The Athenaeum is the definitive source of news on campus. Published during the school year online and in print, it is the second oldest student newspaper in Canada still in print. The Athenaeum (The Ath for short) is written and edited by students, and funded by a combination of student fees and advertising. All Acadia students are welcome to join the staff of the paper; absolutely no experience is necessary.
Training is provided by editors, as well as many professional journalists who are Ath alumni. Students can hone their written and verbal communication abilities, learn computer and technical skills, and develop their graphic design talents — applied knowledge that will complement what they learn in the classroom. Students will also gain the satisfaction that comes with seeing their hard work splashed across the front page.
We’re a founding member of Canadian University Press (CUP), an organization which links student papers across the country. CUP provides the paper news from campuses all over Canada, and Ath staff members attend three CUP conferences per year to obtain additional training and discuss issues facing students and the student press. Joining The Ath is a wonderful way to get involved on campus. The newsroom always knows what’s happening at Acadia, sometimes before it happens. It is also a place to meet interesting and motivated people; many long-term friendships have started in the newsroom. Stop by room 512 in the New SUB any time and remember: you come in with no experience, but you won’t leave that way.
Students have done the journalism thing at Acadia since 1874. For almost as long as there has been an Acadia University, there has been an Athenaeum in some form. The Ath got its start in 1874 and is still going strong, funded by the ASU and advertising.
The Athenaeum would like to acknowledge that our office resides and our production takes place on Mi’kmaqi, the ancestral and unceded territories of the Mi’kmaq people. We make this acknowledgement to pay respect to the keepers of the land, and to help fulfill our responsibility to view our own colonial history and their present-day implications through a critical lens.
The opinions expressed herein do not represent the Acadia Students Union or the staff of the Athenaeum, they are held by the individuals who contribute to the Athenaeum as essential members of our completely student-run newspaper.
Articles submitted will be published at the discretion of the editorial board. If there is content that we feel will not add to the philosophy, dialogue, or tone of our newspaper, it will not be published. That being said, all of our staff members look forward to working together with writers to improve their quality of writing, and to make sure the Athenaeum remains professional and well-rounded. The Athenaeum may accept submissions from any student or member of our campus, present and past, and is always looking for more writers and photographers. Story meetings occur every Wednesday at 6pm in the Athenaeum office, room 512 in the SUB—all are welcome, and we encourage you to come! If you have any inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us.