Last semester, the student newspaper, the LOG, had a rebirth. The website now offers a multimedia experience with videos including student interviews and more. Not only does it offer news about local events such as the opening of Jimmy Johns, but there’s also opinions pieces about things on campus such as the food.
The streamlined design of the new website lets you easily navigate written or video stories, their Twitter, Facebook, and the latest weather. Topics covered by the log include news, features, sports, opinion, and more about life in and off of the Salem State University campus. We interviewed two representatives from the Log, Jane Regan and Leneai Stuart.
Leneai is the Editor-In-Chief. Jane Regan is an award-winning journalist and has been has been working in multiple facets of the journalism field for 35 years. She’s worn the hats of camerawoman, reporter, video editor, researcher, and more. She claims her main focus to be “public interest journalism”. She has global training experience, but also has run three local newsrooms full of mostly volunteer reporters with “real life” gigs in Somerville, MA and in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Working with students and volunteers to do multimedia news work – producing text stories, taking photos, making little videos – is my passion. I love helping beginning journalists learn how to do great interviews, how to tell good stories, and how to create news content that matters and that can make a difference. – Log Faculty Advisor.
image credit: janevregan.org
SIA: Tell us about all of the new updates implemented into the Log this year.
LOG: So far this year the Log has made some big changes. First and most importantly we have updated our website in many ways. With the changing of news and media outlets (and lack of students reading print lately) we knew that our website, as it was, needed to be redone to reel in all the readers we wanted and were trying to gain. We set a totally new overall theme and layout of our website to something more modern and aesthetically appealing as well as simple, easier to navigate, and more photo oriented. On the sidebar of the site social media links have been added so that more people know the accounts exists and use them to keep up with us.
In our print edition we have worked hard on mastering InDesign and making the paper look clean and professional. This has been a hard task but the Log staff has worked many hours to master this and continues to improve with each issue of the Log we put together. We have also added things to both print and online that are more appealing to our peers like a Netflix section where we put together a small list of movies and tv shows we have watched and loved! The Log has also added in comics, many more photos, and many great writers to our team.
SIA: How did your open house recently go?
LOG: Our open house went great! The people that came all brought a lot of great qualities we’ve been looking to add to the Log team. Sports writers, photographers, and even someone interested in making videos for the Log came and showed lots of enthusiasm for their skills and being able to use them to contribute to the Log’s growth.
SIA: What kind of articles do you supply our school with?
LOG: The Log supplies the school with school and community wide news and event coverage. We not only cover the issues on campus and our community but also the concerts, art shows, and so many other events that are constantly happening around us. We offer quality sports stories so those of us who can’t always make the games or just don’t necessarily know what’s going on with a team can check out our website or print edition and get the gist of what’s going on at our school.
SIA: What inspired the transformation?
LOG: The transformation was inspired by the all new Log editorial board and our want to gain readership. Many people underestimate the power of journalism and we really want to show how much we can do with it for our school and community. We also saw the lack of enthusiasm for the school newspaper and how many people just disregarded it and considered it irrelevant. The school newspaper should be a go-to for campus wide news and also a trustworthy news outlet and place for students to write and share experiences, concerns, and opinions with the campus as a whole. We didn’t want to see the paper fail and we knew we had to do something about it.
SIA: What can we look forward to?
LOG: You can look forward to continued growth and development of our website and social media accounts. As well as more new content and of course, much of the wonderful articles by our current and new Log staff!
SIA: Where can we get the updates?
Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for periodic updates and of course Salemstatelog.org
where you will actually be able to witness the change and improvements the Log is still implementing.