Discourse / Editorials / October 13, 2010

Thoughts from the Embers: The online revolution

Since 2007, The Knox Student (TKS) has had a website, theknoxstudent.com, which was created completely by students. Since its creation, the website has grown in readership, and we want to see it grow more.

And why? Why this press towards the online revolution when it comes to our media? We feel that we need to keep up with the way that the rest of the media world is evolving. Being at Knox is seen as training for the world after Knox, and if many of us here at TKS want to learn how to be a reporter or an editor at a newspaper after college, we must learn the reality of the Internet’s place.

Also, the online world of TKS can benefit you, the reader. Use this opportunity to get involved and make your voice heard. You can comment on Discourse articles fellow students write or on the news stories we cover. The world of online journalism is a place where, though often abused by anonymous comments, you have a rare chance to respond immediately to articles, opinion pieces and other comments that already exist on those pieces. You have a chance to discuss the issue with someone you might not know in “reality.”

What’s more, we are starting to utilize online polls, editors’ blogs and photo galleries on the website. Furthermore, we are putting an effort into covering news as it happens throughout the week, so that you don’t have to wait to get the facts about larger stories on campus.

In a lot of ways, the online revolution is bad for the newspaper business. When people simply go online to read their news from a vast variety of sources for free instead of buying several print editions, newspapers modify themselves in many ways, including downsizing staff due to a lesser need for employees in such areas as circulation. Here at TKS, we don’t need to do this, thankfully, but we do need to learn to adjust in other ways.

In this move to the Web, we don’t want to take away the legitimacy of our print edition. We want the two to work in conjunction with each other, each of them offering something unique. For example, a print edition will always be timeless and something that you can pick up from the mailroom or the Gizmo whether or not you have a computer with you, but the polls will be unique to the website.

Whatever ways our website changes, we want you to be involved, whether that means leaving your opinion in comments or telling us ways we can improve and things we can add. The world of online media isn’t going away any time soon, so we might as well embrace it as best we can.

TKS Staff


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