Controversy between Queen's athletics and student newspaper

September 8, 2014

A brief controversy erupted at Queen’s university last week when its student newspaper The Journal was informed by the Athletics department that only one media pass would be granted for the upcoming year instead of the 8 passes requested and granted in the past. According to The Journal, this was in response to the reporting of the varsity ‘team of the year’ award last spring, which prompted Jeff Downie, Associate Director of Athletics, to write in a letter to Journal staff, “we will be reevaluating our relationship, and the privileged access we provide the Journal moving forward.” The Journal’s Editor-in-Chief Nick Faris commented in an article last week that the refusal to grant the passes as a way of “punishing [The Journal] for reporting on the team of the year vote is a slap in the face to the entire student body.” The Queen’s Gaels have since announced on Twitter that they will provide the “additional media passes as requested.” The Journal | Globe and Mail