The Harvard Gazette, under several names, has been published for 132 years — or, for perspective on just how long, since James A. Garfield was president.
Once strictly a print product, the Gazette now is an online engine, and an increasingly modern one.
The Gazette website was redesigned this summer to be crisply readable on a range of digital platforms, from desktops and laptops to the latest mobile devices and smartphones. The Gazette updated its weekday morning news email highlighting top stories and scheduled events in the Harvard community. That free daily email now reaches 100,000 subscribers, and the site garners more than 6 million page views per year.
Along with the technological refresh is a deepening commitment to innovation in storytelling, layering the audience’s experience with high-quality writing, multimedia, and photo journalism, along with timely and relevant reporting on everything from Syria to science and a new focus on global storytelling, reaching beyond campus to visit and report on Harvard in the world.
The story of the Gazette is, in sum, the modern story of the American media at large: a journey from stately ink on paper to the feverish and fast Internet. Foldable printed sheets, a medium of news since the 17th century, have morphed into the multifaceted platforms of today’s news outlets.