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Graphic design and journalism students create iPad edition of university newspaper

on Thursday,April 08,2010 17:04

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On the heels of the release of Apple's iPad, students from Abilene Christian University (ACU) have announced the creation of the first-ever school newspaper that can be read on the device.

Over the past 70 days, student journalists, programmers and designers have been collaborating to create an edition of the university's paper, The Optimist, for release on the iPad. Administrators from the school's journalism and mass communication departments partnered to launch the project immediately after Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the device nine weeks ago.

Students and faculty from the university's journalism, graphic design and information technology departments then created the Mobile Media Task Force to develop a digital publication platform for The Optimist.

Colter Hettich, a graphic design student at ACU and editor of the newspaper, said those who worked on the project "had to think about how to tell stories differently," and admitted that "it took a while to figure out where we would configure our images, photos and even cutlines."

This is not the first time the newspaper has explored the possibilities of mobile media, as The Optimist is already available in iPhone and iPod Touch formats.

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