By Gazette Staff
The times, they are a changin' and now The Gazette has undergone a monumental change too. As of today, Western's daily student newspaper is on-line.
The Gazette is celebrating its 90th anniversary of publication this year. "Creating a website is the most significant change the paper has undergone since 1991 when it went from a twice-weekly publication to its current four-times-a-week schedule," said Jason Ménard, the paper's editor-in-chief. "The on-line version is still in its infancy and is still very basic but we're hoping it will grow and expand.
"We've been on the forefront of student journalism for 90 years with this paper and, with the advent of the on-line version, we're hoping to continue to play a leading role for the next 90 years."
The on-line version of The Gazette can be accessed at www.gazette.uwo.ca. The site was composed by Rik Logtenberg, a webpage designer and University Students' Council president, Dave Tompkins.
It is hoped this new medium will grab the attention of alumni who want to keep in touch with Western. "As an alumni, I look forward to popping back and seeing what's going on at my alma mater... and seeing Horovitz," Tompkins said.
He added the site will be beneficial to all students. "The Gazette is the number one source for students to keep in touch with what is going on around campus.
"This will only enhance its value and keep students more connected."
The on-line version of The Gazette includes news, sports, entertainment, features, comics and the editorial section, explained the paper's supervising editor, Laura Koot. "Each section provides an avenue for the readers to respond as there are links to each section's email addresses," she said. "We are looking forward to seeing what readers have to say about our use of this medium and altering our current product accordingly."
The on-line Gazette has an archive section where all the papers produced on-line will be stored a feature which will be an invaluable resource to writers and researchers alike, Koot said.
Tompkins agreed this presents many possibilities. "As a student politician it will be valuable to do searches and look back at old articles to get some perspective."