Lauryn Lee / Staff reporter
For the first time since its inception in 1997, The Edge is now accessible online. Student voices will not only be heard at the end of every month in the student newspaper but even daily as EdgeSD43.org launches.
The Edge is a student-run newspaper that has been recognized with International First Place and George H. Gallup awards as a member of the Quill and Scroll Society. News stories are formulated and published by new media 10-12 students to spread awareness of school activities and illustrate how students are involved within the school community.
Last year, the journalism course was cut due to low enrolment, but a group of students came together as a club to produce what was known as The Cutting Edge, a smaller version of The Edge.
This year, The Edge returned, as a new media course gathered 60 students interested in writing for the school newspaper as part of their required English course for grades 10 and 11.
“I’ve been really impressed with how students are,” said Daniel Beley, English teacher. “I think when students became aware that rather than being in an English class, this was going to be an opportunity to demonstrate their voice and opinion to a much larger audience, the buy-in I saw from the kids was impressive.”
With the return of The Edge, an additional step was taken to further make student voices heard: an online launch.
“I was very happy to hear that we’re finally going to have an online platform where we can pull stories from,” said Alex Zhang, grade 11 and senior staff. “Stories such as news and briefs are not limited to one paragraph or two paragraphs and people are free to write as much, or in some cases as little, as they want.”
The online version of The Edge was created by Scott Findley, English teacher. Each sub-page on the website is divided into sections for opinions, athletics, arts and entertainment, features, and media so students can easily access the category they want to browse.
The website had actually been available for access over the past two weeks as it was beta tested.
“We’re still finalizing what the rollout is going to be, but ideally, and most likely, it’s going to be through as many channels as possible. I would like to see a lot of cross-promotion between our school’s Twitter and Instagram accounts,” said Beley.
“We hope to set up a place that has more frequent student engagement, rather than have students actually grab a paper copy on the days we print,” said Beley. “We want a space where students can be checking regularly because it has content they’re interested in and is up to the minute with what’s happening in and around our school community,” Beley continued.
Some students see value in the release of an online paper.
“The online version is much more convenient because we don’t have a selective pool of stories that don’t need to be decided on beats,” said Zhang, “We can pull from whichever stories we think are best,”
Others don’t see a change in how much they read the school paper.
“I don’t think it’ll increase how much I’ll read, but it will be helpful in the sense that it’ll be easy to locate past papers if I want to read,” said Valerie Zhang, grade 11.
The Edge isn’t shifting away from making printed paper copies by opening an online version.
“I still think there’s value in the tactile quality of having a printed paper,” said Beley. “I don’t think you’re ever going to see it entirely go away, but I would think you’d see more of a transition into these digital spaces,” he concluded.