One last way that WSU and its groups can directly keep students updated is through phone updates and notifications. WSU Alerts will send students text messages, emails and calls whenever there is any issue around campus, big or small.
This image shows a list of text messages sent by the school to a friend of mines phone. As seen in this image, WSU Alerts will send students messages for anything from power outages to HazMat incidents. WSU Alerts will even ask you to send a response for certain events to make sure you are alright.
After looking at all of various outlets that WSU and its groups are employing to try to communicate with students, it is obvious that a lot of work goes into the process. But all of that work is in vain if the students don't ever see any of it. Having such a large amount of information is great, but how the students access this information is almost just as important as having it. I recently got to interview my friend Jack Jensen about how he gets and finds school news.
Q: Do you think WSU is doing a good job at keeping students up to date on information and events around campus?
A: "I think if you know where to look then, yeah, they do a pretty good job.”
Q: How do you receive news and information from WSU? Why?
A: “Probably email. I think that because the campus has made email so universal, it makes it a lot easier because everything is going to your email.”
Q: How easy is it for you to find information on the internet about school related news or events?
A: “Information is fairly easy to find after checking a couple links, but I don’t think they label their links very well through search engines like Google.”
As a student myself right now, I know that sometimes information can be hard to find. In my own experience, using the online news sites to find information isn't really that hard, but it can be a long process to find exactly what you are looking for. And although the school does send students a plethora of news emails, there are often so many that they are discarded as clutter. The social media side of the WSU groups was a nice change to something a little more modern, but I highly doubt that students are just going to go and follow a bunch of school news pages for fun.
While the methods talked about in this article so far have been the main sources of school news and information, there are a few other sources that should be talked about. For example, WSU has a student run newspaper called the Daily Evergreen.
The Daily Evergreen is a student run newspaper that focused on WSU and student life. The newspaper exists in print and online forms and even has its own archive. While the Daily Evergreen looks as though it should be the perfect source for students to get their information from, the main problem with the paper is that it is a newspaper. Not many students in college today read newspapers, so unfortunately more often than not the Daily Evergreen goes unappreciated.
As a student, I know just as well as anyone how important it is to keep up to date on whats going on around me. Going into this project, I felt like the school wasn't doing the best job at keeping students updated on news and events. However after doing some research on the topic, it became clear that WSU and its affiliate groups are actually trying really hard to get students their news. They are almost using every single medium they can to get information to students. The only problem with the ways that they are making this information available to students npw is that I believe that everything is a little fragmented, searching can quickly become a complicated process of jumping between sites. However, while there are obvious flaws in some of the ways that WSU relates its news and events, much of the time the problem is that students simply aren't looking up information, or are just ignoring it (like the emails).
All-in-all, I believe that WSU is doing a fairly good job at trying to keep students up to date on whats going on around them, with only a few hiccups. If people just take a few minutes to search for what they are looking for, I'm sure that the information can be found.