How old is the Sheaf?

The Sheaf has been the University of Saskatchewan students’ newspaper since 1912. It is the largest student newspaper of its kind in the province. Digital archives from 1912 to 1994 are available at the U of S archives.

How is the newspaper funded?

The Sheaf is a student-run non-profit organization. It receives part of its operating budget from U of S students in the form of a direct-levy; the remainder of the revenue is generated through advertising. The financial affairs are governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom are students.

Where can I pick up a copy?

The Sheaf is published weekly throughout the academic year and usually hits the stands Wednesday evening. Papers are distributed to colleges on campus and are available from stands along main traffic areas.

What is the goal of the newspaper?

The mission of the Sheaf is to inform and entertain students by addressing those issues that are relevant to life on campus, in the city, or in the province. The newspaper is also meant to be a forum for discussion on a wide range of issues that concern students.

The paper is written for students by students. Most of the staff (editors, photographers, artists) are student-journalists. With this composition, the Sheaf tries to stay in touch with students on this campus. It offers unique insight to university issues through a student perspective.

What does the Sheaf contain?

The Sheaf is divided into four main sections: News, Opinions, Sports and Arts.  Along with these standard sections, we occasionally run features on speciality topics like food, fashion, science, technology and the Internet.  But these categories don’t cover everything; the Sheaf is always prepared to push the boundaries of journalism and explore new kinds of stories.

The Sheaf endeavours to publicize student events occurring on campus; so be sure to watch for it so you can know about various pubs, concerts, and events taking place in your college.

Whether it is coverage of initiatives of the university administration, the exploits of the Huskies, or the review of a new musical talent, the Sheaf strives to be a mirror on student life.

What is the editorial policy of the newspaper?

The Editor-in-Chief has the right to veto any submission they deem unfit for the society newspaper. In determining this they will decide if the article or artwork would be of interest to a significant portion of the society and benefit the welfare of the readers. The Sheaf will not publish any racist, sexist, homophobic, or libelous material.

How is the organization structured?

As a student at the university you are already a society member of The Sheaf Publishing Society. As such, you have the right to have a say in the operation of the newspaper, which includes standing for (or voting for) the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is the executive arm of the society. It is the legal representative for the organization. It sets and administers the budget, determines employee contracts, the acquisition and liquidation of assets, and sets goals for the society.

Under the board, there are the Business and Advertising Manager, Editor-in-Chief, Section Editors, and other staff members.

The Business and Ads Manager is responsible for all accounting records, inventory, public relations, and office administration, as well as for marketing, sales (revenue) generation. She is also the representative of the newspaper to the business community.

The Editor-in-Chief oversees the publication of the paper and gives the editorial side its direction and focus. He/she will write, assign, and edit articles. The Editor-in-Chief also runs meetings, develops new writers, and coordinates the paper with the Section Editors.

Section Editors also write, assign and edit articles, but they are more refined in their focus. Each one has a specific area of coverage: news, sports, entertainment, and features.

Also on staff are the Web Editor, Photography Editor, Production Manager, Graphics Editor, and Delivery Coordinator.

What is the Canadian University Press?

The Sheaf is a founding member of the Canadian University Press, a national student press cooperative formed in 1938.

CUP operates like a student version of the Canadian Press and the Canadian Association of Journalists. The most important feature is the national news wire, kept current by a network of writers from across the country and stories written by member newspapers.

CUP provides training and resources to the Sheaf staff and volunteers, and offers job opportunities. They also provide members with resource materials, listservs, access to one of Canada’s top libel lawyers, a news-hub website, employment and internship opportunities, a mentorship program, a peer and professional network, and regional and national conferences.

For more information about CUP, see their website.

This section with files from the Canadian University Press.