The Rider Online is a daily updated publication from students at Mansfield Legacy High School. Legacy High School opened in 2007 as Mansfield ISD’s fourth high school. We’re located on a former rodeo arena near downtown Mansfield, Texas- just south of Arlington. We currenlty have 1,950 students. therideronline.com has earned top ratings from UIL and won three Gold Crown Awards from CSPA and a Pacemaker from NSPA. Our goal is to tell the stories within Legacy High School and to entertain and inform the student body, parents and community. During the last six years, The Rider (print edition) has been nominated for a Star Award from the Interscholastic League Press Conference. Legacy High School won the district UIL team points for UIL’s four journalism writing events in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Our goal and number one mission is to tell the stories within Legacy High School and give information to our students, parents, community and whoever else cares.
We then learned that we won a MISD Foundation Grant for $10,000 to build a video studio. Opening all those boxes in March was better than Christmas. HD cameras, teleprompters, cords, mics, buttons to push, lights, backdrops. We gained the help of our Tech Theatre class to build a sweet set for weekly news podcast for LBTV.
In 2011, Jim Cockrell retired and Rachel Dearinger joined our team as the LBTV adviser and assistant online adviser. Dearinger had an award winning journalism program in Burleson, Texas and worked for the Amarillo Globe-News before teaching.
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FACTS ABOUT US
-Legacy’s online newspaper is student run and operated by Legacy journalism students with assistance from adviser Leland Mallett and broadcast teacher Rachel Dearinger
-Melanie Stillings at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy also helped in the launch of the site in April of 2009.
-Students working on the online edition also write and produce the school’s yearbook and print edition of The Rider
-The site is updated everyday. Check the recent posts on our home page for a quick link to the latest postings.
-During the summer we post personality features and news updates.
-During its first two weeks of activity, therideronline had over 2,000 hits.
-There are currently 720 Twitter followers. (Hopefully this number is now outdated.)
-Content on therideronline is managed by WordPress
-The site design is by Legacy Student Media students coding and other technical assistance is provided by schoolnewspapersonline.com
2009: Will Ritchey
2010: Greg Uribe
2011: Brett Walker/Russell Kirby
2012: Julianna DiNapoli
2013: Amanda Granato/Jesse Wright