Rebirth: a facelift for The Watch

Today marks a new beginning for The Watch — a clean break from the past. We are beyond excited to start writing the next chapter, and we want your help. It’s out with old and in with the blue… and orange!

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. That platitude may be lifted straight from ’90s pop music, but it’s still the perfect pith to describe what’s happening here. Today marks the end of an era, and the beginning of an exciting new one for The Watch.
We’ve been hard at work re-imagining what a student publication should be, and with many ambitious goals in mind, we’re rolling out the first part of our vision with a decidedly contemporary online experience.
Bringing The Watch into the 21st century in many ways mirrors the paradigm shift that the entire journalism industry is experiencing right now. We believe it’s time to embrace the strengths of the web and use it to deliver amazing content that is engaging, interactive and available from any device.
To mark our clean break from the past and first steps into that brave new world, we have redesigned the brand. Our new colors are markedly different and are emblematic of the seismic changes that have been going on behind the scenes.
As with any major shift, there will be a few glitches in the process. The process of cleaning out the cruft of the old website is still underway. While we complete that work, you may notice any number of small issues with existing content: old comments are not visible yet, but they will be imported; some bylines are out of whack; and some stories are missing pictures or cutlines. We will be working swiftly to bring everything up to code, but we didn’t want to delay the launch for those minor housekeeping chores.
After you have taken a look around, drop us a line to let us know how we’re doing — what you like, what you don’t like and what you think would make it an even better hub for King’s news.
We’re here for you, and we hope that you’ll be there for us. Here’s to the first chapter of our new story being one to remember.
Tell us what you think by reaching out on Twitter, Facebook or email

By David J. Shuman

David is the current editor-in-chief of The Watch and writes on student issues and events. Find him on Twitter: @DavidJShuman

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