Stuff for student journalists working on Canadian campuses in a given week. 


One of CUP’s newest members, The True North Times, is prepping to launch on Feb. 14. The satirical site has been quietly building itself up since September is finally getting ready to start cracking the funnies to readers. Let the anticipation build…

Out east a new organization for Atlantic-based student journalists has surfaced — its known as the MMAUJ. Standing for The Maine & Maritimes Association of University Journalists, MMAUJ is a professional and social forum for student journalists and just released its first newsletter. The first in-person meeting of MMAUJ members will take place at the spring 2014 ARCUP conference hosted by The Bruns in Fredericton.

For all the bilingual folks out there, here’s an opportunity to return to Edmonton — but in the summer! La Simulation du Parlement Européen Canada-Québec-Europe (SPECQUE) is a week-long simulation of the European parliament with over 30 delegations of almost 200 students and they’re looking for journalists, photographers and designers to produce the simulation”s two publications, PerSPECQUEtives and SPECQUEulations. Bonus: a PUC alum Kéven Breton could be your EIC, so you might want to start following him now. Note: there is a delegate fee.

Last week ago The Silhouette broke the story of the Redsuits’ songbook surfacing. The McMaster engineering student group had been suspended by the university that morning due to the songbook, but it wasn’t until the afternoon that the public saw the lyrics behind the suspension. Sadly, further proof that rape culture is alive and well on campuses. Big ups to The Sil for including a trigger warning at the start of the article. If you’re looking for a definition of “trigger warning” or tips on covering rape culture, a Toronto-based feminist collective called Femifesto has a media toolkit available. 

In Ontario, Minister of Training Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid held a teleconference with campus media. The Dialog was one of several papers to participate in the over-the-phone scrum that apparently lasted about 40 minutes. As managing editor Mick Sweetman blogged afterwards, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for any media to have access to government officials and for student media it’s always been that much harder. Duguid’s initiative was a good and appreciated step in the right direction. Hopefully other officials and politicians across Canada will take note.

Finally, CBC’s Peter Gzowski internships are due on Friday Feb. 7. If you’re a student a McGill, Memorial, Simon Fraser or Trent universities, you’ll want to check out this paid opportunity.