The Cord Weekly
The Cord is a student newspaper at Wilfrid Laurier University. Founded in 1926, it features stories about current events on campus and the community as well as student life, sports, arts and opinion. The paper's website compiles all the content from the print edition as well as web-exclusive content. The Cord publishes every Wednesday of the fall and winter semester and monthly over the summer.
The Cord is a member of the Canadian University Press. It is one of several publications produced by Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications.
The Cord currently features the following sections in print: News (Campus, Local, and National), Sports, Arts, In Depth and Features (alternating), Opinion, classifieds, and letters to the editor. The paper's local content has expanded in recent years to cover regional news including elections and other events in the Waterloo community.
The Cord also publishes an online Life section with student lifestyle-related stories as well as horoscopes, advice columns, and the popular venting platform, "Dear Life."
In 2011, The Cord made the decision to remove its World section from print due to a lack of student reader interest. Instead, The Cord implemented the online World Blog, a compilation of multi-media pertaining to global news.
Awards and recognition
The Cord has been applauded by many in the news industry for its commitment to professionalism as well as its clean and modern design. In 2010 and 2011, The Cord received second place honours by the Canadian Community News Association awards for Best Campus Newspaper. The Cord also won the award for Best Campus Photography (Nicholas Lachance).
A the 2011 Canadian University Press national conference, Sports Editor Justin Fauteux received a John H. MacDonald (Johnny) award for excellence in sports writing for his piece, "The psychology of sport injury."  The win marked The Cord's first Johnny win in over five years.
Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications
Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (or WLUSP) is a volunteer-based organization that collects fees from undergraduate students and publishes various media. It became a non-profit corporation in 1970; until then, its functions had been fulfilled under the direction of the Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union. WLUSP is governed by an elected President and Board of Directors. Volunteers for management-level positions are all hired, but only a few positions, such as The Cord Editor in chief and the WLUSP President, are salaried.
The organization publishes The Cord, the university's newspaper. It also produces: Blueprint Magazine, Wilfrid Laurier's student arts magazine; Keystone, Wilfrid Laurier University's yearbook; The WLU'er, a student planner, The Sputnik, Laurier Brantford's official student newspaper, The Orbiter, Laurier Brantford's student planner and RadioLaurier.com Laurier's campus radio station.
- 1926 - The Cord Weekly is founded as Laurier's official student newspaper.
- 1991 - The Cord Weekly gains national media attention after the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union locks WLUSP's office doors because of an article discussing the details of homosexual sex. As a result, WLUSP successfully campaigns to gain administrative control over its student fees.
- 2009 - The Cord Weekly changes its name to The Cord to better represent its publication.
- The Cord wins national title. The Cord. 19 January 2010.