This term Winchester News Online has published some excellent student journalism. The standards were set at a high level from previous WINOL term but this years team have maintained a good standard of work this year. Every news bulletin has had a key package that worked very well. Although I do think the consistency of the standard of work produced varies. This may be because the second year students will improve with practice.
We monitor our traffic figures for our website. In early October, according to alexa ranking, we were placed at #38,579 in the UK. By the end of the semester we were placed at #32,323 in the UK. So we have improved by 6256 places this semester. But compared to the same semester last year we achieved a final rank of #10,338. There are many suggestions for why the ranking slipped. Most obviously its hard to come back after months without our website being updated over the summer period. It could also be due to inconsistencies of our work perhaps when the bulletin hasn’t gone out on time. Other than that our website has been improving. We have focused on raising the standard of our written news stories and in particularly we have worked on producing a successful looking front page. Our sub-editing team have worked hard on getting the written news stories to the right standard and altogether with better sub-editing management this has been a success.