Stevenson Student Newspaper, The Villager, to Publish Exclusively Online Starting 2016
After nearly 50 years of print editions, Stevenson University’s bi-weekly student newspaper, The Villager, will publish exclusively online starting in January 2016. The Villager announced its move to a digital platform in the paper’s Dec. 7 edition, citing multiple reasons for the transition, namely costs and readership.
“This move aligns with how society works today—as technology evolves, we need to adapt,” said junior Emma Ragon, The Villager’s Co-Editor-in-Chief. “The digital platform provides us with so many new opportunities.”
Ragon, along with fellow editor-in-chief Emily Rosenthal, explained that the move to an online format is an effort to stimulate readership from an audience that is proven more likely to consume news from a digital platform. The transition also means that the paper’s staff will have an unlimited amount of virtual space in which to write.
Additionally, it will enable writers and editors to post more frequent and time-sensitive content in comparison to the current format which only allowed for news stories to be published every two weeks.
“Our hope is that we can produce stories that reach the entire University,” Ragon said.
Individuals can access The Villager online by visiting StevensonVillager.com in January 2016.
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.