The Optimist, ACU’s student-run newspaper, will be available on Apple’s new iPad device when it premiers in 60 days, making it the first collegiate student publication to take advantage of Apple’s latest technology.
Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, says students and faculty already are working to achieve the goal. A team of faculty and student researchers and developers from multiple departments at the university plan to have the Optimist ready for the iPad by the end of March. Optimist editors plan to employ the new platform to deliver a more converged form of media to the ACU community in addition to the print, online and iPhone app versions of the Optimist.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad Wednesday morning at an Apple press conference in San Francisco.