St. Scholastica's very own student-run newspaper, The Cable, has expanded to include a new website to complement the print edition. The website can be found at cable.css.edu.
Reactions to the website have been largely positive among the student body.
"I think it's excellent that The Cable is now online. The internet is one of the largest sources of news consumption and I believe it will only benefit our college community to have this fresh and modern take on the newspaper we all know and love," said sophomore Michael Jackson.
"I like how accessible it is. I can check out what's hip-hop happening right on my phone. It's really convenient," said Freshman Taylor Erickson.
With the new website, Cable staff members hope to use the existing readers as a baseline and build off that.
Co-editor Thomas Gallegos believes this starts with improved availability: "Everyone that has access to the Internet will have an opportunity to read The Cable which is extremely exciting."
The Cable's online presence enables followers on various social media sites to engage via the Facebook page (facebook.com/CSScable) and the Twitter account (@CSSCable).
This is increasingly important in 2014. According to the Pew Research Center, 30% of American adults receive their news from Facebook and 8% from Twitter.
Although the content found on the website will likely be the same as the printed version, the flexibility to publish more is plausible, said Alvaro Hernandez-Feris, The Cable's business manager, "There are some weeks when we have too much content submitted to The Cable to print... Now we can put what doesn't fit online since there isn't a limit."
The desire to create a website for the school paper has been a long time goal said Shelby Lonne, co-editor, "When Tom and I got the job as co-editors and Alvaro got the job as business manager, we had a lot of mini meetings about what we wanted to change at The Cable.All of us agreed that it would be cool to have a website. The website could bring in more readers since a lot of students nowadays get their news online. It's not a replacement for our print readers, just a supplement for those who would rather read news on a screen instead."
Gallegos expressed glee when asked to comment on the future of paper and its website, "I am so very happy to be apart of this tremendous step forward for the cable."
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