The Gateway (newspaper)

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The Gateway
Type Student newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Gateway Student Journalism Society
Editor-in-chief Josh Greschner
Founded November 21, 1910 (1910-11-21)
Headquarters University of Alberta
Circulation 7,000 - 10,000
Sister newspapers The Manitoban
ISSN 0845-356X

The Gateway is the student newspaper at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


The newspaper was founded in North Garneau at the home of Liddy Lloyd on October 26, 1910.[1] A group of students had gathered to discuss the creation of a student newspaper. They came up with the name "The Gateway" and selected A.E. Ottewell as its first editor-in-chief.[2] The first issue was published on November 21, 1910.[2]

According to the newspaper's first editorial, the name "Gateway" was chosen because "there is something unique about our position in this institution, the university farthest north in America and farthest West in Canada, standing at the portal of a great undeveloped and practically unknown region, rich in potentialities of future greatness."[3]

In 1938, The Gateway became a founding member of Canadian University Press (CUP), a non-profit news wire service owned by post-secondary student newspapers across Canada.[4] The Gateway hosted CUP national conferences in January 1979, January 2005, and January 2010.[5]

Ownership and Operations[edit]

From its first published issue in 1910 until 2002, the Gateway was run as a department of the University of Alberta Students' Union. In 2002, the paper ran a successful referendum campaign for its autonomy and became an independent entity run by the Gateway Student Journalism Society (GSJS).[6] In the period when the union was responsible for the paper, the University of Alberta had no editorial control over The Gateway, and by law the union was responsible for the production; the Universities Act of the Province of Alberta dictated that the student union was a corporate body separate from the university.[7]

While most of the day-to-day operations did not change with autonomy, a board of directors (BOD) took over the major decision-making powers for the paper from a Students' Union committee and the Vice-President (Student Life).

The paper is funded by a combination of advertising revenue and a student levy approved at the time of the autonomy campaign. The Gateway is one of the oldest and largest student newspapers in Canada[citation needed] and features sections devoted to news, opinion, sports, arts and entertainment, comics and features.

The Gateway has been published primarily as a twice-weekly publication, appearing on campus on most Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall and winter terms.[8] During the Spring and Summer sessions, the Gateway publishes a reduced schedule with a reduced circulation.

Each December, the Getaway is published (notice the different spelling), which features satirical articles and non sequiters. The Getaway is a no-holds-barred publication, each issue containing considerable profanity and sexual content. Additionally, a joke issue spoofing a different newspaper or magazine is run every year at the end of the winter term.

The Gateway launched a new website, The Gateway Online, on 27 February 2007.[citation needed]

On February 17, 2011, the GSJS Board of Governors voted to change The Gateway to weekly publishing for the 2011/2012 publication year, moving the paper down from twice-weekly publishing for the first time since the 1930s.[citation needed]

In January 2016, in order to combat the declining relevance of newsprint media, The GSJS Board of Directors voted to shift to a monthly publishing schedule that featured eight magazines per publishing year and an increased focus on digital publishing and social media presence. Cam Lewis, the Editor-in-Chief who orchestrated the organization's shift, said the goal was to lead the way in a change in climate that everybody was going to have to face eventually, citing a decline in ad revenue and an increase in the use of digital mediums as reasons for the change.[9]

The final newspaper edition of The Gateway was released on April 5, 2016. The issue's cover featured a Space Moose cartoon drawn by Adam Thrasher and a four-page feature with testimonials from multiple Gateway alumni about their memories of the newspaper. [10]

Gateway Student Journalism Society[edit]

The Gateway Student Journalism Society is the body that oversees the budget and overall operation of the Gateway. Its board of directors consists of eleven voting members (the "Editor-in-Chief" of the newspaper, an editors' representative, two volunteer representatives, a representative of Students' Council, the SU Vice-President (Operations and Finance), two "continuity" representatives, a community representative, and two students-at-large). A Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair of the BOD are selected from the voting members.

