Our internal affairs blog. Get up to speed on what we have planned next.
Next week, McGill students will be asked to vote on whether the two outlets managed by the Daily Publications Society, The McGill Daily and Le Délit, should continue to exist.
We at The Link think they should.
The role of independent student press, like most press, is to hold those in power accountable. In our case, and that of the Daily and Le Délit, we look at student politicians and university administrators. We attend council and Board meetings, and scan through lengthy, bureaucratic documents to understand the inner workings of the organizations that impact our university experience.
And unlike Concordia, McGill does not have a journalism program. For those who wish to gain hands-on experience—experience that is crucial when aiming for a job in journalism—student press is the way to go. Eliminating two publications, especially McGill’s only francophone newspaper, would be detrimental to students who seek this experience. The more options students have, the better.
The Daily has been printing since 1911, making it one of the oldest student newspapers in Canada, with notable alumni including Leonard Cohen. Le Délit became independent of the Daily in 1977. Both publications have been financially independent from the Students’ Society of McGill University since 1980. Their storied histories and institutional knowledge are an asset that McGill students should cherish.
Over their existence, the Daily and Le Délit have worked to keep both McGill’s administration and its student politicians honest, with a vision of social justice. Whatever your opinions are on either publications’ politics, they have provided an essential platform for students at the university, and have provided the essential service of helping McGill students understand the institutions that govern their school.
For this reason, we encourage all McGill students to vote yes in the Daily Publication Society’s existence referendum between Nov. 13 and Nov. 16. Help keep the student press vibrant and independent.
Every year, The Link participates in the Canadian University Press’s annual National Conference, also known as NASH. What does that mean? Well, NASH is a few things: It’s a conference with student journalists from across Canada, where you can have the chance to attend workshops about the media from the pros. It’s also an award ceremony—the JHM Awards, aka the Johnnies—that honor the best in student journalism across Canada.
And, of course, it’s also a bit of a party once the sun goes down.
This year, NASH is in Toronto, and takes place from Jan. 4-7. We decide who’s going, and what gets nominated for The Johnnies, by democratic vote. Here’s how to take part:
If you want to attend NASH as a delegate
The Link sends seven people to NASH every year. One of those spots is for the Editor-in-Chief, but the rest are open. A minimum of one spot is also reserved for staff writers. To be a staff writer, you have to have contributed to The Link at least four times this volume.
If you’d like to nominate yourself, you need to write a letter of intent. The letter should include a few things: What do you intend to do at the conference? Why should we select you, specifically? Do you have any experience with national or regional conferences? How do you hope to contribute to The Link over the rest of the year? How will you bring your newfound knowledge back to The Link once the conference is over?
The letters need to be printed, and posted in our office by Friday, October 27. Elections will be held in the beginning of the following week.
If you’d like to nominate something for a JHM Award
The Johnnies are given out in a wide variety of categories, which are listed here, under the tag “JHM awards.” The Link places one nomination in each category. We decide what gets our nomination by voting on it.
If you’d like to nominate your work (or yourself), or someone else’s, in any of the categories, print out a copy and post it on our office wall before October 16. The vote will take place at the end of the day.
If you have any questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
See you in Toronto!
For our first ever magazine launch party, we held a panel on the theme “What would you have liked to know in your first year at Concordia?”
Recorded live, panelists were Hannah Brais from the Housing and Job Office (HOJO), Cassie Smith of CURE Concordia, Raphaëlle Bigras Burrogano of the Centre for Gender Advocacy (CGE) and Sharon Renold of the Concordia Student Union Student Advocacy Centre.
The panel was hosted by The Link’s Creative Director, Carl Bindman.
Panel Recording Time Code
(2:17) Raphaëlle Bigras Burrogano introduces herself.
(3:07) Sharon Renold introduces herself.
(4:36) Hannah Brais introduces herself.
(7:02) Cassie Smith introduces herself.
(8:52) Renold on helping the community and what the CSU Student Advocacy Centre does.
(11:12) Brais on what HOJO does.
(14:18) Smith on what CURE does.
(19:36) Bigras Burrogano on what the CGE does.
(24:12) Smith on what she wanted to know as a first year student.
(25:12) Renold on what she wanted to know as a first year student.
(26:53) Bigras Burrogano on what she wanted to know as a first year student.
(28:52) Brais on what she wanted to know as a first year student.
(31:21) Bigras Burrogano on in and out of school influences.
(32:57) Brais on in and out of school influences.
(34:40) Smith on in and out of school influences.
(36:28) Renold on in and out school influences.
(39:22) The four panelists on adulting and moments where they realized they were adulting.
In a previous version of this post, Sharon Renold’s name was spelt “Sharron Renold.” The Link regrets the error.
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.