External Relations office launches online publication

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The University launched its new official publication Monday, called George Washington Today.

The online publication will replace ByGeorge, a monthly publication that the University stopped printing last year. George Washington Today is produced by paid University employees in the Office of External Relations.

Editor Rachel Muir, who was also the editor of ByGeorge, said that by publishing online, the University would be able to update students more frequently.

“With ByGeorge, limited to 12 pages monthly, we felt we could only scratch the surface of what was going on at GW,” she said. We also felt that often by the time we printed, the news we were covering was old.”

Muir said the decision to go online was a common one.

“It’s really a trend that universities are moving their flagship publications online,” Muir said.

Sarah Baldassaro, assistant vice president for communications, said that for now the publication’s staff will not include students, but students may be asked to work as “guest writers” at some point.

The staff for GW Today is comprised of five primary members including Muir. Primary staff writers include Menachem Wecker and Julia Parmley, both of whom work in the Office of External Relations. William Atkins will be the photo editor and Jessica McConnell is the University’s photographer.

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