We’re happy that you picked up our first issue of the year, and hope that you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. We also hope that our Disorientation Guide will help ease the transition from summer’s sweet, sweet freedom to fall’s intense daily grind.
In case you don’t know, The Daily is a bit of a McGill landmark. Founded as a daily sports rag in 1911, it slowly grew into a fully fledged grassroots media source in the 1960s, when it covered student protests such as Black students’ anti-racism efforts. Over the years, The Daily became what it is today: an alternative weekly newspaper run by a non-hierarchical collective of editors and contributors, wherein decisions are based on consensus. We publish on topics not only relevant to McGill, but also to the Montreal community at large. Our Statement of Principles (SOP), printed below this editorial, defines our mission: to prioritize marginalized voices, content, and angles that aren’t given space in mainstream media.
If we’ve piqued your interest, there are a number of ways for you to get involved with The Daily. You can contribute by writing an article, taking a photo, drawing an illustration, or submitting an art essay. If radio and video are more your thing, get in contact with our multimedia editor, and you could host an installment of our radio show Unfit to Print, produced in collaboration with CKUT 90.3 FM, a non-profit campus community radio station at McGill. If you’ve never written an article before, don’t worry! The Daily is proud to function as an alternative journalism school, as McGill doesn’t have one of its own. We will also be hosting J-Week, a series of journalism workshops and speakers, later in the year.
Feel free to email editors with questions or ideas you may have, or to stop by on a Friday during production. Our office is in the SSMU building’s basement, room B-24, right across from Gerts. We have comfy couches, bound volumes of The Daily dating back to the 1940s, and a coffee machine. Look out for a new issue of The Daily online and on stands around campus every Monday.