Mirroring trends from media sources across the country, The Herald, the HWS student run newspaper is making many changes in an attempt to keep up with the times.
“This semester we’re tackling an issue that newspapers always struggle with: quantity verses quality,” explains new Editor-in-Chief Morgan Gilbard ’15. “The model used for the past few years just hasn’t been working.” The Herald will reduce the print-frequency and publish monthly.
On a bi-weekly basis, The Herald will now be published online which is an exciting new development for the campus and a new challenge for the staff. The decision to switch to an online edition was motivated by changing media demands given social media lifestyle, as well as restrictions on editorial staff both in terms of time and finances.
“Switching to an online format doesn’t reduce the workload or the quality of the paper, but it redistributes the work into a more manageable schedule for student writers and editors to handle,” says Gilbard.
The editorial board leadership has also changed. In addition to Gilbard serving as editor-in-chief, Aislinn Raftis ’15 is serving as managing editor. Gilbard has kept on several key editors from last semester as well as appointed several individuals including Bonnie Bushnell ’14, Kat Frabotta ’15, David Luna ’15, Thomas Mascia ’14, and Lillie Forman ’15.
“We are also so blessed to add a new wave of talented students to the Herald staff, including several first years with strong futures in writing.”
Gilbard is honored to oversee the publication. “The Herald has endured for the past 133 years on campus because the leaders on our campus care about our voices, and together, we will ensure that these voices will always be heard.”
So why should you read The Herald? “We try to provide readers with something that they can’t find anywhere else. We can’t promise to break the news on national and international crises. We can’t promise Bill Clinton writing a story, like in this week’s Time magazine. We can, however, promise to provide articles that explain matters that others seem to leave out, like exactly why Greece is bankrupt– not just what comes after the storm.”
The Herald can be accessed online at: hwstheherald.com