Boardman High School's newspaper, the Bugle, has recently expanded into an online format. Students and the community in general can now enjoy the new electronic version without having to register or sign up.
According to Gina Crilley, Bugle adviser, the newspaper staff decided to go online this year due to a high volume of community readership and to allow anyone at any time the ability to read the newspaper on a computer, smartphone or tablet.
''This seemed like the logical step following the Boardman High School BYOD or Bring Your Own Device policy implementation last year,'' Crilley said. ''The BYOD policy allows students to bring their smartphones and other electronic devices into the school building to be used during study hall, lunchtime and approved class time.''
The Bugle was started at BHS in 1965. It is part of the curriculum at the high school that helps teach the finer aspects of print media. This year, a dozen BHS students work on the newspaper by gathering stories and laying it out. While Crilley said she doesn't expect students will ever go 100 percent digital media, the Bugle is no longer put out in a print edition.
The new on-line version can be reached by visiting www.TheBoardmanBugle.com. The site includes stories, sports, student life, and a page that shows this year's staff of editors, writers, and designers.
''We are very happy with the online transition,'' Crilley said. ''We are hoping to continue to get the word out to the students, staff and community.''
She said there are a lot of advantages in moving to the on line edition. She said the students can update it daily with new stories and photos.
''Further, the online edition is much more cost effective for a school publication that we fundraise to produce,'' she added.