|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2012)|
|Editor(s)||Ronan Coveney & Amy Walsh|
The College Tribune is a student newspaper based in University College Dublin. Established in 1989 by one of Ireland's best known print journalists, Vincent Browne, it is UCD's oldest surviving newspaper. It is currently co-edited by Ronan Coveney and Amy Walsh.
The various sections throughout the paper include news, sport, features, opinion, music, books, film, health and fashion. Volume 20 saw the introduction of a full colour entertainment supplement, The Siren.
In contrast to the majority of student newspapers, The College Tribune operates independently of college authorities and the students' union, supporting itself through advertising revenue. It is one of the four media outlets in UCD, the others being The University Observer, Belfield FM and the Campus Television Network.
It has produced a number of high-profile journalists that can be seen in the national media today. Previous editors include Conor Lally, crime correspondent for The Irish Times, The Sunday Times journalist Richard Oakley, Irish Independent soccer correspondent Daniel McDonnell, Roddy O'Sullivan deputy news editor of The Irish Times, Paul Lynch, an author and former and film critic of the Sunday Tribune, Sunday World crime journalist Eamon Dillon, Metro Ireland editor Alan Caulfield and brothers Gary and Fergus O'Shea, both now in The Sun, who were editors in 1996–97 and 2001–02 respectively]
Other past contributors include Dave Kelly, now chief sports analysis writer with the Irish Independent, Ruaidhri O'Connor, rugby correspondent with the Irish Independent and Katherine Smyth, a former associate producer with BBC Current Affairs. The College Tribune was tied to the national Sunday Tribune through its connections with Vincent Browne, but such links ended in 1999. The Tribune has also been distinguished on several occasions at national student media awards, particularly in sports writing, where it has a strong tradition. The paper won the Student Newspaper of the Year at the first USI/Irish Independent media awards in 1996. Editor at the time Conor Lally was also named as Student Journalist of the Year in 1996. Tribune stalwart Peter Lahiff was a recipient of a Guardian Award for Diversity in 2003.
In January 2011 the newspaper launched its new website, www.collegetribune.ie .
The Tribune is famous for the launch of the satirical page The Evil Gerald, a "paper within a paper". The Gerald was succeeded by The Turbine in 2003, and they have featured such satirical stories as the Provisional IRA dropping its pursuit of a United Ireland in favour of occupation of the Isle of Man, and Osama bin Laden stealing the Magic Door from Bosco, which allowed him access to anywhere in the world.
List of editors
- 2013-2014: Ronan Coveney and Amy Walsh
- 2012-2013: Cathal O' Gara and James Grannell
- 2011-2012: Conor McKenna (to issue 10) and Ryan Cullen
- 2010-2011: Colman Hanley
- 2009-2010: Cathy Buckmaster & Philip Connolly
- 2008-09: Jennifer Bray (co-edited with Simon Ward for eight issues)
- 2007–08: Caitrina Cody
- 2006–07: Colin Gleeson
- 2005–06: Eoin MacAodha
- 2004–05: Andrew McGuinness
- 2003–04: Daniel McDonnell
- 2002–03: Peter McGuire and Cormac Delaney
- 2001–02: Eoghan Rice and Fergus O'Shea
- 2000–01: Thomas Geoghegan and Bernard Cantillon
- 1999–00: Alan Caulfield and Caroline Gibney
- 1998–99: Sorcha Hamilton and Arnold Dillon
- 1997–98: Peter Lahiff and Richard Oakley
- 1996-97: Gary O'Shea (co-edited with Keith Woods for six issues)
- 1995-96: Conor Lally
- 1994-95: Alison Moore & Mary-Therese Kelly
- 1994: Emmet Oliver
- 1993-94: Roddy O'Sullivan
- 1992-93: Sarah Binchy
- 1990-92: Michelle Thomas
- 1988-90: Eamon Dillon