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The Skyline View’s New Look: Transitioning From College Publisher to School Newspapers Online

October 11, 2012

If you’ve been on The Skyline View website lately, you may have noticed a new look.  It’s not quite that TSV got a redesign; it’s that the paper has transitioned from its old host, College Publisher, to its now host, School Newspapers Online, which uses WordPress as its content management system (CMS). So far, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

For the students:

One of the biggest benefits is that students are getting to learn WordPress, a more accessible CMS than the one College Publisher uses. While CP was great for many years, and certainly allowed the student newspaper to get a strong web presence, the last several years have been rough.  We had less support and more errors and difficulty using the CP system. Now the students enjoy posting things to their website again.  But more than that, the experience with WordPress means that what they are doing will translate more easily to the “real” world.  Having experience with WordPress will make these students more marketable.

For the journalism program:

In these economically tough times, saving money is important.  School Newspapers Online is simply cheaper than College Publisher.  The journalism program here will be saving real money each year.   Not only that, but the customer service is super responsive.

For the readers:

The site, while still be adjusted, offers readers a better, more intuitive experience, too.  And just wait until the students really utilize all the bells and whistles the site offers.  For example, they already uploaded a calendar that will reflect campus events. Lots more to come on this front.

So visit TSV online and come back frequently.  Things are only going to keep getting better.

 

 

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