Freshman founds website

first_imgA Notre Dame freshman recently founded a news and opinion website that publishes content daily from universities across the country. NextGen Journal, the site that is geared toward college students, launched last week. Freshman Connor Toohill manages the site and currently serves as editor-in-chief. Toohill said he was inspired to start the news site for college students in 2009 when the national budget debate sparked interest in many of his classmates at his high school. “There were a lot of things being talked about that had a lot of impact on the next generation,” Toohill said, “but our voices were never really in the conversation.” Toohill said he wanted to create a forum for the opinions of the younger generation. NextGen Journal currently staffs over 50 college students from universities around the country, Toohill said. Students from universities such as Stanford, Georgetown, and Harvard, in addition to Notre Dame students, contribute pieces that submitted to a core group of editors. Freshman Brendan Moran is one of a core group of editors for the journal. “We went through about 75 college newspapers, picked out their best writers, and asked them to join our staff,” Moran said. According to Moran, this diversity gives NextGen Journal an edge over a single-campus publication. “We have that national focus,” Moran said, “not just only focusing on Notre Dame students and Notre Dame writers but branching out and trying to hear what’s going on and how people in other parts of the country interpret and perceive this content that is very pertinent to college students.” NextGen Journal publishes articles covering topics from international and domestic politics to music, sports and celebrities. “There’s a void out there in the national media lately for analysis and insightful content for college students,” Toohill said. “There is nothing for our generation other than the specific campus by campus content of college papers. So we’re trying to do something national with it.” Creating and developing the site was a long process for Toohill. He spent months laying the groundwork for the launch by contacting possible staff and finalizing the objectives and format of NextGen Journal. Toohill said much of the success of the recent launch to technical director and freshman Chas Jhin, who designed the website’s layout. Now that NextGen Journal has officially launched, Toohill and Moran said they are concentrating on publicizing and growing their venture. “We definitely want to expand as much as we can and focus on expanding it nationally and getting as many people aware of it as possible nationwide,” Moran said. Toohill said he shares this aspiration. “We want to become the foremost site for news and opinion by students for students,” he said. Toohill said students interested in contributing to NextGen Journal can visit the nextgenjournal.com and click on the “Join NextGen” page. “More than anything, [NextGen Journal] is interesting to the reader,” Toohill said. “There’s a lot of really great, interesting, cool, practical content.”last_img read more

No. 25 Notre Dame completes sweep of Syracuse with 12-0 mercy-rule win

first_img Published on April 19, 2015 at 4:08 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR No. 25 Notre Dame (37-11, 16-5 Atlantic Coast) completed a sweep of Syracuse (17-25, 1-13) in South Bend, Indiana with a 12-0 mercy-rule win on Sunday. The Orange has now dropped seven consecutive conference games.SU prevented the potential first run of the game when a relay threw out a runner at home in the top of the first. Starting pitcher Jocelyn Cater then found trouble again by walking two batters. She escaped the inning untouched, though, when Maddi Doane ran down a fly ball in right for the third out.The second inning didn’t goes as well for Cater, who allowed five runs. She left after 1.2 innings and, in total, surrendered five hits, four walks and threw 26 of 52 pitches for strikes.AnnaMarie Gatti relieved Cater in the bottom of the second, but a double allowed another run to score, though it was credited to Cater. Gatti threw two-thirds of an inning and faced eight batters. She yielded five hits, walked a batter and gave up five runs.The Orange offense was stifled by Notre Dame hurler Allie Rhodes, who tossed five innings of shutout ball while picking up her 16th win on the season. She struck out seven, gave up four hits and walked none.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCorinne Ozanne went 2-for-2 on the day with a pair of singles for Syracuse.The only time the Syracuse offense threatened to score came in the top of the third inning when freshman Sammy Fernandez hit a one-out triple, the first three-bagger of her career. Rhodes struck out the next batter and got a fly out to right to strand Fernandez.Sydney O’Hara came in for the final 1.2 innings for Syracuse and allowed two runs on three hits.The Orange travels to Hempstead, New York on Wednesday to play Hofstra. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more