Monday, April 12, 2010

Can the campus paper keep up with the blog?

When Columbia’s dean of the School of General Studies, Peter Awn, announced on March 9 that his school’s diplomas would remain in English, the Columbia Spectator published a standard article reporting the news.

A day later,, Columbia’s popular student news blog, reported that the dean “took a break from being totally awesome to let down GS students easily.” Bwog’s post included a link to other articles about Awn, a picture of the diploma in question, and the full text of Awn’s email announcement. With its lighter tone and focus on local issues, Bwog boasts a loyal readership and has been drawing readers away from the Spectator, Columbia’s official campus paper since 1877.

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