Over the course of the entire year, Web Editor Justin Van poured hours upon hours into perfecting The Eagle website.
Van redesigned the entire website, starting from scratch in September to innovate the website to new heights. All of this work was done in an effort to attain the most prestigious award a high school website publication can receive: the Online Pacemaker. St. Thomas has never received an Online Pacemaker in its history, only attaining the Yearbook Pacemaker in 2004.
Progress was made and in November 2015, The Eagle website received 3rd Best of Show at the National Student Press Association Convention held in Orlando, Florida. Everything looked good and it was apparent that The Eagle website was on track to receive the Online Pacemaker.
Until it did not.
NSPA announced that the Online Pacemaker nominations would be declared in March 2016, and The Eagle did not receive a nomination.
It was realized that something had to change in regards to the website; again the website was redesigned from scratch.
The new design features a new responsive front page that is the one-stop shop to everything that has to do with the school. It also contains a new full-width slideshow comprised of the highlights of the school year.
The logo for the website has been redesigned with a new white color to contrast with the dark grey background. Gone are the excessive reds of the previous designs.
Another addition is the EBN broadcast of the day in the sidebar, offering students the latest and greatest content the EBN regularly roles out.
In addition to overhauling the website, in pursuit of the elusive Pacemaker, work within the publication has begun to massively improve content generation, both print and online.
These efforts have already started to pay dividends with the recent awarding of the paper with 1st place from the American Scholastic Press Association among schools in our size division.