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New online version of ISU student newspaper The Bengal to go live by Monday, Oct. 4

September 29, 2010
ISU Marketing and Communications

Idaho State University’s student newspaper The Bengal will feature a new online edition by Monday, Oct. 4.

"We are working on finishing our new and updated website (www.isubengal.com) so that it can go live as soon as possible," said Princess Young, The Bengal's Editor-in-Chief. "We were planning on making it live on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and even publicized it as such in our print edition of The Bengal, but we ran into some technical problems. We have been building our site with a company that is located in New York so we've been in close contact with them this week and are working on the issues now. The website will go live during the day on Monday, Oct. 4."

The Bengal's new website will feature all the content from the print editions, exclusive online stories, surveys and polls to participate in, online photo galleries, a PDF of the current edition of the paper, and online archives.  Readers can also subscribe to an RSS feed and can submit online opinion articles and letters to the editor.  

Cassidy Fernandez is The Bengal's Online Editor.

"I am very excited for the debut of the new site next week, and I am sure our readers will notice the improvements of our online version," Fernandez said.  "Our website had not been updated since 2006.  With the new layout, it will be easy to see why the noticeable differences in the site made it well worth the wait."

"We currently have more than 3,000 people that are subscribed to the RSS feed to our old site.  They will be transferred to the new site next week, and I hope that our new edition will be so appealing that we will gain even more subscribers," Young said. "It's our 100th year of publication with the print edition of The Bengal this year, and I am happy with the changes we have been making to attract students, staff, and the community to our publication.  Technology has become increasingly vital in today's society so the new website will help us even more as we constantly increase our efforts to gain readership."




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