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The Volante Launches New Website

April 15, 2014, 6:15 PM by Leland Steva

The Volante Launches New Website

USD's student-run newspaper, The Volante, is keeping up with the times by re-designing its website.

The Volante has been the Student's Voice at the University of South Dakota since 1887. That voice is changing. The students running the newspaper noticed that the old website wasn't keeping up with the demands of its readers because the site wasn't able to be viewed on mobile devices.

"We just saw that there needed to be a change in where we're hosting our website, and how we're presenting it because it wasn't user friendly," content manager Megan Card said.

The future journalists worked together to make the transition to the new Wordpress site, including transferring over 7,000 articles manually.  Online Design Editor Michael Geheren designed the new website, and he is happy with how the website can be viewed by the newest generation of readers.

"We think that our audience, the millennial generation, is moving online, but mainly on mobile devices.  We can just see that on our web traffic that a tremendous amount is mobile," Geheren said.

The Volante isn't just changing how it's presenting the news, but also how it's reporting it.

"We are reporting with our mobile phones so that we can get our stories up immediately and we're not focusing on our print edition every week like we have been in the past. We're focused on getting stuff online first and then we'll develop it more for print afterwards," Geheren said.

"We're not a weekly paper as much as we're a daily news source," Card said.

It's taken almost the whole semester to put together the website. The editor in chief of the paper believes that the experience the students gained creating this new site will help them long after they get their diplomas.

"I think a lot of us individually got to take a lot away from that, especially working with Wordpress. I feel like a lot of employers out in the future are just going to expect you knowing how to do something like that or to have an online, mobile first mindset," Editor in Chief Emily Niebrugge said.  

The website launched Monday.

Click here for a look at the new website. 

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