Two papers, two languages, one student community
The Fulcrum and La Rotonde, the University of Ottawa's two student newspapers, were founded by the English Debating Society in 1942 and the Société des débats français in 1932, respectively. Today, these two student newspapers are still found across the University's different campuses, keeping students informed and up-to-date on issues, activities and events at the University. The weeklies help create a sense of community among students and provide students with the information they need to make informed decisions and to get involved in various causes.
Editor-in-Chief of La Rotonde, Maxime Goulet, says the paper is central to the student experience because it is a vital link between students and newsmakers.
These newspapers also provide a foot in the door for students interested in journalism, photography and other media-related areas. Students gain experience in both print and electronic media since La Rotonde and the Fulcrum are published in print format and on the Web.
"We're aiming to reach out to students even more through a stronger online presence, supported by our growing group of staff and volunteers," says Emma Godmere, editor-in-chief of the Fulcrum.
As part of the newspaper teams, students gain not only valuable learning experiences but also quality volunteer or work experience, allowing them to apply the knowledge they have acquired in class.
By Dominic Boutin and Dave Weatherall
Published: February 2010