As we come to the end of another semester, so comes the end to this volume of iPulse. Though, what a semester it has been for iPulse.
After losing our beloved editors last year, the editors this year knew the game had to be stepped up. Their shoes were big to fill and fill them we have.
The first big change of the semester was the implementation of our app. While we only print 120 copies of the daily issues, over 2000 people have downloaded the app and are reading it daily. Even President Ross mentioned the app at his State of the University address in October.
“The app has made it easier for the entire Lynn community to stay up to date with what is happening on campus even if they are not physically on campus with us,” said Meaghan Boutwell, Graduate Advisor and former Editor-in-Chief.
We have also changed the font and design of the print edition to make it more modern. The colors and font now fit with the rest of Lynn’s marketing design. Those who have seen it in past years love the new look.
“It’s modernized the paper more than anything,” said Boutwell. “It is more appealing to students and keeps everything in uniform with marketing.”
People will also notice that the covers of our Friday editions are livelier with big graphic on the cover. The editors thought it would be nice as a special edition for Fridays and readers have embraced it.
“Once we changed the cover to a full-blown picture, we had an outstanding amount of numbers that came in of people who absolutely loved the change and that they are now picking up iPulse,” said Brooke Rudisill, junior and Editor-in-Chief. “Change is good and the students are enjoying the completely different look of iPulse. If they like the change, then why not do something that would get more readers to pick up the paper.”
The editors have also had the chance to start covering more events off campus. It started with the Millennium Campus Conference where the Editors-in-Chief were able to interview “Sex and the City” actress Kristin Davis and Managing Editor Aisling McEntegart and Copy Editor GraceAnne Trumpfeller were able to interview “The O.C.” actress Mischa Barton. All four of the editors had articles published on the Huffington Post.
Then in November, three of the editors were able to go to the 2014 MTV EMA Kickoff and interview Nick Cannon, Jake Miller, Fifth Harmony and Molly Tarlov. Two editors also attended a pre-screening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” in order to write reviews of it for students.
“I have gotten the opportunity to do so many amazing things through my role as Managing Editor,” said McEntegart, junior. “From covering the MTV event to being published by national news outlets, it’s been so exciting getting a taste of the professional world of journalism.”
Next semester, students will see many new and exciting things come from iPulse with everything that is happening around campus. But for now, iPulse wishes everyone luck on exams and happy holidays.