The Gazette is the student newspaper at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. The Gazette is the only daily student newspaper in Canada, publishing four times every week, from Tuesday through Friday.
We serve the student readership by reporting the news, entertaining readers, and promoting debate on issues involving the Western community and the city of London.
We are created by students, for students. All section editors are students, and the only salaried employees are the three front office members, who are all recent grads that spent time here as students.
How it comes together
The Gazette is produced by an editorial board made of employees, editors and volunteer students.
- Employees include Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editor and Managing Editor, who are full-time salaried employees, usually recent Western graduates.
- Editors are student volunteers who usually work close to full-time hours and receive an honorarium per issue published.
- Staff and contributors are students who volunteer their time on a flexible schedule.
The Gazette prints 11,000 copies per issue. The paper also runs 24-7 online with social media and breaking news. The editorial board works from 9 a.m. until around 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
A brief history of The Gazette:
- Founded in 1906 as a handwritten literary journal called In Cap and Gown.
- Switched to its current name a few years later and ever since has been Western’s go to student-run newspaper.
- Went daily in 1991 and since then we have published four times a week every week and we are now Canada’s only daily student newspaper.
- The Gazette is funded mainly by student fees but also by advertising. All undergraduate students pay an annual fee of $16.25, which subsidizes our budget and allows us to offer 11,000 copies a day for free.
The Gazette aims to uphold the policies and procedures outlined here.
We are owned and published by the University Students’ Council, but we have an arms-length relationship that allows us to maintain editorial autonomy. The Publishing Committee serves as an intermediary between The Gazette and the USC and provides recommendations on business decisions for The Gazette. Learn more about the committee here.
A five-person board advises editors and process complaints. All members are former Gazette editors and include: Scott Colby, chair; Iain MacKinnon; Nicole MacAdam; Emmett Macfarlane; Paul Benedetti. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org
National University Wire
The Gazette is a founding member of the National University Wire, a free wire service for student newspapers across the country.
The Gazette is a one-of-a-kind training ground in Canada for future journalists and our alumni have gone on to become some of the most well-known journalists in Canada, working at places such as The Globe and Mail, MacLean’s, the Toronto Star, National Post, CBC and CTV. That doesn’t mean that we’re all journalists and authors though. Many alumni go on to careers outside of journalism — including law, business, marketing and teaching.
Notable people who have passed through our doors: Paul Wells, Carol Off, Kevin Newman, Elliotte Friedman, Stephen Brunt, Kevin Donovan, Scott Feschuk, Susan Delacourt, Stuart A. Thompson, Alan Thicke, and Iain MacKinnon.