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Journalism is a changing field. Over the past years, we’ve watched as major newspapers transition to online only, and others have shut down entirely. And while newspapers are struggling, magazines are booming, becoming more and more prominent in the industry.
It’s a brave new world for the media, and The Link is no exception to that rule. So after lots of reflection as a team, we’ve decided that we’d like to jump into the change. We’ve created a plan to transition The Link from a weekly newspaper to a source of daily online content, in order to better get you breaking news and up-to-the-minute updates. But we won’t stop printing! We’ll be putting out a sick monthly magazine with in-depth features.
It’s a big change, and it’s not one that we want to make alone. That’s why we’re going to be discussing and voting on our plan at The Link’s Annual General Assembly this Thursday.
Annual General Assembly
4:00 p.m., Thursday March 30
The Link office—Room 649 of the Hall Building, SGW Campus
As it is now, The Link is run by an editorial team of 15 people. But beginning next year with Volume 38, the new masthead will have an additional position as well as a change to a current one.
The new masthead will have a new video editor. Up to this point, we have had one person handling photo and video. With this change, we want to have someone dedicated to making videos in a number of new formats, which will ultimately enhance our coverage.
As well, we are changing the assistant news position to “co-news.” This means that there will be no hierarchy defining the news team as we have now. Historically, finding a differentiation in work between assistant news and news has not been clear. This change will rectify that.
In the graphic above, you will find a description of each position and the eligible candidates. To be eligible, you must have contributed to the current volume four times in four separate issues.
A contribution can include writing an article, taking a photo, shooting a video, illustrating a graphic, or editing pieces for at least three hours during our print production on Monday.
It’s not too late to become eligible—letters, as well as three samples of your Link work, are due in our office by Tuesday, Feb. 21. Our office is located in room-649 in the Hall Building on Concordia’s downtown campus (1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.).
A letter should ideally be a page-long and include your intention and qualifications as to why you are running for a position. You can run for multiple positions.
The elections, which include a public interview process, are on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Because Feb. 21 coincides with the university’s reading week, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to come into the office to post your letter.
The Link hosts journalism-related workshops every week. Come by the office (1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. H-649), they’re free.
Here are events coming up in March 2016.
How do you protect your data and sources from government spies? Come learn about internet privacy at our encrypting workshop on Friday, March 4 @ 5 p.m. with The Link’s tech saviour Cleve Higgins. Bring a laptop and/or smartphone!
News vs Current Affairs Writing
Join The Link’s news team on Friday, March 11 @ 5 p.m. to discuss how to write ledes, cover panels and talks, report on protests, and write a dope feature that’ll have readers weeping by the conclusion.
Portraiture Draw Jam
Drawing isn’t just for hoity-toity art students, everyone can be a graphics contributor! It’s not scary, we promise. Come loosen up on Wednesday, March 16 @ 3 p.m. with a guided afternoon live-model-jam featuring our graphics editor Madeleine Gendreau. Bring paper, bring a model (?), bring yourself.
We’re looking for writers, illustrators, photographers, poets, videographers and any creative minds to share their experiences of identity, and journalism about issues related to gender and sexuality for our last print special issue of the year.
Share your ideas and ensure your voice is heard.
Deadline for submission: March 11, 2016
…or come by The Link’s office (1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Room H-649).
Tuesday March 1 @ 4 p.m. in The Link’s office
The Link is looking to grow our team and needs editors to fill next year’s masthead. All the positions are open.
Make the big calls and represent the paper. Through rain, snow and sleepless nights, you lead the troops of this paper to greatness.
Direct the newspaper’s online content and stay on top of news, fringe, sports and opinion content cycles. Take on the mountain of the Internet through cunning social media strategy and innovative digital ideas.
Journalism works because deadlines are enforced. Oversee the newspaper’s print production, keep editors and staff on their game, and make sure the paper comes out on time.
Current Affairs Editor
Put your magnifying glass to the week’s happenings and dig deeper. Curate in-depth features and give context to news around Concordia.
Direct the online news content. Get to know every inch of Concordia and its politicos. Recite acronyms and chase the truth.
Assistant News Editor
Keeping up with everything around Concordia needs a strong tag-team. Ensure news coverage runs smoothly and help the news editor avoid insanity.
Separate the crazy from the coherent and put together one killer Opinions section. Hunt down the strong debaters and the columnist and give them a page to fill.
Keep articles out of synonym hell and catch the mistakes, big or small. Make the boring stories exciting and the exciting stories even better.
Fringe Arts Editor
Expose all that’s cool and underground in Montreal. From gallery openings to bands with three name changes, you’re the go-to person for what’s up-and-up in arts.
The online, regular counterpart to the fringe arts editor, you tell Concordia what’s worth seeing and what to avoid.
Find the story behind the game. Give a voice to the athletes and highlight the great wins and tough times for all of Concordia’s teams.
Be the ultimate source of knowledge for all things Stingers. Fast stats, game recaps, video and podcast work are your wheelhouse.
Design the visual language of the newspaper. Lay it out, make it pretty and break design boundaries.
Capture the ups and downs of Concordia life. Snap photos and video of Stingers games, protests and everything in between.
You’re the illustrator extraordinaire. Find a way to visualize the tough stories and the easy stories, with the help of some great contributors.
Eligible to run:
Graeme Shorten Adams, Roxane J. Baril Bedard, Carl Bindman, Elysia-Marie Campbell, Jonathan Caragay-Cook, Alex Carriere, Matt D’Amours, Tristan D’Amours, Ocean DeRouchie, Noelle Didierjean, Josh Fischlin, Madeleine Gendreau, Zachary Goldberg-Mota, Caity Hall, Sarah Jesmer, Sam Jones, Laura Lalonde, Kelsey Litwin, Nikolas Litzenberger, Claire Loewen, June Loper, Sarah Lozinski, Ben Mayer-Goodman, Julian McKenzie, Julia Miele, Jon Milton, Vince Morello, Alex Perez, Nick Pevato, Michelle Pucci, Morag Rahn-Campbell, Riley Stativa, Willie Wilson, Elizabeth Xu
One more contribution needed:
Yacine Bouhali, Sara Capanna, Lindsey Carter, Matteo Ciambella, Gabriela de Medeiros, David Easey, Tessa Mascia, Shaun Michaud, Michael Wrobel, Jordan Stoopler
In order to be eligible, candidates must be current Concordia students who will be returning in the fall.
Applications for the positions must be posted by Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in The Link’s office (1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Room H-649).
Applicants must have contributed to at least four (4) issues during the winter semester of Volume 36 and must include a one-page letter of intent and three (3) contribution samples.
Candidates for editor-in-chief must submit at least eight (8) samples of work from at least three (3) different sections.
For more information email email@example.com.
Elections will be held Tuesday, March 1 at 4 p.m. All staff members are eligible and encouraged to vote in the elections.