eSomethin keeps growing
Newspapers aren’t what they used to be.
All over the country, newspapers and magazines are moving toward the production of more online content and less print content, a move the PHS Somethin’ made three years ago.
The eSomethin, the online version of the school newspaper, has had some ups and downs.
First, it had a fairly steady stream of content, which then slowed to a small trickle when its staff was reduced to two reporters. Now, the eSomethin is back in the swing of things, having merged with the Cellar to form a multimedia super-group.
Having made this move to the digital side, the eSomethin saw a severe drop in readership. Over the past few years, eSomethin has slowly gained a slightly larger following, especially with the development of the @eSomethin twitter page. The traffic from Twitter has significantly helped eSomethin pull in more readers.
The website now gets about 40-80 views a day, but is it actually a successful school newspaper?
“eSomethin has made tremendous progress in the last year. We’ve been able to put out a lot of content of high quality” said Cellar and eSomethin teacher Tim Kitson. “We’ve continued learning about the process. In six months to a year, it will be bigger and better than ever.”
Mr. Kitson, having taken over the online newspaper this year, is determined to keep up the steady stream of content that has become a key component to eSomethin’s success. He hopes that over the next year or so, eSomethin can increase its traffic and popularity to match the readership of the printed Somethin.