Editors' Blog


Hello Frosh! Welcome to The Watch. We’re your monthly magazine at King’s, owned and operated by students. Enjoy this special Frosh edition of The Watch, a sample of what’s coming this year.
Come get involved at the planning meeting on September 10 in the Wardroom. We’re electing a new Publisher and three students to the publishing board – and this could be you.
It’s our job to help you get involved and to keep you up to date with what’s been going on.
As some of you may have heard, our finances have been shaky this summer, as has the future of The Watch. It might seem strange for two editors to be discussing money, but our ability to do journalism and publish it rests on stable finances.
But, we can say this for sure: the magazine now is stronger and more financially stable, and we have plans to raise revenue through hiring an advertising team led by a business manager.
A couple of months ago, it was a different story.
In June, we went into overdraft at the bank, but our savvy treasurer Simcha Walfish got that straightened out.
We still owe two years of fees to the Canadian University Press and the Joint Stocks Registry and we need to pay two former staff and a handful of writers. We also owe John Adams a keyboard.
That said, we’re on our way out of the red and into the black. By the end of September, our debts will be paid off (including a cheque or two we may owe to you).
Soon, we’ll be posting our financial reports online, as well as our constitution. We’ll let you know when we’re not doing so hot, but we’re confident that with a strong financial backbone, we’ll have the means to producing a quality monthly magazine.
Although not out of the woods just yet, we’re almost there.
Keep an eye out for a snazzy new magazine with strong, research-based reporting. This year, we’re bringing a new, team-based approach, a sharp new design and website.
Come be part of it. You are The Watch.
– Ben and Rachel

By David J. Shuman

David is the current editor-in-chief of The Watch and writes on student issues and events. Find him on Twitter: @DavidJShuman

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