Student magazine wins battle for editorial independence

Canta editor Samantha Mythen. Photo: Supplied
Canta editor Samantha Mythen. Photo: Supplied
Student magazine Canta has gained editorial independence after a lengthy battle with the University of Canterbury Students' Association.

The student magazine previously had to be signed off by the UCSA's communications manager, which Canta editor Samantha Mythen previously said was leading to "censorship" with some articles being withdrawn before print.

This led to more than 700 people signing a petition to have the association cease its pre-publication vetting of the magazine.

In the magazine's new editorial policy from the UCSA, it is stated while it is a UCSA service funded by the student services levy and advertising contributions, the magazine is editorially independent, which enables it to report critically on the association's activities.

The UCSA will continue to have reserved space within the printed magazine under the new policy. That space will be allowed to be used and editorially controlled by the UCSA in order to promote services and information that is seen of interest and value to students, including paid advertising.

The association will also have the right to access Canta's digital channels for the purpose of promoting services and information that is seen of interest to students, including paid advertising.

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