(Originally published in issue 7 of 2018-2019)
These days, it seems as if the world is going digital. Heck, you can even pay at various restaurants and stores using your phone. People use mobile banking, order pizzas online, read on their phones and most publications have a digital copy as well as a printed copy.
In recent years, The Mount Mercy Times had been committed to the world wide web, but lately our site has languished this academic year, partly because we’ve been planning a transition to an exciting new site based on the WordPress platform.
On our new website, set to launch later this month, we plant to feature additional stories and images that are not included in the print issue.
Our transition to a new web site comes at an important point in the life of the MMU Times. We’re located in the lower level of the library, and although we don’t expect to be swept up in the changes that are taking place in that building, we’re not sure of our geographic future. But whether we remain in the smaller library or get moved somewhere else, our mission to serve the Mount Mercy community with news written and reported by students remains.
Which brings us to another point. This month, at our request, the Board of Student Publications is initiating a long-term conversation about the future of student media at MMU. We know that this campus is a richer place due to the presence of the Times, but there is also a strong impression that today’s young people don’t want to read our print product.
That’s an impression that needs some data. After all, two staff members volunteered this month to review books they had recently read and enjoyed—clearly some young people do still read. But media in general outside of MMU are placing increasing emphasis on their efforts to provide news via mobile platforms—mobile phone apps and internet sites.
How much emphasis should the Times place on itself as an electronic source of information, and what does that mean to our future as a print outlet?
We invite you to join in that effort. If you have input or ideas for student news media at MMU, let us know. Attend one of our meetings. Talk to Dr. Nate Klein, find out who is on the board and provide your ideas.
We’re not sure where this bigger conversation will lead the Times, except we are sure that we remain committed to you, the MMU community, and, in particular, the students of MMU.
thought: A student newspaper is run by students who understand the
importance of their own media and are willing to invest their time
and effort in creating content. If you’re interested in writing,
photography, shooting video, working on an internet site or mobile
app—join us. We need you, and MMU needs an ongoing, vibrant student