eSomethin.com is your digital newspaper
eSomethin.com makes its debut as Perrysburg High School’s digital student newspaper with high hopes for the future, but also not forgetting its roots — The Somethin’, that venerable broadsheet newspaper published by Perrysburg High students since 1922.
Because of waning interest of students to publish and read a newspaper when they now communicate via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites through their cell phones, The Somethin’ ceased publication in May.
Sponsored by The Blade, eSomethin.com is being produced under the guidance of Ben Fry, high school English teacher, and Dave Murray, The Blade’s managing editor.
When The Somethin’ closed at the end of last school year, there were three students who did most of the work. The staff of eSomethin.com now totals 13 journalists and their numbers grow each week. Perrysburg students are reporters, columnists, editors, photographers, and videographers. Students will also be Web editors and maintain the site, posting new stories, photos, and features each week, and sometimes daily depending on the news.
Since the first eSomethin.com staff meeting on Sept. 18, students have volunteered to write stories, cover sports, fashion, and to write columns. Plans are in the works for music and video game reviews, live coverage of sporting events, consumer columns, and much more.
“My goal is to bring interesting stories to the students of Perrysburg High School in an easy and accessible way, and I hope people support eSomethin.com,” said Dallas Stiles, a senior, captain of the high school swim team, and now a staff writer and multimedia editor of eSomethin.com.
Michael Short, principal of Perrysburg High School, said it was a sad day when The Somethin’ ceased publication, but the birth of eSomethin.com will be more relevant to students because they now live in a digital world.
“Journalism is changing so fast and the biggest benefit of eSomethin.com for Perrysburg students is the real-world application they’ll be involved with,” Dr. Short said. “This will allow them to practice what could be a career for them. I’m very excited about The Blade’s partnership and what it will mean for our students.”
eSomethin.com will also be available as a mobile site on your cell phones. And, of course, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.