College Media / Websites

The Aviso: 3 years online-only

This is a post that’s as much for my own record-keeping as anything. The Aviso (pronounced ah-vee-soh) at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, stopped publishing a print edition three years ago and they’ve been online-only since then.

I sat with two student editors during the critique sessions at the ACP/CMA Convention in Chicago and gave them some suggestions for improving their site. The one thing they definitely have going for them is that there’s not a legacy print edition hanging over their efforts to focus on web-first journalism. Even so, they were still in a weekly production mode. My main encouragement to them was to get out of that mindset.

The site is run on WordPress with a WooThemes theme. I also mentioned some tweaks to the site design, including checking about a responsive design version of their theme.