The Gazette

Preamble

The Gazette is the official student newspaper of the University of Western Ontario (Western) in London, Ontario. Funded and operated by students, The Gazette serves the Western community, which consists of predominantly undergraduate students, by informing and entertaining its readers, and promoting debate. The Gazette is a volunteer based organization and strives for a diversity of voices both within its newsroom and in its content.

 

1.0 Policy

1.1 This document will serve as the overarching policy that establishes the scope of The Gazette and its operations.

1.2 This policy outlines the role, relationships and various functions of The Gazette.

1.3 Changes to this policy can be requested by the Editor-in-Chief and are made in consultation with the Gazette Publications Committee.

 

1.0 Role

1.1 The Gazette’s mission is twofold: to serve the wider Western community with content in print and digital forms that is informative, entertaining and fosters debate; and, to provide journalism training and experience to any student at Western in a professional work environment.

1.2 The Gazette is an editorially independent watchdog on campus of the powers at be, including Western administration, the affiliates’ administrations and the University Students’ Council (USC).

1.3 The Gazette will inform, educate, entertain, and provoke discussion and thought on the part of Western students by the publication of interesting, relevant, accurate, objective, funny, critical, satirical, creative, insightful, and well-researched articles, graphics, cartoons and photographs in The Gazette.

1.4 The Gazette will publish balanced, well-researched journalism in accordance with professional journalism standards and practices with the goal of improving its student staff’s abilities and its final product.

1.5 The Gazette will evolve and innovate in how it reaches the Western community in the digital age, through its print edition and digital products.

1.6 The Gazette will continue its tradition as an iconoclastic, humourous and lampooning style within the context of changing readership tastes and expectations.

1.7 The Gazette will promote the journalistic education and fulfillment of every contributing member of The Gazette, both on an individualistic and team basis.

 

1.0 Publisher

1.1 The Gazette is published by the USC.

1.2 The Gazette reports to the USC’s Board of Directors.

1.3 The Board of Directors has delegated the majority of its responsibilities to the Gazette Publications Committee, which will oversee strategic and long-term planning for The Gazette on behalf of the Board. It is the main governing and advisory body for The Gazette.

 

1.0 Departments

1.1 The Gazette consists of three departments: editorial, composing and advertising.

1.2 The editorial department is managed by three elected students who hire an editorial staff of students. Together, they create and produce all content published by The Gazette. The editor-in-chief reports to the Gazette Publications Committee.

1.3 The composing and advertising departments are jointly managed by one manager who oversees all aspects of those departments and supports the editorial department with technical expertise. The manager reports to the USC and to the Gazette Publications Committee.

1.4 The composing department consists of two full-time professional staff who compose the print editions, design advertisements and provide technical assistance with the website.

1.5 The advertising department consists of a salesperson who sells print and digital advertising for The Gazette’s products.

 

1.0 Editorial Autonomy

1.1 The Gazette will maintain and protect its status as an independent publication in all respects, particularly in respect of its editorial content, without regard to the sources of its funding by the USC, Western administration or advertisers.

1.2 It is journalistically imperative that all content is decided solely by the editorial team and final authority on all content rests with the Editor-in-Chief, and is free from pressure or coercion from outside sources.

1.3 Advertisers cannot dictate or request editorial favouritism or changes. All advertisements will be clearly labelled as such in print and online.

1.4 Content is not reviewed by or shown to any person or organization, including sources, before publication. The Editor-in-Chief, at his or her discretion, may consult outside journalism and/or legal professionals on any content that may be deemed libellous or in contravention of laws.

1.5 Neither the USC’s political members nor its corporate management are involved in the editorial process of the paper, short of an incident where the paper publishes content deemed libelous, racist, sexist or otherwise contrary to law or The Gazette’s own policies.

1.6 In cases such as in 1.5, the USC can request action from the Gazette Publications Committee, who will be the authority in removing content and any disciplinary action taken against editorial staff.

 

1.0 Funding

1.1 The Gazette is funded both by student fees and advertising.

1.2 Student fees are collected by the USC on behalf of The Gazette. The student fee is determined each year by the USC with input from the Gazette’s management and the Gazette Publications Committee.

1.3 The Gazette is additionally funded by a capital fee levied on students each year. The fund is used for The Gazette’s capital needs on a short and long-term basis.

 

1.0 Accompanying Policies

1.1 All policies shall be reviewed by the Publications Committee and Front Office for their relevance and effectiveness on a regular basis, no longer than three years apart for any one policy.

1.2 Policies in addition to this one are:

  • Gazette Publications Committee Terms of Reference
  • Code of Ethics
  • Editorial Procedure
  • Complaints Procedure
  • Staffing Policy
  • Front Office Elections Policy
  • Gazette Capital Fee Terms of Reference

 

Supporting Documents

1.1 The Gazette’s Policies are meant as a guiding principle for its decisions and these supporting documents are practical reference tools that the Publications Committee and Front Office can use to operate effectively and efficiently.

1.2 Supporting documents maintained by the Publications Committee are:

  • Annual Strategic Plan
  • Front Office Year End Reports (one prepared by each member)
  • Front Office Job Descriptions
  • Section Editor Job Descriptions
  • Front Office Transition Procedure
  • Editorial Training Guideline
  • Publications Committee Chair Guideline
  • Memorandum of Understanding Regarding USC Corporate Clawbacks
Advertisements