Same paper, but not on paper

We had a lot of fun with this one.

For those off campus, reading week may just mean that you’re seeing more students buried in books (or taking a break from studying) around town. On campus, it’s eerily quiet, but we’ve been plugging along, putting an issue together for you. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t taken our own kind of break.

For reading week, we’re not putting a print paper on the stands. It’s all here, online, and we’ve strayed from our standard article format a bit too. It’s like business as usual, but a different kind of usual.

There are GIFs. There are memes. There are listicles. There are articles written in the first person. And there’s still the same reporting you’ve come to count on from The Uniter – about local issues that matter to campus and community. But they’ve got videos and extra images to go along with them.

In our print issues, word count is dictated by how much space we have on the page. This week, we had to ask ourselves, “How many words does this topic really need?” There’s a certain craft to working within limitations, to practicing getting a message across clearly, to telling a story in 500 words.

There’s also a kind of liberty in taking a break from those hard lines.

So feel free to peruse our online offerings, and let us know what you think. We love our paper-and-print weekly Uniters, but there’s no rule saying we can’t do more of this as well. Do you want to see more online content, in Uniter style? Let us know in the comments below or email editor@uniter.ca.

Published in Volume 70, Number 20 of The Uniter (February 18, 2016)

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