The Daily Beacon first staked its place online in June 1994 when online media was very much in its infancy and few media organizations had leapt into the brave new world offered by the Internet and World Wide Wide. It was the creation of Jonathan Bell, the Daily Beacon Editor in Chief at the time who also served as the site's webmaster and administrator.
Since those early days, the torch has been passed from one webmaster to the next and the site has gone through several major redesigns just as the roles and responsibilities (and even titles) of the webmasters have evolved.
Beacon 2.0 came online in 1999 with a refreshing new design and improved functionality from Beacon staffer Brant Quinton.
Beacon 3.0 went online in 2005. Created by Jeremy Tunnell, it represented a leap forward in online publishing for the Beacon. Before this time, online staff had to create individual web pages for every piece of content that was uploaded. Tunnnell gave the Beacon its first taste of database-driven content management. For the first time, online staff could post content without having to know HTML or use specialized web development tools and could manage all the content from one central administration tool. The features of Beacon 3.0 were further expanded by Adam Tebbe, Adam Merryman, and Jamie Wilson.
Beacon 4.0 was created by Jamie Wilson and launched in September 2010. In addition to giving the Beacon's online presence a complete design makeover, Wilson developed a powerful new content management system to run the site. Named KaosBE (Beacon Edition), Wilson's CMS is built on the Django framework used by professional news organizations across the media landscape. It is a fully-functional online newsroom created to allow a team of online editors to work together in the publishing of content whether they are located in a physical newsroom or logged in from remote locations. Multimedia content, social media, and other emerging technologies are all embraced in KaosBE, allowing the Beacon to deliver online content in ways never before possible for the staff. Wilson was responsible for expanding the Daily Beacon into social media through Twitter and Facebook, and, in December 2010, made the Beacon the first daily student newspaper to publish on the Kindle platform.
The Daily Beacon is committed to keeping pace with advances in technology and the ever-changing media landscape and intends to remain true to that mission as we move forward into a future where media will change in ways that we can only begin to imagine.