A New Vision for The Vision

Alex Crump

In this day and age of instant gratification, less and less people are willing to take the time to walk outside, pick up the weekly/monthly newspaper and peruse through it to get their news. Nowadays, news is about having live and to-the-minute reporting, and having it as easy to access as possible. For this combination of reasons, The Vision is moving online, and has become a solely digital publisher.

“I’m a print guy, I love newspapers. However, they seem to be outdated. With the way our class is set up, we can update stories in real time instead of waiting one month to get the story out,” newspaper adviser Jeff Stoffey said on why he decided to make the change.

The days of tenacious reporters has mostly been replaced with armadas of tenacious typers, and this dramatic shift has been realized by many major publications from The Washington Post to the New York Times, and countless others as well, and now Windsor’s newspaper is one more name on the list. While some may be nostalgic about the white-with-black-ink printed days of old, the digital shift is part of a global movement of digitization of all varieties of media, largely in thanks to the cell phone in the pocket of most Americans. Some even welcome the transition, such as Opinions Editor Brandon Eslamian.

“I think it’s better because the amount of mistakes made on paper was unacceptable, and going online lets us make quick fixes,” Eslamian said.

This idea of quicktime and on-the-fly editing and updating has led to the emergence of huge digital publishers like Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. While not all might prefer digital news over classic print newspapers, the consensus is that the world and its news is moving online, so what better place to introduce our new newspaper, The Hoot.

“We will strive to cover as many events as possible, while also being accurate and timely,” Stoffey said.