The middle of a faculty strike can be an exciting place to be as a student newspaper reporter. All of a sudden, you’re at the centre of the most consequential story that’s likely to come your way, every one of your peers is affected by it, and you and your newspaper are the ones that know the beat best.
But for many student journalists, things aren’t so simple. When instructors at Ontario colleges walked out more than two weeks ago, many students were shut out of their newspapers entirely. At issue: the colleges and faculty union couldn’t come to an agreement over the use — or overuse, if you’re talking to faculty — of contract professors.
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