Female Readership


College Newspaper Comparison

Our main goal for our class project is to examine established student newspapers, similar to Mount Mary’s Arches, and examine the various ways that social media benefits these papers. What makes other students newspapers and their social media endeavors successful?

Our first step in conducting this research was to find a small, liberal arts college that was similar in size and studies to Mount Mary. We found this little gem, Emerson College, located in Boston, MA.

Next, we examined its student newspaper, The Berkely Beacon. In comparison to Mount Mary’s Arches, the Beacon also had an online site, http://www.berkeleybeacon.com/#3.  

After browsing their online paper, we dug deeper and researched it’s fan page and readership via facebook. In conducting this research, we looked at factors of the Beacon’s readers including sex and age. In comparing the Beacon’s reader to Arches, we feel as though we are going to next be able to determine content and marketing strategies that lure new readers to the newspaper and keep their seasoned readers coming back. We took a random sample of 125 readers from each of the fan pages.

*Arches currently has 229 fans and The Berkely Beacon has 141 on their facebook pages

National Colleges


The Women’s College Coalition

St. Mary’s College, South Bend, IN:  www.smccollegian.com

Wisconsin Colleges

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


Wisconsin Luthern

Marquette University

Cardinal Stritch

Milwaukee Area Technical College


Mount Mary Arches links:

What we’re doing.

So, our group is starting out by creating this WordPress blog, a twitter account and facebook page. And still, we have no friends.

We’ll continue exploring social media tools, and using the MMC student paper as a model, look at comparable newspapers to see how they use social media and interact with their readers.