We’re online and proud
November 16, 2011
Filed under Opinions
At The Rip, we’ve spent a lot of work this semester trying to give you the best information that we can in our print edition. We’ve also done even more work expanding on a more modern part of journalism: online journalism.
We’re not sure how many people know about our new website, but we’ve sure been promoting the hell out of it and it seems to work.
Thanks to miracle of modern-day technology, not only can we see how many people visit our website but even the country they visit from.
That’s right. We’re journalists and we have a vague idea where you come from. So keep it friendly with the comments you post, please.
It’s true that most of our views come from the United States, but we have our fair share of visitors from Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and even India.
Sure, most of these may be the result of a bad click, odd searches or possibly even programs combing through the vast seas of the Internet, but it doesn’t stop us from patting ourselves on the back for our international appeal.
We also know that our views spike around the time our print edition comes out, which means some of you are actually reading it, which we appreciate.
We’re especially glad that you like it enough to visit our website.
The website has been our pet project this semester, and we’re all at least a little protective of it.
It lets us do things that are impossible on print in this day and age.
If we get a story that’s important enough that it can’t wait for the print edition, we’re putting it up on the website immediately.
We even post football updates on our Twitter account, for those of you who can’t make it to the games.
Sure, it may be possible in the far future for us to put a podcast in our physical newspaper, but for now we’ll settle for online.
If you’ve ever looked at our paper and thought to yourself “Gee, I wish there were more pictures with this story,” you’re in luck.
Often in the newsroom, we have to make decisions on which picture to run with that particular story.
Luckily, on the Internet we don’t have that problem at all. Every single picture our photographers take that’s good enough to go up on the website does.
We’re glad to know you’re looking at the website, listening to the podcast and maybe looking at a few photo galleries in our little corner of cyberspace.
A lot of you keep coming back, probably refreshing over and over to get the most up-to-date football scores you possibly can.
Print journalism isn’t dead yet, as much as people like to say it is, but our website makes a great companion to the newspaper.
We at The Rip are glad to keep the students informed on the issues while we keep on the cutting edge of the journalism world.
So, to all 1,543 people out there who checked out the website last week: thank you, cheers, dhanyawaad, gracias and danke.
Oh, and for those of you viewing our website on Internet Explorer: our website updated and so should your browser.