Yup that’s right, our friends at The Lance in Windsor, ON have been pushed to online-only with no consultation by their student association. As a bit of commentary, the $60,000 budget they reference would be relying on a student levy alone and not having any ability to generate advertising revenue. Essentially they’re being told to not do anything to make revenue for themselves and to just take the levy money and rely on that, which, as you all are probably familiar with, is really counter-intuitive to keeping a newspaper running. Print advertising generates the most revenue for papers and that’s not at all possible if they’re not allowed to keep going to print.
Here’s where you come in. We need letters of support for The Lance to present to the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA), so get writing and send them to the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and CC: them to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Address your letters to UWSA board of directors and Alan Wildeman, University of Windsor president. Please get them in as soon as possible! A Facebook page has also been created: facebook.com/savethelance.