A new era for the Old Gold & Black


Aine Pierre

Hanging in the Old Gold & Black office are the mock-ups of our newly-redesigned issue.

Editorial Staff

 Having been around for 106 years, the Old Gold & Black has undergone a lot of changes —- and covered a fair share of them, as well. This week, we are beginning what we hope will be a year-long reimagining of this newspaper.

Throughout this year, we will be constantly striving to provide more in-depth, topical and timely journalism across all media. We have added a fifth section to our newspaper, Features, to center more of Wake Forest’s amazing stories and to dive deeper into what makes them important to read, hear and see. One such story, explaining the prevalence of eating disorders at Wake Forest, has already received national recognition.

Adding on to this success, later this semester, we will be launching our investigative team, which will produce long-form stories on campus-defining issues such as racism, interpersonal violence and more. We are still accepting statements of interest for any student who would like to join us in shedding light on these important topics. Our interest meeting will be hosted in the Benson University Center on Feb 8. 

We also are committed to bringing more journalism directly to you. Today, the first edition of the Old Gold & Black newsletter will launch. This free subscription service will ensure you have our picks for the top news stories of the week in your inbox every Thursday. We also have relaunched our sports-focused Twitter for breaking news updates in the world of Wake Forest athletics, and we are working to expand our coverage of important campus issues in our podcasts, which are available on most platforms.

The easiest changes that we can make — and which we are starting to unveil this week — are to our appearance. We have transformed both our website and our print edition into more sleek and accessible formats that are pleasing to the eye.

While we could echo many corporate brands and say that we are advertising our new look, but still providing the same great journalism that we have in years past – this would be misleading. These measures are tools to make our coverage of the Wake Forest community even more effective.

So, while our commitment to “covering the campus like the magnolias” and providing accurate and engaging journalism has not changed, we are excited about the steps we are taking to make our content better and easier to reach.