It’s been more than a decade since Portland Community College had a newspaper circulating around the campuses. Now a group of students and their faculty advisor are about to re-launch The Bridge, this time taking advantage of the global shift of traditional newspapers toward an online edition that will be available this month.
The first edition is slated for when students arrive back for classes, and the editors and writers are looking forward to making an impact with the re-launch of The Bridge. The online edition will be focused toward getting students up to date on college proceedings, activities and concerns. Additionally The Bridge will give students interested in journalism the experience they seek and a chance at writing for their college paper.
Erik Burlingame is The Bridge’s student editor and he feels that students should have a news forum while in college. “Students should have a voice that resonates within their campus and throughout the others. We live in a divisive time. There’s obstructionism in congress and occupation on Wall Street. I believe that broader communication of ideas and events among students will revitalize their spirit.”
The Bridge’s online version will have some advantages over its long gone printed cousin. “First, there are no printing and distribution costs. Second, we can add links to videos and music and we can link to our sources. For example, if we were to run a story about scholarships awarded to students, we could have a link to the PCC Foundation website,” said Tony Greiner, the faculty advisor for The Bridge.
Added Burlingame, “The Bridge, as it exists today, is entirely web-based, is still developing a functional advertising format for its platform, and is staffed by only four full-time students. The contrast is stark to its former printed edition 10 years ago, but by the end of the year, we hope that, with the support of the student body, The Bridge will be completely mended. Additionally each campus’ library has a bound collection of The Bridge. Sylvania’s collection dates back to the early seventies. I encourage students to explore them to get an idea of the paper’s heritage.”
The first issue is scheduled for publication on September 23, the Sunday before students return for Fall Term.
Students interested in submitting pieces for The Bridge – including stories, sketches, photographs, reviews and opinions – should contact the editor at their respective campus. If you’d like to be a regular contributor, or just have a story to submit, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org One of the student editors will get back to you.