The Royal Birth: An Information Perspective

News and media outlets are flooded with the news:  Kate is in the hospital and the royal baby is on his or her way.  Excitement about the impending birth of the royal heir and forecasts of baby names aside, the way by which the birth will be announced is quite fascinating and of course, steeped in tradition.  I found this article from the Associated Press, which describes the exact protocol for announcing royal births.  According to the article, the official announcement will come in the form of a bulletin delivered straight from the hospital to Buckingham Palace, official with palace letterhead, posted in the frontcourt on a wooden easel – along with a post on Facebook and Twitter.

This royal birth will be the first to be announced using social media, which is not a surprise considering the last royal birth took place during pre-Internet days and social media continues to evolve and build its audience.  According to a survey conducted by the Pew Internet Project in December 2012, 83% of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 use social media sites.  Between 2008 and 2012, social media usage has jumped from 35% to 67% among online adults.

In this ever-changing digital landscape, where do you go to find news information?  A favorite online newspaper?  Social media?  Google News?


Brenner, Joanne.  Pew Internet: Social Networking.  Pew Internet & American Life Project, February 14, 2013,, accessed on July 22, 2013.

Lenhart, Amanda.  Adults and Social Network Websites. Pew Internet & American Life Project, January 14, 2009,, accessed on July 22, 2013.


Online now, the Point News (etc.)!

When was the Point News not the Point News?

For most of the 1940s and ’50s the St. Mary’s student newspaper was called “The Signal News.”

Signal News 1953

Tom Barrett plans orientation

It first became “The Point News” in 1959.

Point News 1961

A recurring theme

Then for most of the 1970s and into the ’80s it was “The Empath.”

Empath 1973

Another recurring theme

Empath 1979

Uncharted territory

Empath 1984

Not to be confused with the mac lab

Much to the dismay of some 1970s and early ’80s alumni, the name “The Point News” returned in 1985.

Point News 1989

Witnesses to history

Point News 1998

First report on the storied Riot of ’98

Point News 2000

Going green in 2000

Whatever the name, St. Mary’s student newspapers  from 1952 through 2002 have been digitized and are now available online, fully word-searchable, via the Archives web site!

And because we take our duty to preserve our historical record seriously, physical copies of all these papers (as well as those from the 1940s and from 2002 to date) are safely tucked away in the College Archives.  Hard copies of issues from 2002 to date are also available in the Library.

Happy reading!