Ryerson newspapers stay with Canadian University Press

Ryerson’s student newspapers are sticking with the Canadian University Press (CUP).

CUP is a non-profit co-operated organization that is owned and run by more than 80 university newspapers across Canada.

J-Source reported last week that seven of CUP’s past members have started an alternative newswire service to CUPwire. The newly launched National Wire Service includes the University of Toronto’s The Varsity, Western’s The Gazette, the Dalhousie Gazette, The McGill Daily, Concordia’s The Link, the University of Victoria’s The Martlet and theUniversity of British Columbia’s Ubyssey, all of whom have left CUP in recent years because of membership fees; Ubyssey being the most recent defector earlier this month.

The Ryersonian‘s publisher Ivor Shapiro said he hasn’t heard or been part of any discussions about the paper leaving CUP.

Ryerson’s independent student newspaper The EyeOpener left the service in the early 90s, but rejoined eight and a half years ago for the discount CUP gives its members on media lawyers, said EyeOpener general manager Liane McLarty.

“We should try to be doing edgy stuff, and if you’re doing edgy stuff you need a good lawyer,” she said.

Annual membership fees for CUPwire range from $334.19 to $5,735.98. Both of Ryerson’s newspapers pay towards the higher end of the fee range.

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