by Ali Boan
Kaneland Krier Executive Editor
Kanelandâ€”The Kaneland Krier has many ideas in store to make the student-run newsmagazine both more interesting and more accessible. One way the Krierâ€™s executive staff is pursuing this goal is by setting its new and majorly improved website into action on Nov. 19.
The Kaneland Krierâ€™s official website, www.kaneland.org/krier, is run by Krier executive online editors Hope Zegiel and Ali Boan.
â€œI think the new website is a step forward for the Krier as it prepares to take the world of online journalism more seriously,â€ said Cheryl Borrowdale, Krier adviser. â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to the staff being able to put out more frequent updates and have wider news coverage. Since journalism is becoming so tech savvy, I think itâ€™s important for Krier students to learn those skills as well.â€
Different from last year, this yearâ€™s new website has numerous options of choosing different kinds of stories, such as school news, lifestyle, trends and community/board news, and many more. Although these topics may seem familiar, as seen in the regular, monthly edition of the Krier, the website will hold completely different news.
â€œThe news and stories you read about on the website will be different than what you read in the actual newspaper version of the Krier, because itâ€™s stories that have been submitted just for us,â€ Zegiel said. â€œSo going online will allow people to read stories written by kids at Kaneland that theyâ€™ve never read before.â€
By visiting this website on a regular basis, it will allow students, parents and anybody who is interested the ability to check up on whatâ€™s happening in the community, school, columns submitted by students and stories that are strictly saved for Internet purposes.
â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to putting this website in action. There are a lot of big changes from last year, so weâ€™re hoping that people will actually take time to sit down and check it out,â€ Zegiel said.
One of the other many things thatâ€™s taking a change for the better with the website is its image.
â€œThe new website is so much more visually attractive,â€ executive editor Mel Mazuc said. â€œItâ€™s way more user-friendly, and the stories will be updated much more frequently. We can only print once a month with our graphic capabilities, but itâ€™s much faster to use a website.â€