Policies

(Revised June 2011)

1. General

On Campus News is both the official newspaper of the University of Saskatchewan and its accompanying new centre website. The newspaper is published by University Communications bi-weekly during each academic year with the number of issues determined on an annual basis. Content from the newspaper as well as additional information and news is made available online.

2. Distribution

In print form, On Campus News is distributed free of charge to all faculty, administrators, staff, graduate students, and members of governing bodies of the U of S, officials of related agencies and government departments, major news media and in some public locations in Saskatoon.  It is also distributed for a cost-recovery fee to paying subscribers. The On Campus News website is available to all.

3. Objectives

Since its launch as the U of S newspaper in 1993, OCN has aimed to:

  • Give readers a picture of the whole university and the extended campus, and the role of individuals, departments and offices within the whole.
  • Support employee morale by providing university employees with a forum for open communication and discussion of issues related to the university.
  • Inform readers of relevant events and other opportunities for intellectual, professional, social, cultural and personal benefit.
  • Provide readers with relevant material from outside the U of S.
  • Provide an archival account of the unfolding history of the university.
  • Provide merchants, companies and organizations with a cost-effective means of advertising to the university campus.

With the launch of the OCN news centre in June 2011, content from the print version as well as additional content will continue to support the objectives set out above. The website provides readers with tools for sharing content through social media (Facebook, Twitter) as well as the opportunity to comment on specific news and information in a moderated forum.

4. Organization and Principles

Management of On Campus News is typically carried out by an editor who reports to the director of communications.  The work of preparing On Campus News is the responsibility of the editor, who may be assisted by a staff writer, other communications staff and others as may be required, including freelance writers.  On sensitive issues, the editor will consult with the director of communications, and caution will be exercised in cases where publication of material may damage the reputation of the university or members of its community.  On Campus News reporters will always identify themselves as news staff.  On Campus News takes care to observe legal limitations placed on publications, such as libel laws, and it strives to present material that is accurate, unbiased and balanced.  Everyone in the university community is encouraged to express opinions, contribute letters and provide story suggestions.

5. Editorial Advisory Board

The editor consults an Editorial Advisory Board set up to provide feedback and advice on all aspects of On Campus News.   An effort is made to have board membership reflect OCN’s readership.  It is comprised of eight members:

  • director of communications.
  • one representative of the Human Resources Division
  • two members of faculty/teaching staff
  • two members of staff
  • one representative of the Graduate Students’ Association
  • one representative of an on-campus, non-U of S organization

OCN staff attends meetings of the board as non-voting ex-officio members. The editor calls and chairs board meetings.  Meetings are generally held three times per year or as deemed necessary.

6. Editorial Content

The editorial content of On Campus News and the online news centre is determined by the editor or a designate, and when necessary, in consultation with the director of University Communications, senior university personnel and the OCN Editorial Advisory Board. The editorial aim of OCN is to provide timely and balanced reporting that is of value to faculty, staff and graduate students as well as the public, and that serves the best interests of the university as a whole. The editor reserves the right to edit letters to the editor or viewpoints for length, and to reject letters, viewpoints and online comments that contravene libel law or that could damage the reputation of an individual or the university. Readers are welcome to express opinions and make suggestions on content but no one should expect space in the newspaper as a matter of course. When the editor becomes aware of inaccuracies published in On Campus News or online, a correction will be published in the next edition or corrected online as soon as possible.

7. Advertising

Paid display advertising is accepted on terms and rates set by the editor as a service to vendors and the campus community, and to offset OCN production costs.  All paid advertising must be relevant to OCN readers, must be within the bounds of the law and the community standards of the university, and must provide information or offer services to OCN readers. Advertisements that explicitly advocate for political, social, religious, cultural or other causes may be rejected.  The editor has full discretion in accepting or rejecting any advertisement, and the editor may seek the advice of the director of communication or the Editorial Advisory Board regarding advertising requests.  On Campus News reserves the right to add the words “Advertisement” or “Advertising Feature” to any advertisement. Advertising in the form of newspaper inserts will only be accepted from University of Saskatchewan sources.

For more information, contact ocn@usask.ca