Spartan Staff Questioned

The staff of The Spartan newspaper at York College of PA has been requested, by me, to answer some serious questions concerning the campus news.  This is a writing assignment for my Writing in Professional Cultures class.  I will eventually write a recommendation report to the college administration.

 

Spartan Staff Questionnaire

  1. Should The Spartan discontinue the entire print process and focus on The Spartan website http://www.spartan.ycp.edu? (Please state your reason for Yes or No.)

 

IF YOU CHOSE YES, SKIP TO QUESTION: 9.

IF YOU CHOSE NO, PLEASE ANSWER THE
FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

  1. Would having more newspaper racks on campus improve circulation?
  2. If all the dining locations on campus had copies of the newspaper available, would this improve circulation?
  3. Should newspaper be delivered to all teaching staff with mailboxes?
  4. Should the Spartan subscribe to the Associated Press news releases?
  5. Should cost of advertising in the Spartan be adjusted to increase ad sales?
  6. Should local businesses receive a discount to
    place ads?
  7. How can we get more articles submitted?

ANSWER IF YOU KNOW or HAVE AN OPINION:

  1. What does it cost YCP to print The Spartan?
  2. Has anyone who wrote for The Spartan and
    graduated become “famous” for their writing career?
  3. Would you be more likely to read The Spartan online if the information was current? (Currently the website has stories from 2009 with upcoming articles for 2010. All pages appear to be from 2009 and ends there.)
  4. Were you aware the website was last updated in 2009?
  5. Would making The Spartan one hundred percent virtual in 2012 have benefits?
  6. If so, what would they be?
  7. What would the negatives be?
  8. How would you feel participating in making 2012 the year York College of PA stopped printing the “hard copy” of The Spartan and focused on reaching out
    to other online college papers, online advertising, and endless opportunities
    that are now available since 2009?

 

PLEASE GIVE SERIOUS INPUT WHY YOU WOULD OR WOULD NOT WANT TO CONTINUE OR DISCONTINUE THE “HARD COPY’ ISSUE OF THE SPARTAN.  MY RECOMMENDATION REPORT WILL BE VIEWED BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND BE BASED ON WHAT THE STAFF OF THE SPARTAN DECIDES.

 

Thank you for answering my questionnaire.

Sincerely,

Pattie Crider

This is the questions The Spartan staff were emailed.  I’ll keep you posted on what I find out.  I think focusing on the website should be the priority of the campus paper, we will see what responses I get.

Feel free to comment your thoughts and ideas concerning this issue.  I can’t use it in my report but I’m curious to hear your thoughts!

Paper vs web,

~P.

Comments

  1. I will say that when I attended Etown (04-08), I did enjoy reading the actual school newspaper BUT I would not go out of my way to get one. I couldn’t tell you if it had a website or not because I never went online to look. The school emailed us daily with its “current events” anyways.
    You could offer an email subscription to the school paper if it doesn’t already offer one. That way interested readers would have it conveniently in their inbox and wouldn’t have to access a separate website. If you’re REALLY looking to get fancy, maybe you could get an app! 🙂

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