IS THIS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL STUDENT E-NEWSLETTER IN BRITISH UNIVERSITIES?
BY FEBRUARY 1st, the Coventry University student e-newsletter cutoday.wordpress.com is expected to top 50,000 hits. This is a tremendous achievement in less than a year and we think it is possibly the most popular student e-newsletter in British Universities.
Cutoday.wordpress.com, written largely by journalism students,but designed to be read far and wide. contains news and features about the Coventry School of Art and Design and all its subject areas not just journalism. It is truly cross platform with pieces in text.photography,audio and video. Cutoday.wordpress.com is refreshed with new stories several times each day.
Since it was set up by final year journalism student Jason Carig in March of 2009 it has gone from strength to strength and the exponential growth has continued under this year’s editor Marc Johnson who has actively encouraged other s to contribute(if you want to just contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org). A new editor is set to take over at Easter 2010.
The widespread usage inside and outside the University shows the pitch of cutoday.wordpress.com is right. Top stories consistently include Steve Cropley, editor of Autocar, on Motoring journalism and Ten things you need to now about Coventry plus sports stories from the Play The Game Conference in June 2009 where cutoday.wordpress.com was the official journal.
Future plans include a redesign and much more audio and video on site linked to the increasingly popular Coventry University itunesu site. Journalism will stay at the heart of it.
John Mair who helped give birth to cutoday.wordpress.com and who keeps an editorial eye on it (The only mistakes have been spelling mistakes..) says:
“I am immensely proud of these students as they reach this milestone. Jason and Marc have done superb jobs as the Editors. Cutoday.wordpress.com shows what happens if you train your students and, most importantly,that you trust them.
They do not need nannying or censoring. The e-newsletter has seen off many competitors within and without the University. The rationale for it are the hits. These nursery slopes and portfolio pastures are vital to modern journalism students.Long may it thrive. Onwards to 100,000 hits for cutoday.wordpress.com..”