Gateway Alumni Association[edit]

In early 2004, Gateway alumnus Steve Lillebuen approached the University of Alberta to officially recognize a Gateway Alumni Association (GAA), and by March of that year the GAA became an official chapter of the University of Alberta Alumni Association.[11]

Since then, the GAA has tracked down 800 lost alumni, hosted the Gateway’s 95th and 100th anniversary dinners, and completed an online digital archive of the newspaper in partnership with the University of Alberta library.[1][11][12]

All former paid staff of the newspaper are members of the Association. Any volunteer who contributed five or more submissions—writing, photographs, graphics, comics, administrative or editorial assistance and design—that appeared in the Gateway is also a member. It is estimated that over 3000 people have volunteered at one point in the Gateway's publishing history.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable comics[edit]

  • Bub Slug by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen, which later became Betty, an internationally syndicated comic strip.[14]
  • Space Moose by Adam Thrasher
  • Bob the Angry Flower by Steve Notley
  • Colby Christ by Donald R. "Don" Husereau - Depicts Colby Cosh[15]
  • Editorial cartoons by Gerard Kennedy, 1979-83 (later Liberal MP and Liberal-leadership candidate)


Swagazine Era[edit]

  • 2017/18 J@ (Previously Leland Editor)
  • 2016/17 Josh "Uncle Grandpa" Greschner (Previously Opinion Editor)

Weekly Publishing (aka Actual Attitude Era)[edit]

  • 2015/16 Cameron "Hot Man" Lewis (Previously Sports Editor)
  • 2014/15 Andrea "Beaumont" Ross (Previously Staff Reporter)
  • 2013/14 Andrew "Young" Jeffrey (Previously Sports Editor)
  • 2012/13 Ryan Bromsgrove (Previously Opinion Editor)
  • 2011/12 Alexandria Eldridge (Previously Senior News Editor)

Autonomy Era (aka Ruthless Aggression era)[edit]

  • 2010/11 Jonn Kmech (Previously Arts & Entertainment Editor)
  • 2009/10 Mike Kendrick (Previously Editor-in-Chief, Production Editor for two years)
  • 2008/09 Mike Kendrick (Previously Production Editor for two years)
  • 2007/08 Adam Gaumont (Previously Opinion Editor)
  • 2006/07 Matt Frehner (Previously Photo Editor)
  • 2005/06 Daniel Kaszor (Previously Production Editor for two years)
  • 2004/05 Adam Rozenhart (Previously Managing Editor, Arts and Entertainment Editor)
  • 2003/04 Chris Boutet (Previously Managing Editor, News Editor)
  • 2002/03 David "Skip" Zeibin (Previously Production Editor for two years)

Preautonomy Era (aka Attitude Era)[edit]

  • 2001/02 David Alexander (Previously Arts and Entertainment Editor)
  • 2000/01 Dan Lazin (Previously Production Editor and News Editor)
  • 1999/00 Neal Ozano (Previously News Editor and Managing Editor)
  • 1998/99 Nathaniel Fairbairn (Previously Managing Editor)
  • 1997/98 Rose Yewchuk (Previously News Editor)
  • 1996/97 Chris Jackel (Previously News Editor)
  • 1995/96 Mike T. LaRiviere (Previously Photo Editor)
  • 1994/95 Juliet Williams (Previously News Editor)
  • 1993/94 Stephen Notley (Previously Managing Editor)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Stolte, Elise. "From pranksters to prime ministers". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Original Masthead (1910-11-21). "The Gateway". The Gateway. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Editorial (1910-11-21). "What We Think". The Gateway. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "College papers unite to form new press union". The Gateway. 1938-01-07. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Past conference hosts". Canadian University Press. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Pabillano, Jhenifer; Parmar, Neil (2002-03-12). "Gateway goes autonomous". The Gateway. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Ciccocioppo, Lucianna. "Cartoon controversy saunters into cyberspace." Folio. University of Alberta Office of Public Affairs. Friday October 24, 1997. Retrieved on January 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "Publishing Database". The Gateway. Peel's Prairie Provinces. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
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  11. ^ a b Murray, Tom. "Student newspaper marks 95th anniversary". ExpressNews. Archived from the original on 2011-09-19. 
  12. ^ Dunning, Hayley. "100 Years of The Gateway". E-Trail. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Gateway Alumni Association". Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Cartoons and Comic Strips". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  15. ^ Thrasher, Adam and Colby Cosh. "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about SPACE MOOSE." Space Moose. Retrieved on February 4, 2011.

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