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What recent media cuts mean for future journalists The future of journalism looks bleak, what does that mean moving forward?

When I was 16 years old, I told my parents that I wanted to be a journalist. They hated that, obviously, and I don’t blame them. Why would they want their kid to go into a (their words) dying field? Especially one that has been at a low point for the past ten years. Over the past decade, the number of jobs in newsrooms have dropped by 45 per cent. In the past month alone, major news companies have laid off major portions of their...

What would happen if student media were to dissolve? The Progressive Conservative party’s plan to make ancillary fees optional is an incredibly dangerous move for student media

Premier Doug Ford’s recent move to make ancillary fees optional can affect a number of valuable groups and services on campus. On a campus that prides itself in student life as much as McMaster does, many of these groups are left to question what is to be deemed essential by the university. The Silhouette is in a similar position. The Silhouette has been McMaster’s student-run newspaper for 89 years. For a university without a...

A call for stronger presidential platforms Whoever wins tonight should fight to keep their promises, but also consider what is actually in the MSU’s power

  Last week, the Silhouette News team wrote up platform critiques for each of this year’s McMaster Students Union presidential election candidates. The critiques collectively point out that while the candidates are trotting out some interesting ideas, many are patently unfeasible. Madison Wesley advocates for a McMaster campus store textbook rental program, but the director of retail services at McMaster told our News contributor...

We can do better Students are struggling, so why are this year’s presidential platform points surrounding mental health nothing more than talking points?

  On Jan. 11, McMaster Daily News published an article by Catherine Munn, an associate clinical professor from McMaster University’s psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences and lead psychiatrist at the McMaster Student Wellness Centre. Titled ‘Why are so many students struggling with mental health?’, the article discusses the factors that may lead to why students are struggling with mental health and the support systems in...

In defence of print media In our ever-increasing digital world, there remains an important need for print publications

  In light of recent discussions made by the Student Representative Assembly concerning the fate of Incite Magazine, talks of the supposed “death of print” have once again circulated campus. Incite Magazine is McMaster University’s creative arts and writing publication featuring student work across a wide range of mediums. The magazine, which prints three times a year, is entirely student-led and student-funded, receiving $1.02...

Weed is the new steel So what is going to happen in April?

  In a few weeks, the question of whether Hamilton should host private cannabis stores goes before the city’s planning committee. Within the year before marijuana was legalized, the number of marijuana dispensaries operating in Hamilton had nearly tripled. With nearly 80 dispensaries popping up around the city, Hamilton had the most dispensaries per capita across Ontario, a testament to how huge the weed market really is in our...