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Troubadour available online starting January 23

January 21, 2014

 Beginning on January 23, the Troubadour is available online to the University and its alumni. The move to the web has been an ongoing process, according to Troubadour advisor Brent Ottaway.

Moving the newspaper to an online version will allow easier access for students, faculty, and alumni. The goal is to keep people informed of upcoming events and university happenings in an easier and more timely manner. Rather than waiting two weeks between paper copies, readers will have 24-hour access to view updated articles and events.

There were several steps that needed to happen in order to make the move possible; student involvement, reliable quality of work and, most importantly, financial backing.

"The initial outlay was taken care of as part of a gift from Saint Francis alum, David LaTorre," said Donna Menis, instructor of communications and director of the Honors Program.

LaTorre owns his own public relations firm in Harrisburg, LaTorre Communications. He is also the former press secretary to the state governor, and is currently the spokesman for Penn State University.

LaTorre's donation instructions were that it be used in the communications department. "His donation paid for that initial connection to our hosting agent," said Menis. "I think he is very happy with where his money is going, but not only that, he will be able to take part in it because he'll be able to read it all the time."

According to Ottaway and Menis, there is also an app in the works for the Troubadour. The newspaper will be available for both Android and iPhone. The app, along with the website, will have the capacity for photos and videos, making the paper much more interactive.

Although the paper is available online, printed copies will also be available for viewing. "There will only be three printed copies versus six because the website will be updated much more regularly," said Troubadour Editor-in-Chief Cecelia MacDonald. "We decided to continue to print at least some editions so that visitors to the university and other people will be able to have a physical copy to see what our staff has accomplished."