Editorial

In our own words |CNM Chronicle staff speak about transition from print to digital

By Guadalupe Santos-Sanchez, Managing Editor

The CNM Chronicle has printed its last issue and in the future will be providing news solely online.

News will be up to date and easier to access online.

“From a production point of view I think it’s easier to maintain it online. We can upload stories as we get them and it will be more convenient,” said Melissa Shepard, liberal arts major and CNM Chronicle Production Manager.

Fewer people will read it because CNM is not known for having an online news presence, she said.

It will be good to see where The Chronicle goes as a digital newspaper, said Jacob Perea, fine arts studio major and CNM Chronicle Cartoonist and Distribution Manager.

“But I think less people will read the paper now and if the paper is not sitting there in stands, I feel that some students, staff and faculty won’t remember to check us out online,” he said.

But it could be good to be digital because some people also would not get a chance to read the paper because copies would run out, he said.

“There is no such thing as running out of copies when you are online,” he said.

It is sad to see print going out of style now a days, said Lucy Honorato, early childhood multicultural education major and CNM Chronicle Senior Layout Designer.

The idea of going on line is good though since that seems to be the way everybody is getting there news now, she said.

“I think print journalism is in a weird place right now and I don’t like seeing another print newspaper going down,” Shepard said.

It will also be an uphill struggle to get an online readership, she said.

Seeing another paper stop printing is hard, said Jack Ehn, CNM Chronicle Faculty Advisor.

“I grow up with the print newspaper and some people expect me to be bothered by going digital but I’m really not, I actually think it is an interesting thing to experiment with,” he said.

Being able to figure out all the different things that a paper can do with online journalism is an important thing for students to figure out, he said.

Especially since it seem that all media is now transferring to digital and moving towards all the different online mediums, he said.

Shepard said that from a production standpoint going online makes things a little easier.

The ability to upload stories whenever they come in makes the availability of breaking news better for the students, she said.

Honorato said, “For me personally, because I do design, I guess it is going to be nice because I will get to work on the website and get that extra experience.”

Getting to work on different styles of journalism will help to build a better resume, she said.

Perea said, “I guess because I am distribution it will be the easiest for me to switch since I will just stop delivering the paper.”

It does allow the opportunity to try other things though like cartooning and other responsibilities around the office, he said.

CNM Student Perspectives:

By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

Question:

How do you feel about the CNM Chronicle switching from a printed publication to a fully electronic publication?

Answers:

“I think that having the paper be fully online will not be a very smart move for the chronicle,” said Zoe Soto Criminology major.

“I have seen the online version of the paper like a sort of pdf and that version combined with the printed version was okay,” she said.

“I don’t see any reason for the paper to take away the paper version from the readers,” she said.

 

“I like this idea of the chronicle going fully digital,” said Carlos Martines Computer Information Systems major.

“This gives people a better way to check for the current news updates and information that is needed for students that attend CNM,” he said.

“I am very busy with work and school so I never have time to go anywhere so picking up a copy of the paper is very difficult,” he said.

“The only thing is that the chronicle would need to make it very clear on how to get the news the new way,” he said.

“This is also a very good way to save trees and be friendlier towards the environment,” he said.

“I am glad that the chronicle is reducing its harm on the environment,” he said.

 

“I don’t really think that the change in the paper will impact students at all,” said Diego Flores engineering major.

“I think most students are indifferent to the change since most of the people in today’s generation really do not care about the news, and if they do I think they just look at Facebook or something like that,” he said.

“The paper is smart though, it is nice to see a change once in a while, this way students have more access and it keeps their attention,” he said.

“I really do not follow the news, but this way at least it makes it easier for me if I want to find something interesting to do,” he said.

“I can see how this can affect students in a really bad way,” he said.

“Students that do not have any internet access will not be able to get the news,” he said.

“I think that students should be able to get the news even if they are not able to connect to the internet every day, so that is one way that the paper might be making a mistake,” he said.

 

“It’s very cool that the chronicle is doing this change,” said Joseph Crowder fire science major.

“Students will be able to know what is going on all the time at the school,” he said.

“Having fast and reliable news is extremely important for everyone attending college,” he said.

“Distractions like the activities the paper covers are a great way to keep students active and safe while they are attending college,” he said.

“Going out and doing activities that the paper suggests are much better than going out and doing dangerous and unproductive things like drinking or partying all the time,” he said.

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