By Eric Kisner, News Editor
“While the sports reporting industry goes through a digital revolution, the students at Saegertown’s Panther Press are staying ahead of the curve.” This was the close to renowned Erie Times News’ sports writer Tom Reisenwebers’ recent piece regarding the Panther Press’s evolving media output, most notably its twitter coverage of sports and other school events.
On April 16, the Panther Press staff received a visit from the Erie Times News’ Andy Colwell, who photographed the staff and and talked with its reporters and advisor Stacey Hetrick. Staff members were also interviewed at that time by Reisenweber, who is well known to local high school athletes for his coverage on goerie.com.
Starting in 2011, the staff has provided coverage of sporting events, an idea that was proposed by then editor in chief Hunter Johnston, who Hetrick described as “an excellent sports writer.”
In the past few years, the Panther Press’ twitter feed (@PantherPressSHS) has expanded to cover not just sports, but a number of extracurricular activities such as music, theatre, and Hi-Q, and provides links to the staff’s website.
The Panther Press has come a long way, since its inception in 2006. Hetrick, who kickstarted and is now the program’s sole advisor, is extremely pleased with the accomplishments of her students, as well as the direction that their publication is headed.
In the article, Hetrick said, “On a daily basis, I’m impressed with what my students are able to do. We have a following of around 500 people on Twitter, and it’s really interesting and gratifying to see the site get traction. The kids are getting looks and feedback on the tweets as they are able to share information and tell the story of our sports teams.”
To read the full article, visit goerie.com.
Back at the very beginning of the school year, Panther Press graphic designer Nick Woge, senior, proposed the idea of creating a new header for The Panther Press. Woge wanted this new header mainly to give the paper a new look. “It has been almost ten years since the Panther Press has had a different header, and I figured with it being my last year at Saegertown, that it was time for something new.”
After a long week of working on ten different headers, Woge left the decision of the new header to the staff of the Panther Press. They ended up choosing the header of a panther pouncing behind the heading “The Panther Press.” Assistant social media editor Becca Siple said, “I really like the new addition to the paper, and it’s nice to see a change after ten years.” The new header first made its debut on Feb. 12, in the Valentine’s Day edition. Hetrick said, “I think it looks clean and modern. We’ll probably keep it for the next ten years. Nick did a great job, and this will be his legacy.”