The Link is an independent student newspaper at Concordia University. It was founded in 1980 as a merger between The Georgian, representing Sir George Williams University, and The Loyola News, representing Loyola College, when the two schools merged to form Concordia University. The Link was so called because it was meant to link both campuses.
The Link's mandate is to be a voice for the voiceless and it has a reputation for being an activist newspaper. The Link is the longest-running independent, non-profit, student-run newspaper. Its slogan is "Concordia's Independent Newspaper since 1980." Revenue comes from a student fee levy and both print and online advertising.
The Link prints several supplements a year investigating special issues. The first special issue was the women's issue, printed around International Women's Day. In 1982, The Link printed its first queer supplement, which some students found to be controversial; 5,000 copies of the paper were removed from newsstands by students and destroyed. A queer issue is still printed every year.
In 1985, The Link interviewed Hunter S. Thompson, who was scheduled to speak at Concordia University. Twenty-eight years later its author, Dwayne Perrault, recounts how that story went down in an interview to The Link from his home in Amsterdam.
In 2012 The Link left the Canadian University Press.
In September 2012, The Link broke a story about the substandard living conditions of international students at Concordia, which has since gained national attention.
Although The Link is primarily a print-orientated media, in 2011, The Link was the first Canadian university newspaper to become a daily online, with a print and on online team. Since then The Link has experimented with new digital formats including special issue micro-sites for the 2012 Quebec provincial election, for a special issue on science and technology, for the 2013 Space issue, and for the 2015 International issue,
The Link was nominated for eight John H. McDonald Awards in 2013, ultimately bringing home four awards : Riley Sparks' Taken for a Ride uncovering poor living conditions of Chinese students at Concordia University, Oliver Leon's column That Transexxual Guy, tackling the issues and everyday life of transition and trans* rights, Sam Slotnick's Tipping Point photo showing masked demonstrators attacking a bystander during the 2012 Montreal anti-police brutality march and Colin Harris' profile of Canadian band King Khan.
In 2012, following the death of its first Editor-In-Chief, Doug Leslie, The Link created a bursary in his name to help young student journalists in financial need. The bursary consists of two $500 or one $1,000 grant for deserving staff members of The Link.