By Carolyn Perlmutter | Assistant News Editor
After 46 years of printing newspapers, the J.J. Pearce Pony Express went online on Jan. 16. This move was officially made in order to make the newspaper more accessible to readers.
“We try to give Journalism students an authentic experience,” newspaper advisor Walter Gast said. “Since most commercial newspapers have moved almost exclusively online, it is something we have to offer to provide an authentic journalism education.”
Before, an issue was published on a monthly print cycle. Each issue was eight to 12 pages long. With a limited amount of space, students would not always get the opportunity to be published.
“Now students will be able to write and be published more frequently,” Mr. Gast said. “Timeliness will be less of an issue for us. When we were on a monthly print cycle, there were events we couldn’t write about because it would have been old news by the time the issue came out; however, by going online we can publish whenever a story is ready.”
The move online impacts both the editorial and production processes.
“It makes my job easier to overlook everything that is going on and I can see each step as its happening instead of just receiving it all at once,” Editor-In-Chief Lauren Sayah said.
For each edition of the newspaper, 2,500 copies of the paper were printed and distributed during third period.
“The biggest challenge is attracting students to the website,” Mr. Gast said. “It’s one thing when you put a newspaper in people’s hands, but it’s a different matter inviting them to visit the website on their own.”
The newspaper can be found online at phsponyexpress.org. To be updated and informed when new stories are released, students can follow the Pony Express on Twitter @phsponyexpress.
“I feel like students are more likely to actually read the articles if they are online because they are more easily accessible,” sophomore Emily Halligan said. “You don’t have to look through the entire paper. Instead, you can just click on the story you want to read.”