College Tribune

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College Tribune
University College Dublin
College Tribune Masthead PNG Volume 29.png
Volume 29, Issue 2
Volume 29, Issue 2
Type Student Newspaper
Format Tabloid
Founder(s) Vincent Browne
Editor Jack Power
Deputy editor George Hannaford
Staff writers c. 150
Founded 1989
Language English, Irish
Headquarters John Henry Newman Building
City Dublin
Country Ireland
Circulation 6,000
Readership 28,000 print + 17,000 online
Free online archives Publication

The College Tribune is a student newspaper which serves Ireland's largest third level institution, University College Dublin. It was established in 1989[1] with the assistance of journalist and broadcaster Vincent Browne who was attending the university as an evening student at the time. Browne noted the campus' lack of a news outlet which was independent of both the university and University College Dublin Students' Union and alongside founding editor Eamon Dillon set up the Tribune to correct this. Initially, a close working relationship was maintained between the Tribune and the Sunday Tribune which was at the time edited by Browne. This relationship afforded the paper the use of professional production facilities in its fledgling years. Ultimately however, the student newspaper would long outlast its national weekly counterpart with the Sunday Tribune having ceased publication in 2011. The College Tribune is UCD's oldest surviving newspaper having been published continuously for over 25 years. The current editors of the 30th volume of the paper are Jack Power and George Hannaford.

Print Edition[edit]

The print edition is circulated to over 50 locations at the university's Belfield and Blackrock campuses fortnightly during semesters one and two each year. Throughout its history, the College Tribune has been printed in tabloid format. Issues are typically 32 pages in length with the paper proper occupying 20 pages with news, features, science and technology, business, politics and innovation, Irish and sport. The remaining 12 pages are a pull-out arts and culture supplement The Trib which covers music, film, fashion, arts, satire and entertainment. The Trib, previously The Siren, was introduced during Volume 20 and was later renamed for the paper's nickname.


Articles from the print edition and dedicated content are published on the paper's website, The current standalone website was launched in 2011, having previously been hosted with assistance from the university's computer science society on UCD's own website. As is the overall trend in journalism, the paper's focus is moving towards pushing for more online content while maintaining a balance with traditional print. Content is also shared through social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.


The Tribune is the only student newspaper in Ireland which operates independently of the authorities of the university in which it is published. To achieve this, the paper is supported entirely through advertising revenue which is raised by the editors of the day. Editors and section editors are unpaid volunteers with an interest in journalism who are drawn from the university community. While the Tribune engages with university and students' union authorities in order to represent students interests, they have no control over the content of the paper. Of the other three campus media outlets two, Belfield FM and UCDTV are student societies while the University Observer is published by the students' union.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Many journalists working both in Ireland and further afield can trace their roots back to the College Tribune. As UCD does not offer a dedicated journalism course at undergraduate or postgraduate level, many students cut their teeth by involving themselves in the campus' student newspapers. Previous editors who have gone on to make careers for themselves include Richard Oakley - editor of The Times Ireland, Conor Lally - crime correspondent for The Irish Times, Daniel McDonnell - soccer correspondent for the Irish Independent, Roddy O'Sullivan - deputy news editor of The Irish Times, Eamon Dillon - crime journalist with theSunday World, Jennifer Bray - political correspondent for the Irish Daily Mail, Sarah Binchy - radio producer at RTÉ Radio, Alan Caufield, editor of Metro, Colin Gleeson and Peter McGuire - freelance journalists, and brothers Gary and Fergus O'Shea, both now with The Sun

Other past contributors include Kate Hayes - TV producer for the BBC, Dave Kelly - chief sports analyst for the Irish Independent, Ruaidhri O'Connor - Rugby correspondent with the Irish Independent, Paul Lynch - author of Red Sky in Morning, Katherine Smyth - associate producer with BBC Current Affairs and Blathnaid Healy, UK editor at Mashable


The Tribune has been recognised on a number of occasions at the national student media awards, particularly in sports writing, of which the paper maintains a strong tradition. In addition to winning Student Newspaper of the Year at the 1996 USI & Irish Independent Media Awards, then editor Conor Lally was also awarded Student Journalist of the Year. 2003 saw Tribune stalwart Peter Lahiff win Diversity Writer of the Year at the Guardian Student Media Awards, to-date the only Irish based recipient of a Guardian award.


Volume Year Editors Notes
Volume 30 2016-2017 Jack Power & George Hannaford
Volume 29 2015-2016 Una Power & Seán O'Reilly
Volume 28 2014-2015 Rachel Carey & Lauren Tracey
Volume 27 2013-2014 Ronan Coveney & Amy Walsh Celebrated 25 years of continuous publication
Volume 26 2012-2013 Cathal O' Gara & James Grannell
Volume 25 2011-2012 Ryan Cullen With Conor McKenna for Ten Issues
Volume 24 2010-2011 Colman Hanley
Volume 23 2009-2010 Cathy Buckmaster & Philip Connolly
Volume 22 2008-2009 Jennifer Bray With Simon Ward for Eight Issues
Volume 21 2007-2008 Caitrina Cody
Volume 20 2006-2007 Colin Gleeson
Volume 19 2005-2006 Eoin MacAodha
Volume 18 2004-2005 Andrew McGuinness
Volume 17 2003-2004 Daniel McDonnell
Volume 16 2002-2003 Peter McGuire & Cormac Delaney
Volume 15 2001-2002 Eoghan Rice & Fergus O'Shea
Volume 14 2000-2001 Thomas Geoghegan & Bernard Cantillon
Volume 13 1999-2000 Alan Caulfield & Caroline Gibney
Volume 12 1998-1999 Sorcha Hamilton and Arnold Dillon
Volume 11 1997-1998 Peter Lahiff & Richard Oakley
Volume 10 1996-1997 Gary O'Shea With Keith Woods for Six Issues
Volume 9 1995-1996 Conor Lally
Volume 8 1994-1995 Alison Moore & Mary-Therese Jordan Extended term due to switch between calendar and academic years
Volume 7 1994 Emmet Oliver
Volume 6 1993-1994 Roddy O'Sullivan
Volume 5 1992-1993 Sarah Binchy
Volume 4 1991-1992 Michelle Thomas
Volume 3 1991 Michelle Thomas
Volume 2 1989-1990 Eamon Dillon
Volume 1 1988 Eamon Dillon


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