Boulder High’s student newspaper gains momentum in first four months as online publication

By Jordan Hohlfelder, news editor

Since going online in October, The Owl has reached several milestones. With over 11,000 total page views, 146 posts and 192 e-mail subscribers, The Owl has established itself as a well developed news source for the Boulder High community and beyond.

“Despite a grinding start, we are starting to get the wind beneath us,” said commentary editor Benn Myers, a senior.

With eight staff members, The Owl typically produces about 20 articles a week.

“The Owl is making huge progress in that we now have a system. We know what we need to do to be successful,” said sports editor Schuyler Wright, a senior.

Now that the newspaper is online and established, readers have been able to follow news that is far more timely than it was when The Owl was a print paper. For example, the boys basketball team’s run to a league title and Final Four appearance in the playoffs has been closely covered. In addition, the newspaper also has begun to feature opinion polls as a way to make the paper more interactive for its readers. The Owl staff also encourages readers to submit letters to the editor and freelance articles.

Sophomore Cory Waltrip will be the reigning editor next year and is hoping for a rise in enrollment for the class.

“We are looking for new staff members and hope to build up our quality of reporting,” Waltrip said.

Adviser Jeff Likes also said that he wants to see an increase in enrollment for the class next year.

“At the end of last spring, the journalism program at Boulder High was nearly eliminated, so successfully establishing the paper online is a huge accomplishment for the staff. They’ve done an excellent job and have proven to be a dedicated group,” Likes said.

“The next step in rebuilding the program is getting students excited about The Owl and encouraging them to get involved,” he added.





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