Kalamazoo College's Student Newspaper
We are living in a time and a place where convenience is of tremendous value. How different our lives would be if we couldn’t use the Internet to do research, our GPS’s to give us directions, or our smartphones to check email on the go. In this age of convenience, an unfathomable amount of information is only a click away.
Today more people are reading their news online rather than from a print newspaper. Online papers have so many benefits: any topic can be plugged into the paper’s search engine, past articles are easy to locate and pictures are high quality. They are often free and always greener than a print newspaper. But when too much value is held in convenience — when people only stay updated with the world around them by reading the headlines posted by NPR from the Twitter app on their iPhone — journalism loses so much of its purpose.
Journalists write to tell a story, to tell the truth, to inform and to inspire. As Web Editor of the Index, I am trying to strike a balance between convenience and these essential purposes of journalism. Considering the fast-paced, extremely busy life most of us lead at K, I understand that everyone will not read every story in every section of the newspaper. I am hoping to post more audio clips, videos and photo essays to engage our readers, allowing the story, truth, information and inspiration to be wholesome while still optimizing convenience.
The web is always changing, and our website is in a constant process of innovation. I always like to hear from our readers on ideas about how to improve our website.