By Lidia Abraha and Michal Stein
Since the Ontario PC government announced the new “Student Choice Initiative” on January 17, the fate of student newspapers (and other student groups) is up in the air. Most student papers rely on ancillary fees in order to cover costs.
Campus newspapers do investigative, important work. They’re also the only media organizations critically examining and reporting on individual institutions. Last week, the Eyeopener broke a story about potential fund mismanagement by Ryerson Student Union executives. On the weekend, journalists at the Charlatan in Ottawa were first on the scene during a campus fire.
We spoke to journalists and editors from different student publications across Ontario about how the Student Choice Initiative might affect their newsrooms, and they tell us about the stories they broke that we may never have heard about if it wasn’t for campus journalism.
Pull Quotes is produced by Michal Stein and Lidia Abraha. Sonya Fatah is the Executive Producer of Pull Quotes. Thanks to Angela Glover and Lindsay Hanna for technical support.
Jack Denton is the Editor-In-Chief of the Varsity at University of Toronto.
Temur Durrani is a News Editor at the Charlatan at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Liane McLarty is the Managing Editor of the Eyeopener at Ryerson University.
Anchal Sharma is the Editor-in-Chief of the Fulcrum at the University of Ottawa.
Karen-Luz Sison the Editor-in-Chief of the Charlatan at Carleton University in Ottawa.