The Runner (newspaper)

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The Runner
Type Semi-weekly newspaper (monthly in summer)
Owner(s) Polytechnic Ink
Publishing Society
Editor Tristan Johnston
Founded 2008
Headquarters Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Arbutus 3710
12666 72 Ave.
Surrey, B.C.
V3W 2M8
ISSN 1916-8241

The Runner is the independent student newspaper of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's 17,500-plus students, faculty and staff[1] across Surrey, Richmond, Langley, Delta, and White Rock. It publishes 18 issues each year on both weekly and bi-weekly schedules between September and April. Summer issues are published monthly during May through August. The Runner withdrew as a member of the Canadian University Press[2] in 2013.


The Runner first published in early 2009[3][4] after a successful February 2008 Kwantlen Student Association referendum for "a freely distributed, year-round, multi-campus, student-owned, student-run news and campus culture publication", which approved a $0.75 per credit levy that is refundable to students who may "opt out".[5] Other funds supplement The Runner through advertisement sales.

It has formal, exclusive financial and editorial autonomy from the Kwantlen Student Association. Such autonomy avoids press freedom hindrance, where student unions or post-secondary institutions attempt to exert control over the content or funding of a student newspaper that commits journalism in the public interest.


A board of directors maintains the general direction of the The Runner. It is the independent oversight for both an Editorial Division and Business Division. It functions under the umbrella of British Columbia's Society Act[6] as a registered non-profit society named Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society (abbreviated as PIPS). Kwantlen students are the voting members of the society, and they may opt out from it and receive a refund of their fee payment.

The Runner's editorial functions work as a collective; there is neither Managing Editor nor an Editor-in-Chief position. Each editor has delegated duties and tasks from the Editorial Division, while other general decisions are made by general votes or consensus from Contributors at meetings.

Runner Editors are elected each June by the paper's Contributors. Collectively, Contributors make up the society's Editorial Division and vote on all aspects of editorial policies, content and views. Contributors are student writers, photographers and illustrators who have had three of their submissions published within The Runner or other PIPS publications over the course of a calendar year.

The Runner also employs an Operations Manager who coordinates society human resources, day-to-day functions, and is in charge of the society's Business Division. The Operations Manager is not a board member, but attends meetings, and generally serves the society with its institutional memory.

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