Extra, extra, read all about it—online!
On Febuary 9, 2016, ARHS’s student newspaper, The Graphic, left the dark ages and entered the 21st century. Since 1914, the paper has been exclusively issued in print. One hundred and two years later, it’s on the World Wide Web.
The decision to create an online edition of the paper was based on the conclusion that online content reaches more readers. “Online media is the wave right now,” said English teacher Sara Barber-Just, the paper’s advisor.
Ms. Barber-Just also recognized the opportunity to digitally archive The Graphic’s content. And she cited the fact that many other schools’ papers are already linked to the Internet.
“There is no way I was going to let Northampton High School beat us in this department,” joked Ms. Barber-Just.
ARHS senior and newspaper editor Yasunari Watanabe designed and launched the website, once he and Ms. Barber-Just secured access to the school’s WordPress account.
“We started by selecting and customizing a theme for the website,” said Watanabe, “and then we set up a workflow for our staff to efficiently publish content.”
Ms. Barber-Just hopes to see an increase in students’ sharing of the articles on social media, as she believes that the online edition makes it incredibly easy for students to publicize their work.
“I would love for all of the amazing writing they do to be more widely read by their families, community, and friends,” said Ms. Barber-Just.
The Graphic’s website can be found at www.thegraphic.arps.org, or via the ARHS website under the “Students and Families” tab.