If you’re an aspiring journalist, hearing how bad of a career career choice this is because of numerous cutbacks in the industry, long hours with low pay and little appreciation, is probably nothing new. We’ve all heard the discouraging comments, but many continue to push on and that’s exactly what the Canadian University Press – the only organization in the country with a mission to unite, strengthen and support the student press – is doing.
“At 76 years, CUP is the oldest student news service in the world and North America’s oldest student press cooperative,” according to a press release sent out by CUP. “Our organization has served as a launch pad for some of the most important voices in Canada including CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme, The Globe an dMail’s Andre Picard and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.”
Launched earlier this month, the #KeepCUPStrong campaign aims to crowdsource (via Indiegogo), with a target of $50,000. This comes after all part-time staff at CUP lost their job in early March because of a lack of funding.
With no reserves to draw on, CUP is reaching out to members of the Canadian media industry, alumni and anyone interested in helping to preserve the university press organization in helping youth journalists thrive. “CUP enables student newspapers to better fulfill their mandates through professional development, content-sharing agreements and facilitating a national community based on support and innovation.”
Link magazine has had writers, including myself, attend and benefit from CUP conference as well as country-wide exposure of some of our stories and content for the magazine’s previous identity as a newspaper.