Bwog, originally called The Bwog, started its existence as the blog of The Blue and White magazine, but has since then developed a life of its own separate from the magazine. Centered on campus news and gossip, it was launched on January 30th, 2006, by founding editor Taylor Walsh. The site was inspired by gossip blogs that began to be popular in New York in the mid-00s, especially Gawker. Some consider it to be snotty and elitist. Others consider it witty and entertaining. Most people read it regardless. It's generally understood that Bwog was great last year but now it sucks, regardless of the current year.
Although it had already been active for months, Bwog went mainstream in October 2006 with its nearly real-time coverage of the Minuteman stage-rush incident, which did for it what the Gulf War did for CNN - made students realize that the blog medium, and Bwog in particular, was their most up to date source of campus news. A popular sister blog launched in 2008 to cover the exploits of Hawkmadinejad. The site has undergone three serious redesigns since inception, notably on January 1, 2009 and September 22, 2012. Both designs were met with immediate backlash from readers, but just like Facebook, eventually people stop complaining and continue using the site.
- Breaking news
- Coverage of protests / major campus events
- LectureHops / RoomHops / OfficeHops / PeopleHops
- Things overheard on campus
- Student council meetings coverage that maybe 3 people read
- Event listings
- Rodent coverage
- Free food announcements, far too close to the event time to be of any use
- Internet culture features
- On-campus theater reviews
- Comments, with a reputation for being caustic and asinine
- Senior Wisdom
- Actual Wisdom
Unlike Spec, Bwog stays active and running during finals. They immediately regretted that decision but such is life.
Despite what Columbia might insinuate, Bwog is not officially affiliated with the school--the organization does not get support or funding in any form from the university. It is an independent blog that the administration (often begrudgingly) acknowledges. It is completely student-run and managed, supported financially by ad sales.
- Editor in Chief: Alexandra Svokos
- Managing Editor: Alexandra Avvocato
- Publisher: Jake Hershman
- Tech: Arvind Srinivasan and Sam Aarons
- Editor-at-Large: Conor Skelding
- Events Editor: Sarah Faith Thompson
- Arts Editors: Kyra Bloom and Madysen Luebke
- Head Bear (Barnard Correspondent): Renee Kraiem
- Senior Staff Writers: Claire Friedman, Julia Goodman, Katherine Nevitt, Alexander Pines, Maud Rozee, Sarah Faith Thompson
- Daily Editors: Courtney Couillard, Britt Fossum, Taylor Grasdalen, Josh Dillon, Fainan Lakha, Kevin Chen, Heather Akumiah
- Satow Room Bureau Chief (CCSC): Joseph Milholland
- Diana Center Bureau Chief (SGA): Lauren Beltrone
- ESC Bureau Chief: Keenan Albee
- ↑ "You Can Take the Soviet Out of Russia...", Bwog, 1/30/06 - First post to Bwog
- ↑ "Looking for Feedback", Bwog, 9/23/12