New Web Site Consolidates Student Media
Posted: January 28, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Dave Andrews
Mason student media groups plan to launch a new web site today that will make getting Mason news, videos and photos easier than ever before.
Connect2mason.com will combine the content from every student media group at Mason, including Broadside, the student newspaper, into one location. But rather than coming out weekly, the content will be updated daily. A staff composed of Mason media students will work each day to post the most up-to-date content available from each source, as well as provide their own content.
“Even though most of our advertising has yet to get under way, the students I’ve spoken with are all very excited about it because so much information is available in one place,” says Whitney Rhodes, a senior majoring in communication with a journalism concentration who directs the project. “The university is also very excited because they place so much emphasis on building relationships with the surrounding community; this is a great way to do that.”
An entire section of the site will feature user-generated content. All those who wish to post something may do so at the site after creating an account. Not only can news, photos and video footage be posted, but users can create their own blogs.
In addition to the compiled news content, Mason’s student video team is creating a new video series. The weekly series will feature Mason students, faculty or alumni in front of the camera talking about their passions and goals.
The site has content lined up for the coming weeks that includes podcasts from WGMU radio, features on Black History Month and a special presidential campaign package feature as the Virginia primaries approach. Users can also see teasers to some of Mason’s cable network programs.
“It’ll be terrific watching this grow and develop as the semester progresses — to see more and more faculty, student and community support,” Rhodes says. “Then we’ll feel like this was a worthwhile endeavor.”