, Derry, New Hampshire

October 18, 2012

Lancer Spirit is going online

By James Niedzinski
Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — Londonderry High School students have seem some significant technological leaps in their time, from iPads to SMART Boards.

Now, one monthly staple is due for an update.

The school newspaper, The Lancer Spirit, will go online soon.

“The process is still ongoing,” adviser Mary DeWinkeleer said. “We have been working on this a long time.”

The project to get an online version of the paper up and running has been going on for about two or three years, she said.

While some newspapers fear the technological age will be the end of the traditional paper, the Spirit staff is embracing its new medium.

“It will just be a new and more efficient way to share information,” assistant editor-in-chief Kyle Maley said.

Students are currently working on stories ranging from viral meningitis to dodge ball, and everything in between.

Because their paper comes out on a monthly basis, the new online format will allow reporters and editors to share more up to date and relevant stories.

Sports editor Steven Wong attended a conference about the changing world of journalism.

“There will always be newspapers,” he said. “It’s just the formats that are changing.”

Although the 15 editors and 34 reporters for the paper are concerned about job security, they still show plenty of passion for good journalism, DeWinkeleer said.

The print edition will not be replaced by the online version, she said.

Students are working on their October issue, the first true issue, editor-in-chief Sydney Countie said. The September issue was more of a “welcome back” to students, she said.

The paper plans to go online in the coming weeks, DeWinkeleer said.

In addition, the newspaper also has a Facebook page and Twitter account.

“There are still a few kinks to work out,” DeWinkeleer said. “But it’s going to be fantastic.”

The next issue is set to be on Oct. 25.