Catching up to technology

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Rebekah.RichardsI have never been the type of person to completely keep up with the times. I got an iPod years after they came out. A flat screen television was not present in our home until just a few years ago. I did not have a Facebook account until halfway through my first semester at Franciscan and my roommate convinced me I wouldn't survive college without one.

As I prepared for this semester with The Troubadour I began to realize that this publication takes after me. School publications have been using social media for years now, and their websites are well-developed and intuitive. I had to ask myself, what are we at The Troubadour doing to catch up with technology and reach people where they are?

I want to hear from you, the student body, about what you want to see from The Troubadour this year. What can we do to help you stay informed? Would you like more national news? Do you have an idea for an interesting column that you would like to write or just suggest? Send us an email at to make suggestions or tell us how we are doing and how we can improve.

There are a few exciting advancements we would like to share with you already. We have a new website. We have tried to make it as appealing as possible. The navigation is better and hopefully there will be fewer link errors and easier readability. We will be updating with new stories often if not every day. We hope you will check back often to see what is new on campus and around Steubenville.

We have had a Facebook page for a couple years now but have not used it to reach people as much as we could have. We are committed to making this happen. We will let you know about the new stories on our site but also those from top news sources such as USAToday and the Washington Post. We will also post important news from the Herald Star so you can stay informed on things to do and what to watch for in Steubenville. To see all this in your news feed, become a fan at our page, entitled Troubonline.

Finally, we have also developed a Twitter account, which we wil also use to reach you with exciting new information. Our username is Troubadourfus.

We have a great staff this year, all of whom are ready to do whatever it takes to reach you in the best way that we can. The assistant editor, Elizabeth Wong, and I have been thinking outside the box to bring you new stories and interesting facts never before featured in The Troubadour. In the end our job is to serve you and we want to do the best job we possibly can.

We invite your input at any time throughout the semester on any topic, whether you are a student, professor, or staff member. Stay in touch and please keep reading because it means a lot to us!

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