By Sylvia Brooks, Staff Writer

Flyer Advisor Luann Yetter (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Lear-Ward)

Flyer Advisor Luann Yetter (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Lear-Ward)

 

The University of Maine Farmington’s (UMF) newspaper The Farmington Flyer, previously known

as The Mainestream, has come a long way from where it was nine years ago. From a better lay out, to

printing in all color, The Farmington Flyer has made some great strides in the right direction.

By no means is The Farmington Flyer the first newspaper on campus, but it is the one that many

current undergraduates, faculty, and community members have grown to read. Before The Farmington

Flyer, there was a paper called The Maine Stream that was student run. This paper was known to be

unorganized and did not always come out on a regular basis, so the faculty decided that they should

encourage a small and dedicated group of students to create a new newspaper. Luann Yetter, a faculty

member at UMF and also the supervisor to The Farmington Flyer, was a part of this group. “We decided

to start from scratch with a new name and everything,” said Yetter. Since she was a big part of the

founding group of the new and improved Farmington Flyer, Yetter “got the job of teaching journalism”

here on campus. Yetter also teaches a first year writing course along with her involvement as the advisor

of the Journalism Club.

In the fall of 2004, the first Farmington Flyer was produced, and Kate Baum, a UMF alum, was part

of that process. “When we started we just had the bare bones.” said Baum, the photo editor at the time.

Baum’s father, Harold Baum was the one who came up with the name The Farmington Flyer. Being a

part of The Farmington Flyer was “so much fun” said Baum, even though members of the Club were in

the Journalism Club office “till 3AM laying out that first issue”.

One of the most dramatic changes that The Farmington Flyer has gone through since its start is

the printing processes. It was only in the fall of 2013 that The Farmington Flyer had been printed

in full color by UMF. When The Farmington Flyer was first printed in color, it was done so at The

University of Maine Orono (UMO) campus, due to the fact that UMF did not have the means to have a

full color version. “The Club, students, and faculty all seemed to really like the full color version of The

Farmington Flyer,” said Cadi LaCourse, the current assistant editor, in a recent email interview. Printing

The Farmington Flyer at UMO however was not feasible due to the high cost. With LaCourse’s help,

the Journalism Club did research and found that purchasing a printer of their own would cut the cost of

printing The Farmington Flyer in full color from $1410.00 to less than $600 per issue. The Farmington

Flyer is now printed solely here at UMF and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

The Farmington Flyer has also changed its layout since the first design. When it first started, The

Farmington Flyer looked like a traditional newspaper until it went to the magazine style that it is now

printed in. The Farmington Flyer has also added more pages since its birth. “It’s fun to see that change”

said Yetter.

In keeping up with UMF’s green initiative, The Farmington Flyer is also available online. When The

Farmington Flyer first came into existence, the Club knew that they “wanted to have some presence on

the web” said Yetter and so they posted pdf files of each page of The Farmington Flyer on the web. Now

Christina Hallowell, the Club’s Webmaster, is responsible for posting all of the article that are found in

The Farmington Flyer onto the UMF website. “It usually takes about six hours of work, but I try and have

it available by Friday morning” said Hallowell. The Farmington Flyer has also made its way on various

social media websites: instagram (@farmingtonflyer), run by former Editor Kerri-Lyn Traves; twitter

(@FarmingFlyer), run by Hallowell; as well as a Facebook page which is also run by Hallowell. Luann

Yetter encourages students to “like us there!”. The Farmington Flyer can be read at www2.umf.maine.edu/flyer.