The Journal (student newspaper)

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The Journal
Type Fortnightly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) The Edinburgh Journal Ltd.
Editor Aftab Ali
Founded 2007
Political alignment None
Headquarters Holyrood Road, Edinburgh

The Journal is an independent, fortnightly, local newspaper produced by students at seven major higher and further education institutes in Edinburgh. It is distributed at a number of locations across the city's universities and colleges, as well as at bars and cafés throughout the Scottish capital.


The Journal was inaugurated in November 2007 as an independent newspaper aimed primarily at students attending seven higher education institutes in the city: the University of Edinburgh, Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh College of Art, Telford College and Stevenson College. The publication covers a variety of topics including local news and events, academic developments, national student news, and national politics, as well as university and professional sport across Edinburgh. It also includes sections of commentary and featured writing, alongside reviews of local arts events. The publication is independent of all its target institutions, and is not affiliated with their associated students' unions. The publication is funded through advertising sales and subscriptions.

The Journal prints and distributes 10,000 copies each fortnight throughout the academic year. Currently printed by Mortons of Horncastle in tabloid format, the publication was originally produced as a Berliner, making it the first and only UK student newspaper to have published issues in this size.


The paper is managed by a board of directors comprising three former staff members of the University of Edinburgh's newspaper, Student. A non-sabbatical editor oversees production, while a general manager administers advertising and arranges additional sources of funding. Five deputy editors are responsible for the various sections of the publication, while content is submitted by students attending institutions in Edinburgh as well as prominent local and national journalists, politicians and commentators. Past contributors include Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond,[1] two-time journalist of the year, Phillip Knightley,[2] and UN special investigator, Richard A. Falk.[3] The staff also includes a number of award-winning student journalists.[4]


Alongside the printed issue, The Journal provides a website to which content—including news updates, match reports and arts reviews—is added regularly. The website was relaunched in October 2008 with an improved design and additional features including an archive of the newspaper's past issues.


Since its inception in November 2007, The Journal has won two national awards and has received nominations for a total of eight honours.

NUS Scotland Awards 2012[edit]

Winner: Student Media Award

Winner: Journalist of the Year - Olivia Pires[5]

Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2012[edit]

Winner: Student Publication of the Year

Winner: Multimedia Publication of the Year

Winner: News Story of the Year - Alan Robertson

Winner: Scoop of the Year - Alan Robertson

Winner: Journalist of the Year - Alan Robertson[6]

The Herald Student Press Awards[edit]

Winner: Best New Media

Highly Commended: Best Newspaper[7]

The Guardian Student Media Awards[edit]

Winner: Publication Design of the Year[8]

Nominated: Student Newspaper of the Year

Nominated: Student Publication Design of the Year

Nominated: Student Reporter of the Year - Miles Johnson[9]

Scottish Magazine Awards[edit]

Periodical Publishers Association, Scotland

Nominated: Best Magazine, Small Publishing Company

Nominated: Editor of the Year, Consumer Magazine - Ben Judge[10]


The Journal is distributed alongside two existing student newspapers, both of which are distributed to single institutions: the University of Edinburgh's The Student and Napier University's Veritas.

At the University of Edinburgh, the publication was initially refused permission to distribute inside university buildings by the Edinburgh University Students' Association,[11] which cited concerns that the new publication may overlap editorially with the existing newspaper, The Student. However, following a large majority vote by students at the union's general meeting, February 2008, this decision was overturned.[12] The Journal currently enjoys full distribution rights across the University of Edinburgh, as well as at the four further target institutions.


  1. ^ Alex, Salmond (2008-10-22). "No Need to Panic". Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  2. ^ Knightley, Phillip (2007-11-05). "Knowing your enemy". Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  3. ^ Richard, Falk (2008-10-09). "9/11: More than meets the eye". Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  4. ^ Brook, Stephen (2007-10-17). "Edinburgh student freesheet to launch". London: Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  5. ^ "NUS Scotland Awards winners for 2012". NUS. 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Student Journalist Prize for Robertson". All Media Scotland. 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  7. ^ "Herald Student Press Awards". 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2009-01-01. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Guardian Student Media Awards Winners". London: 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  9. ^ "Guardian Student Media Awards 2008". London: 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  10. ^ "Scottish Magazine Awards, 2008" (PDF). PPA Scotland. 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  11. ^ "Student paper banned from campus". BBC News. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  12. ^ Clark, Sarah (2008-02-15). "The Journal secures distribution rights after EUSA AGM". Retrieved 2009-01-01. 

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