The Gateway is funded by a combination of advertisement revenue, our previous Dedicated Fee Unit (DFU), and other income — including our merchandise and government grants.
Previously, every undergraduate student at the University of Alberta paid our DFU, according to Students’ Union Bylaw 6100.
As a not-for-profit, every dollar students give us or any other piece of revenue we receive is used towards our mission of producing professional student journalism.
Every year, The Gateway staff — in conjunction with our Board of Directors and Gateway Student Journalism Society student membership — craft an operating budget. This budget guides the operations and expenditures made by The Gateway for that respective fiscal year.
All expenses at The Gateway are guided by our overall purpose: to provide reliable information to students and give anyone interested in being part of The Gateway — regardless of their faculty or program at the University of Alberta — the opportunity to gain valuable experience in journalism.
The majority of our expenses go toward maintaining a staff who can set standards, create professional content, and train volunteer contributors. We also spend money to print and distribute our monthly magazines alongside maintaining critical online infrastructure for our website.
The Gateway has 5 paid staff members. For complete transparency we release the annual salaries paid by position.
- Editor-in-Chief: $21,000
- Managing Editor: $14,000
- News Editor: $11,496
- Opinion Editor: $10,350
- Staff Reporter: 3,600
- Executive Director: $9,600
- Marketing and Outreach Coordinator: $6,187
We take our commitment to financial transparency and accountability very seriously. As a community-driven organization we rely on our relationships — whether those be with our readers, students who become volunteer contributors, or students who become future staff members.
The Gateway‘s finances are overseen by our Board of Directors. The Editor-in-Chief has fiduciary responsibility and works in conjunction with the Business Unit staff at The Gateway to ensure the finances are in order. The Business Unit consists of the Marketing & Outreach Coordinator and the Executive Director, who manages everything directly.
Every month, financial reporting is presented to the Gateway Student Journalism Society Board of Directors Finance Committee. The Gateway abides by the University of Alberta Students’ Union bylaws regarding operational DFUs. We submit financial documents and reporting annually to Students’ Council Finance Committee for oversight.
Additionally, The Gateway abides by all Canada Revenue Agency requirements for not-for-profits and the Societies Act of Alberta.
Audited Financial Statements
Every year The Gateway undergoes an external audit to ensure our fiscal practices are sound and that funds can be accurately accounted for. Our current auditors are Yates Whitaker.
Copies of our audits are posted here for any student or other stakeholder to view.