Website changes, social media usage

Summer Poly updates

Next week marks the end of classes for the semester, and with it, the last issue of The Poly for the 2014–2015 academic year. Throughout this past year, we’ve worked to improve our offerings, both online and offline, and we’re planning on continuing this trend into the next semester and beyond.

Over the course of the summer, we will continue work on our new website, so stay tuned for changes on that front. Our current site runs off of WordPress, which is a bit more limiting, as it is meant for more of a blog-style site. The new site will have better front- and back-end systems, which will allow us to provide better integration between stories and tags, for example. In the interim, we are exploring options of using a more up-to-date WordPress theme, which better reflects our status as a media organization.

In this last semester, we’ve made quite a few changes to our paper, both visually, and in terms of content. We pioneered a new layout, and started writing some longer, more in-depth articles, and have expanded our online presence. In the last year, we’ve made increasing usage of our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, and have started working with our current website to provide multimedia content and PDFs of issues online.

With the end of the academic year, of course, comes the inevitable exodus of graduates to their respective jobs and future endeavors. I’d like to take a moment to recognize some of our future alumni. Ethan Spitz ’15, one of our current contributing editors, has been on The Poly since Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond of his freshman year, in the fall of 2011. Since then, he has served as photography editor, copy editor, and web and systems director. Another of our future alumni is Vicki Lam ’15, who joined The Poly in the fall of 2011, and has since served as copy editor and business manager. Kirk Smith ’15, who also joined in fall of 2011, served as news editor for multiple semesters. All of them have contributed a great deal to make The Polytechnic into what it is today.

With the leaving of a number of our editors comes vacancies which we would very much like filled, so if any of you are interested in selling ads, working on business, taking photos, writing news stories or sports articles (you can get free access to games!), or doing graphic design and layout, don’t hesitate to drop in or shoot us an email! We’re always looking for helping hands (and it’s also a great résumé booster).

Looking forwards, we plan on releasing a summer issue mid-July, before we welcome new freshmen in the fall of 2015 with our NRB event, Poly Press Pass. I hope you’ll stay with us on our journey forward, for many issues to come.