University Community Centre, Rm. 263
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada
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Introducing community editorials in The Gazette.
WHAT: A community editorial is a chance for your group or club to have a voice on campus. If you have a message that would educate students, provide a new perspective on current affairs, encourage debate and discussion, or otherwise benefit the Western community, then we want to publish your editorial.
In short, a community editorial is an opinion article written by a member of your group or club, which represents your collective opinion on a particular topic. Editorials appear in the Opinions section on page 6 of The Gazette.
WHY: The Gazette prints 11,000 copies per day, four days a week. We reach a wide audience, and we want to help you reach that audience too. The Gazette is a student newspaper written by and for students. We believe all students should have a voice in their newspaper, not just the editors. Everyone on campus has something valuable to say and we want to help you say it.
HOW: First, you let us know if your group is interested, and suggest a topic and time of year that would be good for you, like an awareness week, holiday, or some other significant date. We publish four days a week during the school year, so there are plenty of options.
An editorial is meant to reflect the opinion of a group, so in order to do that there must first be a group discussion—this is how the Gazette editorial board produces its editorials each day. When you have your group meeting, Jason Sinukoff, our managing editor, will attend to help draft questions and generate discussion. Next, a volunteer from your group will write up the editorial and submit it for editing—while we will preserve the message and tone of the submission as much as possible, it may have to be edited for length or clarity. On your chosen date, your editorial will appear in The Gazette.
SIGN UP: If you want to contribute a community editorial, please contact Iain Boekhoff, editor-in-chief, at email@example.com or by phone at 519-661-2111 ext. 82630. He’ll answer all your questions and schedule a date and topic.
The fine print:
- The Gazette reserves the right to edit all submissions for length, spelling, grammar and clarity.
- If the editors feel a submission does not reach The Gazette’s standards of quality, The Gazette is not obliged to publish it. In such an event, the editorial will be returned with suggestions for how it can be improved.
- Submissions must be written to the length and deadline requested by The Gazette.
- Publication dates are subject to change in the event of breaking news.
- The managing editor will be involved in the group discussion that generates the editorial, in order to ensure the final product meets The Gazette’s standards.
- Community editorials must be written on behalf of a club, cultural group or other established organization, and the members of that group must take part in the discussion. Community editorials may not be submitted by individuals.
- Community editorials should aim to educate, inform, and/or expose readers to new perspectives. If a submission contains libelous, racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise discriminatory content, it will not be published.
- In the event of overwhelming interest, The Gazette may have to give priority to the bigger clubs.
- Kevin Hurren: x82631 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Megan Devlin: x81505 / email@example.com
- Ian Greaves: x84248 / firstname.lastname@example.org