University of Redlands student-run newspaper up and running – Redlands Daily Facts
REDLANDS >> University of Redlands students returned to class last week and not without their student-run newspaper.
The newspaper, which was placed on hiatus by the Associated Students of the University of Redlands Cabinet in December, has been revamped from a traditional print publication to an online one now called the Redlands Bulldog.
“The site, www.theredlandsbulldog.com, is now live and available to a much broader readership, with flexibility that allows for more timely and dynamic storytelling,” said Denise Davis, director of leadership and involvement, in an email.
Jonathan Garcia, a senior at the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, was named editor-in-chief. He worked through the summer with university alumnus and Web designer Zach Roots to build the new site using content from what would normally be sent to incoming students as the “Summer Bulldog” publication, Davis said in the email.
“There is such a buzz of optimism around the new publication,” Garcia said. “For me personally, it’s very encouraging and I have such a great amount of support around me. I’m just really excited to make something great and make something amazing.”
Now that classes have begun, Davis said Garcia will focus on building a team of reporters, editors and photographers.
The editor and staff positions are paid.
They will post further editorial content in the weeks to come, she said.
George Watson has been hired by the university and ASUR Cabinet to serve as the newspaper’s adviser. He will provide guidance and conduct workshops on all aspects of journalism, Davis said.
Redlands Bulldog remains a student club funded by ASUR that reports to ASUR. It is not a university publication, Davis said.
The paper, formerly known as the Bulldog Weekly, was placed on hiatus with a goal of forming a committee to address concerns regarding journalistic ethics, accurate reporting, student representation, the advisory structure of the paper and low readership, according to university officials.
Student newspaper staff allege the decision was because of an article in the Nov. 10 issue on a $35 million scholarship donation from the Hunsaker family, which quoted a student saying the fund was for “rich, white males.”
The former editors-in-chief launched an independent student newspaper, The Bulldog.