Redbrick (newspaper)

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Redbrick Paper
Redbrick Newspaper Logo.png
Type Fortnightly student newspaper (during term time)
Format 40 pages Tabloid[1]
Owner(s) University of Birmingham Guild of Students
Editor William Baxter[2]
Associate editor Holly Carter, Kirstie Sutherland, Harry Wilkinson, Joe Ryan and Alex McDonald[2]
Founded February 5th 1936 as Guild News
Political alignment Neutral
Language English
Headquarters University of Birmingham Guild of Students, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2TU
Circulation 1000 fortnightly (during term-time)

Redbrick is the student newspaper of the University of Birmingham. Originally titled Guild News, the newspaper was renamed Redbrick in 1962. As with most student newspapers Redbrick is not fully independent due to funding arrangements, but is editorially independent as is set out in its charter.

Redbrick is written, photographed, edited and published entirely by University students, and is run not for profit, funded by both advertising revenue and the Guild of Students. It consists of News, Comment, Culture, Music, Life & Style, Television, Film, Food, Travel, Science & Technology, Gaming, and Sport sections. A sport supplement titled The Lion was published biannually until 2014.

The newspaper is produced fortnightly during term time, with the exception of the summer semester as publication halts during exam season. The newspaper celebrated its 75th birthday in February 2011. The paper is distributed free around campus and the local area every Friday of publication week.

Redbrick's website - has grown significantly following a redesign in early 2011. Since then it has won the Guardian Student Media Award for 'Website of the Year' 2011 and it receives over 6,000 unique visitors every week, meaning it has now overtaken the print edition in terms of readership.[citation needed]


Redbrick is one of the oldest student newspapers in the United Kingdom. First published as Guild News on 5 February 1936, its current name dates to 1962. One of two student publications at the university, the other being SATNAV (Science and Technology News and Views), the paper was originally published alongside the student magazine The Mermaid; this ceased publication.

The newspaper continued to publish throughout the Second World War. The first issue after its declaration featured on its front page an article on the potential difference between The Great War, and the war with Germany in which the country had just become involved.

In summer 1972, just after the Gay Liberation Front yearly conference, a conference with different venues each year held that year in Birmingham, in the Guild of Students, Redbrick published a controversial article titled 'Who's a Wanker?', which described practical aspects of homosexuality, a highly controversial matter then. The issue ran out and had to be reprinted. Simultaneously, it was reported to the Press Council because of that article, and it was subsequently withdrawn.[3]

Over the years, Redbrick has covered everything from visits by Prime Ministers, controversial politicians and even Malcolm X. The paper has featured many exposés, reports from behind the Iron Curtain, the 1968 student sit-ins and from behind the scenes at the BBC's first ever Prime Ministerial debate.

Perhaps Redbrick's most successful day so far was its coverage of the 2011 England riots in Birmingham. Redbrick ran a live feed covering the events in Birmingham as they happened, including photography, commentary and a selection of tweets, which attracted over 100,000 visitors in the space of a few hours.[4] Redbrick continued to do this into the second and third days of rioting, and received national recognition for its coverage.

The society has won recognition from various student bodies. In 2005, Redbrick won the most improved society award; following this in 2010 the newspaper won the Guild of Students Most Outstanding Society of the year award.[citation needed] In the same year it won the Outstanding Contribution to Sport award from the University. As previously mentioned, in November 2011, Redbrick also won the Guardian Student Media award for 'Website of the Year'.[5] In 2015, the Sport section of the newspaper was commended for its coverage, winning the Student Publication Association's 'Best University Sports Coverage' award.[6]

In 2014, a funding shortfall caused the newspaper to reduce its publishing frequency from weekly to fortnightly, and its circulation from 3000 per week to 1500 per fortnight.[7]

Editorial team[edit]

Redbrick appoints its core editorial team for the coming academic year via simple majority at an annual general meeting in the summer semester.

Redbrick now encompasses a large team, including writers, editors, designers and managers.


It is closely linked to the other media groups at the Guild of Students:, Guild Television (GTV) and PhotoSoc.

Many former editors have gone on to work for national publications, the most notable being former Reviews Editor Lizo Mzimba who left in 1992.


  1. ^ "Redbrick". Guild of Students. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Contact the Team". Redbrick. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Packham, Emma; Sparkes, Ed (2010). "History of the University of Birmingham Guild of Students" (PDF). Retrieved 24 November 2013. Following the Guild’s hosting of the Gay Liberation Front Annual Conference, Redbrick prints a controversial article entitled ‘Who’s a Wanker?’ describing the practical aspects of homosexuality. The article was reprinted due to high demand, but was eventually withdrawn by the Press Council 
  4. ^ Marshall, Sarah. "Opinion: Birmingham students outshine Mail and Post in riot coverage". Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Student Media awards 2011 Winners". Student Media awards 2011 Winners. The Guardian. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Phillips, James. "Redbrick awarded Best University Sports Coverage". Redbrick. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Phillips, James. "Editorial: It's been a turbulent year for Redbrick but I'll miss it". Redbrick. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 

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