For the last five years I’ve worked as a senior advisor to Jack Layton and the New Democrats on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. I’ve had the opportunity to work directly with elected officials, heads of government, and members of the national media, and every day I feel like I can have an impact on public policy and public discourse in Canada. But I want you to know that I couldn’t have arrived here without the incredible experience I gained working at The McGill Daily. Being involved in campus media is one of the best ways to get real-world experience and develop skills you could never learn in class or writing essays. The student press is one of the few places where you’ll find truly free and independent critical analysis, and it is a warm and welcoming environment in which to practice these much-needed skills. But more than anything, The Daily does an immeasurable service to the entire University community by reporting on the things happening around you and holding student leaders and University officials to account. The Daily is a valuable part of McGill and it deserves your support.
Ira Dubinsky was a Daily News editor, 2002-2004.
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