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Gazette Editorial Guidelines

The Gazette is committed to communicating the news of Memorial University of Newfoundland in a dynamic, informative and timely manner.

The following is a brief description of the Gazette’s editorial guidelines, including an explanation of policies governing the content of the news site.

Appointments — The Gazette will at times publish short news stories concerning the appointment of deans, vice-presidents, directors and other individuals whose position makes it vital they be familiar to all staff, faculty and students.

Books at Memorial — Faculty, staff or students who have written, contributed to or edited recently published books are welcome to make submissions by contacting the Gazette editor at 709-864-2142 or mandyc@mun.ca.

Canadian Press Style — All Gazette items must adhere to Canadian Press style; however, there are Memorial-specific exceptions, which can be found in Memorial’s Style Guide. A copy of the Canadian Press Stylebook is available for consultation in the office of the editor, room A-1039, Arts and Administration building. For spelling, we adhere to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

Events calendar — A free listing of upcoming events related to Memorial or being held at Memorial. Events must be open to the general population. Event listings contain only basic information: when, where, what, etc. Entries are arranged by date. To be included in the Thursday morning Events Newsline, events must be submitted before 12 p.m. on Wednesdays. Submissions can be made through our Events Calendar.

Human interest features — Human interest feature submissions are welcome in the Gazette and are published at the discretion of the editor. Features generally focus on topics/people that are not integral to the operation and mission of the university.

Obituaries — Obituaries will be published to record the death of members of the university community (current students and current or retired faculty and staff members). Personal tributes will not be published in order to provide equitable coverage to members of the university community.

Op-eds — Opinion pieces from faculty, staff and students on a newsworthy subject that inform and stimulate debate are welcome. Submissions should focus on the author’s respective area of expertise. Submissions should provide depth to and perspective on the chosen topic. All submissions are subject to editing, and may be rejected on the basis of content or quality. Articles should be no longer than 650 words and be accompanied by a photo of the author. Author photos can be arranged. Submissions should include a suggested title. Authors must include their name, job title and contact information. Publication is not guaranteed. Op-ed contributions are limited to 1-2 per author per calendar year, at the editor’s discretion. To submit a proposal for an op-ed, please contact the Gazette editor at 709-864-2142 or mandyc@mun.ca.

Letters to the editor — Letters are welcome, but should not exceed 150 words. The Gazette reserves the right to condense and edit them. Letters will be published at the discretion of the editor. Third-party letters will not be reprinted, nor will letters signed with a pseudonym. Authors’ names and telephone numbers must be submitted for verification.

Notable — News about faculty, students or staff that is timely and noteworthy, such as a professional/academic accomplishment or special recognition. Notable submissions should run 80-120 words. Submissions can be made through our Notable page.

Papers and Presentations — News about papers presented beyond the university by faculty, students and staff and running 80-120 words. Submissions can be made through our Papers and Presentations page.

Photographs — To be considered for use in the Gazette, photos must be of good quality and high resolution. The Gazette reserves the right to reject any photograph submitted. All photographs published in the Gazette must be accompanied by a caption indicating the subjects’ names and location and should be current, unless otherwise specified, in which case the date of the photograph should be indicated. Photo credit will always be given. Photos will be cropped at the discretion of the Gazette.

Special features — Special features cover important university-wide events such as convocation, MUNdays and student orientation. Special features include a series of news and/or feature stories and relevant media (photography, audio/visual, etc.) or other storytelling devices/elements.

Studentview — A column written by the Gazette’s student correspondent that covers issues of interest to students and the general community.

Submissions — As Memorial’s flagship news vehicle, submissions to the Gazette from faculty, staff and students must be timely, accessible, have a specific message and be of interest to its audience. Value-added items, such as images, graphics, video/audio, links, etc., may be accepted from the author or produced by Marketing & Communications when desired. Operational business information, such as program/funding deadlines/applications, departmental notices, calls for nominations/consultation/applications/papers, committee activity, etc., will not be published on the main page (www.gazette.mun.ca). All submissions are subject to editing, and may be rejected at the discretion of the editor on the basis of content, quality or other reasons. Submissions must include name, job title and contact information of the submitter. For submissions, please contact the Gazette editor at 709-864-2142 or mandyc@mun.ca or the communications advisor in your unit.

Tributes — Tributes to members of the Memorial University community — faculty, staff, students and retirees — who have passed away are welcome. Tributes should not be a biography or an exhaustive list of a person’s accomplishments, though noteworthy achievements can be included. Unlike a formal obituary, tributes should include anecdotes to help readers understand who the person was as a colleague, a friend, a human being. Some contextual information, such as education, marriages/partnerships, children and career should be included. Submissions are to be made within six months of the person’s death, include the date and place of death, run about 500 words and are subject to editing for style/length. A photo that clearly shows the person’s face should be included. Publication is not guaranteed. For submissions, please contact the Gazette editor at 709-864-2142 or mandyc@mun.ca.

Voice and tone — The Gazette’s tone is academic but accessible, clever but not arrogant, energetic but focused.

Miscellaneous notes:

  • All material carried in the Gazette must have a direct connection to Memorial University.
  • The Gazette cannot cover all events which take place on campus or which involve Memorial, and it cannot publicize events of which it is not aware. Members of the university community should feel free to let the Gazette know about upcoming events or interesting projects.
  • The Gazette reserves the right to refuse to publish material which is slanderous, highly technical or containing no relevance or appeal for its audience.
  • The Gazette does not permit advertising.