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Former Runnin' Rebel, Derrick Jones Jr., points to the sky during a game against Air Force on January 16, 2016 (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)
Former Runnin' Rebel, Derrick Jones Jr., points to the sky during a game against Air Force on January 16, 2016 (Photo: Jeremy Rincon)

It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later: Signing off from the Virtual Rebel

By Jeremy Rincon
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When former editor Jesse Granger and I took over the Virtual Rebel in January 2015, we inherited a problematic project, to say the least. We were tasked with reviving the site and bringing viewership back through curation of student work and newsworthy stories from around UNLV and the Valley as a whole. With no real platform to work from, we did our best to be professional, precise and timely in everything we did.

Unfortunately, a two-man army can only go so far. When Jesse left the Virtual Rebel in August 2015 to pursue a new career with the Las Vegas Sun, I was left alone to try and field a team to continue what Jesse and I had begun building just seven months prior. While stories were more spread out and the site suffered numerous server errors, we managed to keep our work going and deliver whatever we could to our readers.

This fall, UNLV’s Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, working together with students, has launched a new website, Rebelfolio. The new site provides a fresh opportunity for us to be involved and have a more stable platform to showcase our work.

Rebelfolio is not a redesign of the Virtual Rebel, but a separate magazine-style web publication with a specific emphasis on features and analysis. The option for us to keep the Virtual Rebel alive as well existed, but did not make sense in the grand scheme of things. This will be the last post published on the site.

About Rebelfolio

Rebelfolio showcases work created by UNLV’s Journalism and Media Studies students, with occasional contributions from faculty and the broader university community. The multimedia site—which includes work from JMS writers and photographers as well as television and radio production students—serves as a virtual portfolio for outstanding features and a training ground for compelling storytelling and thoughtful analysis. Students will have the opportunity to receive editing and mentorship from their peers as well as from faculty mentor Greg Miller and other JMS professors. Since stories will be carefully selected and go through multiple edits to provide a learning experience and ensure consistent quality, our aim is to publish eight to ten stories every month. For more about us, check out our about page and feel free to reach out at rebelfolio@unlv.edu.

What’s left

The Virtual Rebel website will continue to exist as an archive for the foreseeable future. It will remain a home to all of the stories we have published so that students may reference their articles in future endeavors or just visit for old time’s sake.

It’s been a pleasure being a part of the Virtual Rebel for the last year and a half. Thank you to former editor, Jesse Granger, writers Manny Vieites and Barbara Farkas, former advisor Mary Hausch and all the students who contributed to the site during its run, for their hard work and dedication to delivering news to UNLV students and beyond. Finally, thank you to all who read and interacted with us on social media.

We hope you support Rebelfolio the way you supported us.

Jeremy Rincon

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