up to print on newsprint.

There are a variety of plants scattered around that can print your offset, larger print runs, but trying to find a digital press that can print on newsprint at a high quality is currently difficult to find. Fortunately, MakeMyNewspaper can print these very small print runs—even just fifty copies—at a quality and affordability that other digital presses have never been able to offer!

MakeMyNewspaper has the ability to print your school newspaper. What’s more, we offer free software and templates to get you started. The software is cloud based, so there is nothing to download or install. The templates already meet our specifications, so it is simply a matter of designing your newspaper and then clicking the order button. We print and ship to you.

Free Cloud Designer Templates

Our templates are 100% customizable, super user-friendly, and designed specifically to help you create outstanding school newspapers with our free Cloud Designer. Below are a few of the 100s of templates available to you.