Duke's 150,000 alumni factor in some of the most compelling news stories of the day. Now, Duke's main news site, Duke Today, has a one-stop site to read and share those stories.
The new section, Duke Today Alumni, highlights the lives and achievements of Duke alumni, aggregating articles from national and local media, as well as stories, photographs and videos created by Duke communicators. Content is curated by the communications staff of the Duke Alumni Association, which created the section in partnership with the Office of News and Communications.
"Every day we hear about alumni who are doing amazing things," says Sterly Wilder '83, associate vice president of alumni affairs. "We wanted to share those stories broadly with the Duke community, and also to showcase what their achievements say collectively about Duke."
David Jarmul, associate vice president of news and communication, adds that while Duke Today is filled with stories about life at Duke, "it has been missing an important part of the university community. This new section will greatly expand its coverage of alumni, whose stories illustrate the breadth and impact of a Duke education."
Readers of the new section will find stories about alumni such as Yunha Kim '11, founder and CEO of Silicon Valley startup company Locket; newly appointed White House counsel Neil Eggleston '75; Nia-Malika Henderson '96, national political reporter for The Washington Post and the ShethePeople blog; Kara Medoff Barnett '00, managing director of New York's Lincoln Center Global; Prim Siripipat '03, an ESPN.com on-air commentator; and Paulie Harraka '12, an up-and-coming NASCAR driver.
The section also provides links to recent articles from Duke Magazine, as well as selected news about DAA's on- and off-campus events, learning opportunities and travel programs. An "Alumni Voices" feature in the new section showcases essays, blogs and articles written by Duke's many accomplished journalists and writers.
The new site becomes the fifth section of Duke Today, which includes pages for general news, opinion, the employee-focused Working@Duke and student news. Nearly 100,000 people visit the site in a typical month, creating more than 280,000 page views.
"We think the new site will find an audience not only among alumni, but also among current students, faculty and others on campus," says Jarmul. "We are bringing together news about Duke alumni from multiple sources, which will help us tell a richer story about the university and show by example how so many of its students go on to lead interesting and meaningful lives after they graduate."