What is The Varsity?

The Varsity is U of T’s largest and oldest campus publication, as well as the largest student newspaper in Canada. Founded in 1880, The Varsity distributes 20,000 print copies across U of T’s three campuses every week during the academic year and maintains a strong online presence at thevarsity.ca and on social media. The Varsity also publishes an annual student handbook and two magazines each year.

Where is The Varsity?

The Varsity is located in the Sussex Clubhouse at 21 Sussex Avenue on the second and third floors. The news and web offices are on the second floor, along with the newsroom, where section meetings and weekend copy editing are held. The business, design, video and Editor-in-Chief offices are on the third floor. Office hours are held every weekday from 10 am to 5 pm. You can find masthead office hours here.

How can I contribute to The Varsity?

Very simply! We are always looking for writers, copy editors, photographers, illustrators, designers, and videographers. If you know which section you want to volunteer for, fill in this form. Feel free to visit masthead members during their office hours too.

Still not sure which section (or sections) interests you? Email editor@thevarsity.ca for assistance.

I don’t know what to write about.

No problem. Some editors will send out pitches to writers on their email lists. Editors will also be happy to help you if you visit their office hours or send them an email, either by pitching assignments to you or developing pitches with you.

Do I need previous experience to contribute?

Nope. We’re all student journalists — we’re here to learn. The Varsity is both the student newspaper, and the central venue for students at U of T to learn and practice journalism. Editors are there to assist and teach you.

Who edits my article?

Each article is edited several times before publication. First, the section editor will edit it, which sometimes involves sending it back to the writer for changes. Next, articles are edited by the Senior Copy Editor or the Deputy Senior Copy Editor. Then, two copy editors will copy edit and fact-check the articles. After that, articles are reviewed by the Senior Copy Editor or Deputy Senior Copy Editor and finally edited by the Editor-in-Chief. In print issues, the Senior Copy Editor and Deputy Senior Copy Editor review all articles after the Editor-in-Chief.

How do I become Varsity staff?

Contributors who make six contributions during one year earn staff status. Those with staff status are entitled to run for masthead positions, vote in masthead elections, and are credited as ‘Varsity Staff’ in the paper. Staff can also be in touch with the Photo Editor to have their picture taken for their author page on thevarsity.ca.

What is The Varsity Magazine?

The Varsity publishes one magazine per semester. Unlike newspaper editions, the magazines are not organized by sections, but rather showcase exceptional, in-depth writing inspired by a central theme. Magazine articles are written in various different lengths and forms and are complimented by outstanding design in the unique magazine format. You can learn more about The Varsity Magazine by contacting the magazine editor at features@thevarsity.ca.

I want to send a letter to the editor.

Send letters to comment@thevarsity.ca. Letters may be edited for length and clarity and may be published at our sole discretion.

If you disagree with an opinion article, you can always pitch an article arguing for your opinion. Opinion pitches can also be sent to comment@thevarsity.ca.

I have more questions.

No problem! We’d be happy to answer them. Please be in touch at editor@thevarsity.ca.