The Boar has re-launched its website today with a new look.
This is part of the newspaper’s 40th anniversary celebration, which commences in October. It also brings the website in line with the newspaper which was redesigned last year.
Chris Hackett, who was co-editor of the Boar during the redesign, said: “The old website was looking tired and needed a refresh. We’ve also moved over to a system which makes it much easier for us to upload content and make content more flexible and engaging. The old site often didn’t work too.
“It’s great that the launch has coincided with the Boar reaching 2,000 followers on Twitter.”
The Boar’s online edition is thought to have been last redesigned in 2004, when the reader comments section was introduced.
The website team plan to make subtle adjustments to the site over the coming months to improve it further following feedback from readers.
National student media website ‘Ones to Watch’ named the Boar its ‘Publication of the Month’ in February 2013, and the editorial team wish to build on this achievement by creating a more interactive and accessible online counterpart to its fortnightly paper edition.
Mr Hackett added: “We’ve tried to keep much of what we liked in the old site in the new one. It’s still easy to use, fresh and clean but with added features such as our new newspaper archive, sub-sections and more article flexibility.
“It will be much easier for the Boar to gain advertising to make sure the paper remains financially viable.”
The newspaper has won five Guardian Student Media Awards and eight National Student Journalism Awards.
‘Ones to Watch’ has also in the past nominated the Boar for its Student Publication of the Year.
Since its launch in October 1973, the paper has always been called the Boar, except in 1988 when it was renamed Mercury for a very brief period.