First Amherst, Then The World!

It’s independent.  It’s Web-only.  It’s student-run.  It’s The Amherst Wire, an online news magazine started roughly one year ago by three multimedia journalism students at UMASS with a passion for “good storytelling, rich multimedia content, interactivity, and fostering community dialogue on the issues that affect our lives.”

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Amherst Wire

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The current tagline: “Local. New. Media.”  My suggestion: “First Amherst, then the world!”  :-)  OK, that’s a bit villainous, but it definitely captures the site’s ever-expanding coverage area.  A scroll through the main pages reveals a text, video, audio, and photo smorgasbord encompassing six main beats that are ambitious in scope (campus, local, national, global, living/arts, and offbeat).

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On her excellent Convergence Commons blog, AW editor extraordinaire Jackie Hai shares snippets about the site’s basic set-up and the most timely news item, the staff’s first day in a new Web-friendly newsroom.

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My favorite part of the site: The Global Beat blog, a dedicated space for UMASS study abroaders to share their foreign academic experiences.  The funniest coincidence of the two most recent posts: A student in France and another in West Africa both wrote separately about strikes that stopped them from attending class.  Some things in life are universal, it seems, including the scope of The Amherst Wire.  Good luck in year two!

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