Western Carolina University’s award-winning student newspaper has started offering subscriptions and will mail to subscribers issues of the full, print editions of the Western Carolinian, which is distributed in the WCU community.
“We have had a lot of parents routinely ask us if we offer subscriptions, and we finally got to thinking, ‘Why not?’” said Justin Caudell, the Western Carolinian’s editor-in-chief and a senior English and political science major from Cashiers. “We don’t put online everything we have in our print edition, and we also typically have special features in the newspaper that cannot be fully replicated on our website.”
Caudell cited as an example a special three-page spread the Western Carolinian did on the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band in the Jan. 28, 2011, edition.
“To honor the Pride of the Mountains’ trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade and also to address other exciting news the band had at the time, we built our arts and entertainment section around the band in our Jan. 28 edition,” said Caudell. “The design we put into a special like that is something members of the band and also their friends and family are going to want to have to keep and possibly frame. Something like that on our website could never be tangible or keep-worthy.”
A yearlong subscription to the Western Carolinian is being offered to N.C. residents for $30 and to out-of-state residents for $45. Subscribers can expect to receive via firstclass mail 24 issues based on the newspaper’s twice-amonth publication schedule, as well as special back-toschool and spring graduation editions, Caudell said.
“Our staff is committed to covering the news that is not only affecting the students, faculty and staff at Western Carolina University, but also the people that make up Cullowhee at large,” said Caudell. “In addition, I hope readers find we are reporting on the offbeat and sometimes not talked-about news and also are offering a variety of articles to touch on what everyone’s interests are.”
The Western Carolinian’s mission is to provide a training ground for students interested in gaining experience in various aspects of newspaper publishing and to produce a quality newspaper for the WCU community, Caudell said. The staff of approximately 20 students includes writers, section editors, designers and office workers.
In 2009, the newspaper was a finalist for the Associated Collegiate Press Best of Collegiate Writing and Best of Collegiate Design awards. In 2010, the Western Carolinian was a finalist for national ACP and College Media Adviser’s Best Use of New Media award and won an eighth-place general excellence award for the publication’s website. The publication was also awarded a 2010-11 College Media Association Louis Ingelhart First Amendment grant.
To purchase a subscription to the Western Carolinian, send a check or money order to P.O. Box 66, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723 or call (828)227-2694. Starting in mid-March, subscriptions also may be purchased online with a credit card from a “Subscribe Now” link to be added to the newspaper’s website, www.wcunews.com.