Today, The Graduate Forum celebrated its first birthday. Launched last year on February 9th, The Graduate Forum is Dartmouth’s online graduate community newsletter. Read regularly by viewers on six continents, each month The Graduate Forum’s popularity continues to grow. In its first year, The Graduate Forum received 53 views for every graduate student currently enrolled at Dartmouth.
“It’s funny. Though we tend to think that we attract the same readers, over half of our site’s visits are generated by new readers,” says Tennile Sunday, The Graduate Forum’s chief editor.
While readers in the United States account for a large portion of The Graduate Forum’s viewership, the online newsletter is very popular in Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Germany, Nepal, China, the Philippines, and Brazil.
“I think people like the forum because of the variety of the newsletter’s content. In addition to department highlights and student spotlights, we publish lifestyle articles—like the ever-popular ‘Top 10’ of each season—and release videos featuring Dartmouth’s graduate students,” says Wesley Whitaker, one of the site’s writers and editors.
After a timely article is published on The Graduate Forum—like November’s GSC Holiday Food Drive announcement—it is then publicized through Dartmouth’s Arts & Sciences Graduate Program’s media streams, including Twitter and Facebook.
“Over the past year, we’ve really stepped up our use of social media,” says Erin O’Flaherty, the office’s social media expert. “In addition to publicizing both events and articles pertinent to Dartmouth’s graduate community, we’ve also facilitated several campus wide contests—like fall term’s Dream Team Trivia Challenge—using our social media streams. Each year, more and more students are using social media not only to learn about campus events, but also to communicate with one another professionally.”
The 193 articles published by The Graduate Forum during the 2011-12 academic year have covered topics including campus-research initiatives, graduate-student life, Dartmouth Strategic Planning, professional-development workshops, community-oriented articles, and the launch of the Graduate Studies’ Mobile Application. In the coming months, be sure to check The Graduate Forum for our “Graduate Student Spotlight” series, as well as press releases on Graduate Appreciation Week, 2012 Commencement, and campus events including the GSC’s Annual Winter Semi-Formal with Dartmouth Medical School (DMS).
In celebration of The Graduate Forum’s first birthday, the newsletter’s editors have each picked their favorite articles published this past year: