The Newspaper

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The Newspaper
University of Toronto
The newspaper logo.PNG
Type Alternative biweekly
Format Tabloid
Publisher Planet Publications Inc.
Founded 1978 (1978)
Language English
Headquarters 256 McCaul Street
Suite 106
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W5
City Toronto
Country Canada

The Newspaper is the largest independent student newspaper in Canada with circulation on and around the University of Toronto. It is published by non-profit corporation Planet Publications Inc. and has been since it was founded in 1978. It was briefly circulated as The Independent Weekly before returning to its original title, which is now commonly stylized as the newspaper with intentional lowercase.

The Newspaper has been financially self-supporting for its entire history and has survived despite competing against many student-fee-supported campus newspapers. The Newspaper is officially recognized by the University of Toronto under the campus media policy of its Governing Council, a unique policy protecting the rights of independent publishers on the University of Toronto campus.

Currently the paper publishes biweekly, with issues available at all three University of Toronto campuses as well as various locations in downtown Toronto. The Newspaper also publishes articles daily on their website.


In The Newspaper's first year of publication, prominent professors at the University of Toronto contributed articles, including Allan Bloom, Denis Duffy, and Robertson Davies. In 1994, The Newspaper interviewed influential hip hop duo Gang Starr. The founding editors of The Newspaper were former editors of The Varsity (newspaper), Steven Petranik, Thomas Simpson and Ken Whitehurst. The Newspaper's offices were formerly located at 1 Spadina Crescent, but moved to 256 McCaul Street in 2013 due to renovations.

Special editions[edit]

Since 2003, The Newspaper's last print issue of every publishing season is a large compact alcohol-themed issue called The Boozepaper, often comprising a centerfold poster and beer reviews. There is also a Love and Sex Edition of the paper that centers around the themes of romance, sex, and dating published every February.

In November 2015, The Newspaper published a food-themed issue called The Foodpaper, but it is unknown whether this will be a recurring edition.

Notable alumni[edit]

Film director Atom Egoyan, novelists Rohinton Mistry and Ray Robertson, and television public affairs host Steve Paikin all worked for The Newspaper as students while attending the University of Toronto.

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