The answer is layered. The following points lie at the bottom-most layer:
- The Quest lacks the institutional continuity of other college publications.
- Reed doesn’t have a journalism program.
- Reed is small. We have less news to cover and fewer people to help us cover it.
We agree with you: the lack of a strong online presence is a weakness of The Quest. We plan to improve the website in the spring. However, there are still obstacles:
- Reedies (editors, writers, photographers, and potential contributors alike) are busy.
- The Quest doesn’t have many contributors, regular or not.
- Queditors may have vision, and we can manage a WordPress, tumblr, and Facebook account, but we aren’t web designers. The framework we inherited is (almost) adequate, but not excellent.
- It’s quite time-consuming just to prepare articles for physical publication. If we move to a rolling online publication schedule, it is more work. This is something that we plan to do, nonetheless.
If you want to change this, contribute to The Quest and encourage others to do so! We’ll be working on our side of this issue this coming semester. We’ll be revamping the site as soon as possible. Bookmark it or add it to your homescreen; reedquest.org has its own pretty icon on Apple devices.
We don’t see why not.