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Type Student newspaper
Format Magazine
Owner(s) Rivcoll Union Inc.
Editor-in-chief Will Whiting
Founded 1989
Language English
Headquarters Wagga Wagga Australia
Circulation 2,000 (print)
Website Rivcoll SRC website

Hungappa is a student newspaper published at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia. The magazine, established in 1989 was produced by Rivcoll Union Inc, and is now managed by the Rivcoll Student Representative Committee. The current editor, appointed by the SRC's elected committee, is Will Whiting.


Charles Sturt University was formed from the merger of a number of higher education campuses in the city of Wagga Wagga. Hungappa was first published on the Wagga Wagga campus of the University in 1989[1] with its name meaning 'to spread the word' in the local Aboriginal tribe, the Wiradjuri's language.

The new and re-vamped "Hungappa" was the brainchild of Anita Craw, who developed a weekly black and white A4 newsletter entitled "RU News". [RU standing for Rivcoll Union] The newsletter was originally intended to spread sporting results and club activities and events to the members of the Rivcoll Union and its members - who were, by virtue of universal student unionism, the students of Charles Sturt University, Wagga Campus.. However, in 2003, the growing popularity of a column titled "Bar Fly" allowed the newsletter to flourish as a popular weekly publication throughout the campus.

At this stage, "Hungappa" was a glossy publication compiled approximately each semester as a collation of the union (and hence students') activities throughout the semester. Towards the end of Anita's term as editor the decision was made to merge the Hungappa with the RU News. This decision was implemented shortly after her term as editor.

As the job of editor fell to the Vice President of Rivcoll Student Association, Stephen Boxwell assumed the position of editor in 2004. He changed the face of Hungappa to an A3 size proof (folded through the middle) with articles and club reports that was typically around 20 A4 size pages in length. The weekly print run was approximately 300 with an estimated read-on rate of 4-5 readers per copy. Stephen, in changing the face of the publication, also changed the name to "Graphorrhea" after holding a naming competition. Sharron Sharrock worked in the role of layout and graphics for the publication. At the end of 2004, the decision was made to revert to the name "Hungappa" for the weekly publication.

In 2007, Hungappa went online with its own website, and two 'baby' publications began production: the 'Ressies Hungappa' (for residential students of CSU Wagga) and 'The DEN', for the Distance Education students of CSU.

In 2011 the paper developed a design focus, transitioning into a more professional product. New regular features were added such as "News Review" and "Fungappa". The second phase of the 2011 redesign included rebranding Rivcoll SRC, relaunching, and introducing new mobile apps. The notion of having feature articles written specifically for the paper was also developed and encouraged with changes to the Rivcoll Publications Policy to benefit writers of articles.

Previous Editors of 'RU News' and new 'Hungappa'[edit]

Name Year/s as editor
Anita Craw
Stephen Boxwell 2004
Heidi Varis 2004
Natasha Roussell 2005
Anita Craw 2005
Heidi Varis 2006
Alex (AJ) De Ville 2007
Heidi Varis 2008
Alex (AJ) De Ville 2008
Emily Dibben 2008
Ryan Darnley 2008
Jack Carpenter 2009
Ryan Darnley 2009
Timothy Seton 2009-2010
Daniel Walkington 2010
Edward Kindred 2011
Will Whiting 2012 -


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