Today marks a year since Togatus went quiet — and what a year it’s been. Never has it been more important for students to support each other, and Togatus should be a part of it — independent, student-run and always relevant, this publication has served the student voice since 1931.
Tog is back. We’ve got a great team of new and old writers warming up their pencils and oiling their typewriters. There are important stories to write at UTAS and we intend to write them.
This is not the first time Togatus has gone quiet — 2020 has been a year of change and distance, and Tog was a casualty. For that, we’re sorry. We’re in the process of building infrastructure to ensure Tog can thrive in our changing learning experience at UTAS.
Taking the reins as Editor-in-Chief is fourth-year journalism student Bethany Green, who is a longtime Tog journalist and the first foreign correspondent attached to an Australian student news bureau (probably!).
Also returning is Media Honours student Joe Brady, the former Togatus Editor-in-Chief and a grizzled copy editor, as Director of Publication.
We would like to thank our colleagues at the Tasmania University Union, our publishers, for their efforts in coordinating Tog’s revival. We’d also like to thank UTAS students at large for soldiering through your degrees (and your student fees) in what is undoubtedly one of the toughest years in uni history. Tog’s marching right along with you now.
In this critical time, Togatus remains firm in our commitment to provide an independent platform for the student voice. If you have a story worth telling — no matter how or with what you tell it — please do not hesitate to get in touch. Articles, art, radio plays, films, puppet shows — we love it all.
Where do we go from here?
- Togatus is once again accepting submissions, so if you’re a young journo, writer, filmmaker or hobbyist at UTAS with a story to tell, contact us on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org
- We are also excited to announce the introduction of a paid honorarium to support quality student news stories relevant to the UTAS student experience. If you are interested in getting to know more about this, let us know with the links above.
- Togatus will likely remain an online publication for the remainder of 2020 (much like your uni degree), with print editions to slowly return to circulation in 2021.
- Next year marks 90 years of Togatus! We will begin advertising positions for the 2021 editorial team later this year. We will also (COVID permitting) hold a get-together for those interested in getting involved with Togatus in 2021 — so watch this space!
Good luck, and keep on carrying on.
Beth and Joe
2020 Editorial Team