The Varsity looks into independence of student papers across Canada

The University of Toronto’s campus newspaper, The Varsity, recently published an article about the level of independence of several major university campus newspapers from their student unions. Specifically, the article looked at the campus newspapers of McMaster University, the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Western Ontario (UWO), and Queen’s University, with their respective publications being The Silhouette, The Ubyssey, The Gazette, and The Queen’s Journal. In 1994, the editors of The Ubyssey were fired for publishing a full-page satirical advertisement that criticized the university’s student government, the Alma Mater Society (AMS), according to The Varsity article. According to the article, the AMS then replaced the editors with AMS members, which did not last as a call for a […]

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Carleton remembers professor and alumnus Joseph Scanlon

Joseph Scanlon, Carleton alumnus and journalism professor, was known for his affinity for perfection, his loyalty to the university, and his exceptional journalism skills. The community remembers Scanlon after his passing at 82 to a heart attack on May 2. Scanlon, commonly known as Joe, returned to the university in 1965 to serve as a professor at the School of Journalism and Communications. He was the school’s director for seven years, where his legacy lives on. Amy Boughner, Scanlon’s daughter, is also a Carleton alumna who will be returning to Carleton in September to pursue a master’s in Political Management. She made this decision after talking to her father about her career aspirations. “I mentioned [the program] to him and he […]

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Co-workers and former students remember Mark Valcour

For Mark Valcour, “good enough” wasn’t good enough. With an ear for detail, no pop, no “spikey,” and no static—no matter how small—got past him. If you could do better, he knew it, and he would tell you. For nearly 30 years, Valcour served as the audio technician for Carleton’s journalism program, mentoring thousands of students, each learning for the first time how to produce a radio story. When it came to radio, he was “the guy.” “Mark was a real stickler for professionalism. He really hammered that home to us as young students for giving the best possible sound you could,” recalled Ian Mendes, a radio host on TSN 1200 who graduated from the program in 1998. Mendes said […]

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Will hitting the books help you bring home the bacon?

It’s finals season, and you’re sitting at your desk, stressed out about those 15 chapters you still haven’t read. Some variation of “why do I even bother?” is probably running through your head right now. And that’s a good question—how much do grades matter, especially when you’re on the hunt for a decent job? At the bank Tricia Levesque, recruitment manager at the Bank of Canada, said they have a certain process they follow when hiring new graduates. “A hiring manager would contact recruitment and they would establish what their staffing requirement is, and from there, a poster would be developed that would be broadcast or advertised,” she said. “The poster would contain the key elements of what we’re looking […]

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