Why Doug Ford's attack on student press is an attack on journalism as a whole - 2019-10-16
Ontario's student press has been dealt an unprecedented blow to its abilities to fulfil its core mandates of holding university stakeholders accountable and keeping students informed.
A provincial policy directive called the Student Choice Initiative (SCI) implemented this fall allows students to opt out of certain previously mandatory ancillary fees, thus completely upending the funding model for many student groups across Ontario — including student journalism.
Due to Ford's directive, campus publications have had to rapidly readjust to a new financial reality of cuts and reduced operations. While perhaps the initiative was not intended to attack student media, that has been the unfortunate outcome of the SCI.