Making the Switch

The Rooster changes to an online format


Delaney Hobson

Rooster staff members work hard using their new computers. The computers are HP brand.

Emily Kottak, Rooster Reporter

You may be wondering why you haven’t seen Rooster staff members passing out stacks of newspapers at lunch. During first quarter, The Rooster made the switch to an online format.

The biggest question from people about the switch is “Why?” Several factors went into making the final decision of going from a printed newspaper to online.

The Rooster is using an online program called SNO to host its website. SNO has features available such as photo galleries and videos that couldn’t be created through print.

“I love that you can use so many more colored pictures on SNO because most of the print newspaper was black and white, but now everything is in color,” said senior and online editor-in-chief Natalie Reeder.

A big factor in the switch is the cost. Setting up the website and maintaining it for one year is $650, less than it costs to print just one issue. With this price difference, The Rooster will be able to upload more frequently without cost being an issue.

Uploading more consistently goes hand-in-hand with time management. Is it time consuming for staff members to write their article, take pictures, edit and upload to a brand new format?

“Yes, it can affect time management,” said newspaper advisor Amber Bryant, “A lot of time is spent learning the new software, but once everyone learns it, it’ll be very smooth.”

Being able to upload more consistently will be great for The Rooster and its readers. More content can be featured, as well as more pictures.

Also, being online makes it easier for people who previously didn’t have immediate access to The Rooster to see what’s happening at Reagan. This includes grandparents, friends, other family members, and parents.

It may take time for The Rooster staff to adjust to being online. Seniors see the most difference because throughout their years on the staff, issues have always been in print.

“The transfer from print to online is a challenge, it has its good days and bad days,” said senior and online editor-in-chief Delaney Hobson, “Some days I miss print because it was familiar, but I’m happy we are being innovative.”

The switch is going to be an adjustment for everyone, but it should get easier with time and overall have a lasting effect. The Rooster is excited to continue its next chapter through a computer screen.