Palatinate (newspaper)

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Coordinates: 54°46′24″N 1°34′18″W / 54.77333°N 1.57167°W / 54.77333; -1.57167

Palatinate Issue 757 5 Dec 2013.png
Front page from 5 December 2013
Type Fortnightly newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Durham Students' Union
Publisher Durham Students' Union
Editor Adam Cunnane and Eugene Smith
Founded 1948
Headquarters Dunelm House, Durham

Palatinate is the official student newspaper of Durham University and is one of Britain's oldest student publications, having published its first edition on 13 March 1948[1] and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008.[2][3] The paper was named NUS/Independent Student Newspaper of the Year in 2001.[4][5][6]

The name of the newspaper derives from the colour Palatinate, a shade of purple closely associated with the university and derived from County Durham's political history as a County Palatine.

Palatinate is published on a fortnightly basis during term time, and its editors-in-chief are elected on a per-term basis.Durham Students Union pays for the publication of Palatinate. The paper reports news about Durham University, its sporting activities and individuals connected with the university, plus arts coverage, and a variety of features and a comment section. Since 2004, Palatinate has been freely available and is now distributed to a variety of locations across the main university campus.[citation needed] Also, since 2007, the publication has been made available online.[citation needed] Queen's Campus in Stockton-on-Tees also receives copies. Each edition is also printed in full colour.


Beginnings and growth (1946–2004)[edit]

The first issue of the student newspaper was published in 1948. In 1999, Palatinate was named runner-up in the Student Newspaper of the Year category of the Guardian Student Media Awards.[7]

From 2001 through 2004, which was three academic years, Palatinate was published in broadsheet format, later reverting to the current tabloid format.[citation needed] During those three years, in 2001, Palatinate was named the NUS/The Independent Student Newspaper of the Year.[4][5][6] Later, in 2003, reporter Oliver Brown was runner-up for the Best Student Reporter category of the NUS National Student Media Awards.[8]

In January 2004, Palatinate became a free publication. This was achieved by greatly increasing circulation, which drew along more advertising revenue. In October of the same year, the paper changed from the newer broadsheet to a brand new tabloid format, with the changes being overseen by Tim Roach and Christopher Lamb.[citation needed]

Changes and expansion (2005–2015)[edit]

In 2005, under Lamb's editorship, the paper stopped receiving direct funding from the Students' Union, resulting in an increase of advertising needed. The Students' Union, however, still provides Palatinate with office space and computing facilities. Later, in 2007, the Palatinate received a brand new website. The style and function of the website is similar to that of the The Guardian and the The Time national newspapers.

In June 2008, content from Palatinate was showcased in the inaugural issue of FS magazine as an example of "the best of student journalism." In November of the same year, under co-editorship of Maz Farookhi and Emily Purser, Palatinate launched Indigo, an arts and features pull-out supplement. The newspaper also upgraded to an unusually thick, sheer white paper type for printing purposes and celebrated its 700th edition. In June 2009, under the editorship of James Thompson, Palatinate launched a new Careers section geared towards helping students navigate through the graduate job market.[citation needed] The newspaper also underwent a slight re-design. Then, in January 2010, under the co-editorship of Liza Miller and Vincent McAviney, Indigo was relaunched, a new sports supplement titled "The Locker Room" was launched, and the main paper was upgraded from tabloid to Berliner size.[citation needed] Later, in October, under the co-editorship of Ally Bacon and Matt Richardson, a new approach, PalatinateTV was launched.[citation needed]

Later, in March 2013, under the co-editorship of Harriet Line and Florence Snead, a Science and Technology section was launched online and printed in the bumper 750th Celebratory Edition. Also, Indigo was redesigned by Indigo editors Robin Marshall and Justina Crabtree, to a three-column format (instead of the traditional five) with a more artistic appearance. About a little more than a year and a half later, under the co-editorship of Christopher Somers and Tom Fenton, Palatinate launched a Profile section. Since December 2014, journalists from the newspaper have interviewed people such as Natalie Bennett, The Ting Tings, David Blunkett, Edwina Currie, Moazzam Begg, Owen Jones, Esther Rantzen and Norman Baker.[citation needed]

Most recently, in November 2015, under co-editorship of Henry Clare and Josh Smith, the newer Palatinate website received a newer and slicker, more friendly interface, and the digitisation of each Palatinate issue was arranged.[citation needed]

Notable Editors-in-Chief[edit]

Notable former Editors-in-Chief of Palatinate include George Alagiah,[2] Hunter Davies,[9] Piers Merchant, Judith Hann,[10] Timothy Laurence,[11] Jeremy Vine,[2][12] Tim Burt[13][14] and Harold Evans.[2]


  1. ^ "Palatinate". Special Collections. Durham University. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Future of student paper at risk". The Northern Echo. 7 June 2005. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  3. ^ Andrew, Pierce (15 June 2005). "Pressing Problem". The Times. People with Andrew Pierce. UK. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Sargeson, Nikki (20 October 2001). "Student journalists honoured". Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  5. ^ a b Hodges, Lucy (28 October 2001). "Durham wins award for best student paper". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 28 August 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b Hodges, Lucy (1 November 2001). "Education: Did they have some news for us?". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 28 August 2007. [dead link]
  7. ^ Carvel, John (26 October 1999). "Talent, flair and a new voice". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "York Vision does the double". 25 November 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  9. ^ McGlone, Jackie (20 August 2006). "A life in the day of Hunter Davies". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 28 August 2007. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Administrator, journallive (2009-06-24). "Durham University honorary degree for Judith Hann". journallive. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 
  11. ^ Qualtrough, Stuart (23 May 1999). "People's Prince Will's may go to Durham University". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 28 August 2007. 
  12. ^ Interview in which Vine's time at Palatinate is remembered[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Tim Burt today Archived 27 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Tim Burt at Teneo Archived 22 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ a b O'Conor, Lottie (19 March 2014). "10 minutes with: News editor Cristina Nicolotti Squires". The Guardian. 
  16. ^ Sale, Jonathan (23 October 2011). "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of broadcaster Jeremy Vine". The Independent. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Issue 33". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Journalist Sir Harold Evans gives lecture". Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  19. ^ Evans, Harold (2009). My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times. Hachette. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Issue 29". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  21. ^ "Issue 27". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "Issue 21". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  23. ^ "Issue 17". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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