InsideHigherEd.com: Adding Some Spice to Higher Ed. Reportage
by Mark Drozdowski
When you want news and views on higher education, where do you turn? Well, yes, of course you pick up the Adjunct Advocate. But for many in this field, The Chronicle of Higher Education represents the gold standard, the journal of record, the “bible.” Most industry folks I know refer to it by first name, as if they’re talking about Madonna, Kobe or Shaq.
Well, move over, Cher, and make way for the anti-Chronicle. Since 2004, faculty, staff and curious onlookers—numbering over 500,000 in a recent month—have made the online pilgrimage to Inside Higher Ed (www.insidehighered.com), a website offering many of the same features as the Chronicle, but with a few twists. Inside exists only online; you can’t rifle through it at the newsstand. All of its content is free, while much of the Chronicle’s editorial is reserved for subscribers who pay $82.50 per year. And here’s the kicker: Inside is interactive. More on that later.
To be fair, the top brass at Inside don’t portray their site as the anti-Chronicle, even though its very existence begs comparisons. Inside’s senior staff—the publisher and two chief editors—emigrated from the Chronicle after working at the
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