Front page from 5 December 2013
|Owner(s)||Durham Students' Union|
|Publisher||Durham Students' Union|
|Editor||Ryan Gould & Adam Cunnane|
|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 and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008. The paper was named NUS/Independent Student Newspaper of the Year in 2001.
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, and the paper is one of its many Student Groups, meaning it is independent of University governance. The paper reports news about Durham University and its sporting activities in addition to publishing local news, 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. Also, since 2007, the publication has been made available online. Queen's Campus in Stockton-on-Tees also receives copies. Each edition is also printed in full colour.
From 2001 through 2004, which was three academic years, Palatinate was published in broadsheet format, later reverting to the current tabloid format. During those three years, in 2001, Palatinate was named the NUS/The Independent Student Newspaper of the Year. Later, in 2003, reporter Oliver Brown was runner-up for the Best Student Reporter category of the NUS National Student Media Awards.
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.
Major Changes (2005–2007)
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. 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. Later, in October, under the co-editorship of Ally Bacon and Matt Richardson, a new approach, PalatinateTV was launched.
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.
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.
Notable former Editors-in-Chief of Palatinate include George Alagiah, Hunter Davies, Piers Merchant, Judith Hann, Timothy Laurence, Jeremy Vine, Tim Burt and Harold Evans.
- Easter Term 1987: Cristina Nicolotti Squires
- Epiphany Term 1987: Cristina Nicolotti Squires
- Epiphany Term 1986: Jeremy Vine
- Michaelmas 1951: D. A. Reeder
- Epiphany 1951: H. M. Evans
- Michaelmas 1950: Derek Harrison
- Easter 1950: Derek Harrison
- Epiphany 1950: E. K. T. Coles
- Michaelmas 1949: E. K. T. Coles
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