Dear Signal readers,
Half-way through the fall semester — why is it not April yet? — and I’m proud to say The Signal has had a great beginning to the new year. But, as with everything it is time for a change, and following in the steps of Creative Loafing and news outlets around the world, we will be turning our attention to online.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our georgiastatesignal.com website, we’ll always have the latest, breaking information for you there. Incidents on campus, new legislation, city matters as well as Perimeter College updates; we’ll be on it as we have always been in the past. Make sure you’re following @gsusignal, and don’t be afraid to tweet or message us when you hear of something. Catch us at your favorite festivals, parades and events, Livestreaming from Facebook, tweeting out athletic updates throughout games (@GSUSignalSports kept us in the loop at our Coastal Carolina game on Saturday), or sending out live updates on campus and city noteworthy incidents.
In early November, we will launch our new website — with the same URL — which will cater much more to our student needs. It will be simpler, straight-forward, and a whole lot more mobile-friendly. That way, you’ll be able to browse around and read our top stories from your laptop or mobile phone. The new online platform will give you easy access to latest news, include feeds from our social media, information about our advertising and applications, as well as cartoons and photos of the week.
The next decision we made was to cut down our page numbers. Going from our regular 20-page print issues, we will now be print 16 pages worth of Signal news, Arts & Living, Opinions and Sports. Our special issues, like the homecoming, Halloween and basketball issue, will remain 20 pages. The 4-page cut serves for two purposes. It will help with the paper’s budget — so we can invest on better equipment and more events targeting our student audience — and it will cut down on wasted space, so that we include all our most crucial information for you, but with no filler extras. Our section stories will be the most important issues throughout that week, while the rest of our content will go online on a daily basis.
After student demand, we are also including a brand new ‘News You Can Use’ feature in print, found in the inside front cover, which will inform you of job and volunteer opportunities around campus. We have partnered up with Campus Services next door, to give you updated openings each week, for all majors. Write, tweet, or message us to let us know what you think! We’re always open to student feedback, and always strive to do our best to fit your needs.
Thank you for picking The Signal up, and I hope you enjoy our new ideas!
Good luck on midterms, Georgia State!