Volume 47, Number 1 - August 24, 2009

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L to R: Falcon Times editor-in-chief Rebeka Silva, features editor Jessica Tejeda, news editor Michael Finch and entertainment editor Monique Dos Anjos.

Falcon Times Connects With Students Online

By Michael Finch

The North campus student newspaper, The Falcon Times, recently expanded its coverage of campus news and events to a fully operational website.

Before the creation of the new website the newspaper published online information in portable document format (PDF) images. Now the website will feature videos and links for student feedback.

“The new website is pure html and will add a lot of interactivity,” said Andrew Seaga, the college webmaster. “The new website holds the possibility for video, slide shows, and Google friend connect.”

The site was created by Seaga and Haniel Pulido, a senior analyst for web services at Miami Dade College and Aristides Sanchez-Breton a senior programmer at Miami Dade College. 

The conversion of the website makes The Falcon Times easier to access through search engines.

“It’s a new age for newspapers, having an online source for students to read our publication just makes sense,” said Rebeka Silva, editor-in-chief of The Falcon Times. “The site is great; a stronger online presence was sorely needed. This allows us another avenue to explore in our growing process but it does not eliminate our print version, an essential and vital component of our learning.”

The Falcon Times is free and 3,000 copies are published bi-weekly. It’s available on newspaper racks throughout the campus or in the Falcon Times newsroom (Room 4209).

The paper traces its existence to 1961 and has garnered eight Pacemakers during that time.  The Pacemaker is the highest journalistic honor that can be earned by student publications.

Former student reporters of The Falcon Times have gone on to work for prestigious news organizations such as the Dallas Morning News, Newsday, The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach Post, The Orlando Sentinel, WSVN 7 and WPLG Local 10 among others.

To visit the Falcon Times website log on to www.mdc.edu/falcontimes.

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