About the Online Gargoyle ("the OG")
The Online Gargoyle ("the OG") is a multimedia journalism site published by and for the students of University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Ill.
Led by the efforts of Angelina Liang (Class of 2006) and Ben Hyman (Class of 2007), with assistance from David Boyle ('06), Tom Wiltzius ('06), and Jonathon Baron ('07), the OG was created during the 2005-06 school year to serve as a complement to the Gargoyle, Uni High's student print newspaper. It debuted in February 2006.
In November 2006, the editorial staff decided to concentrate exclusively on publishing the online version of the Gargoyle in order to develop its full potential.
During the spring and summer of 2007, Ben Hyman and Isaac Chambers ('09) worked on a new version of the Online Gargoyle (version 2.0), which debuted at the start of the 2007-08 school year. The new version was completely redesigned, and included additional functionality and features. More information can be found in the Tour.
This version would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance of Jon Gilbraith on Mork authentication. Version 2.0 was named a finalist for an Online Pacemaker in February 2008 but did not come away with top honors when the NSPA announced the winners two months later.
Note: As mentioned above, before the 2007-08 school year began, technical editors Ben Hyman and Isaac Chambers revamped the Online Gargoyle, installing a new content management system, Drupal. In the course of importing articles published under the old system, Movable Type, some of the original formatting of those articles changed. For example, some of the pre-August 2007 articles now have large spaces between lines where normal spacing had existed. We have tried to correct these formatting problems, but to do so entirely would have required more time than has been available, since more than 1,000 articles were imported. We will do our best to fix those formatting issues at some point; realistically, we won't be able to fix everything until the summer of 2010 at the earliest. All articles published since Aug. 15, 2007, should have no formatting problems.
In the summer of 2008, rising senior Isaac Chambers and Class of '07 alum Ben Hyman began work on the third iteration of the Online Gargoyle. Improvements included a new design, full-featured section pages, and an emphasis on media and images. Version 3.0 debuted in August 2008 and won an Online Pacemaker in April 2009. This version remains in place for the 2009-10 school year.