is the Durham University
student newspaper and is one of Britain's best-known student newspapers. It was named NUS
Student Newspaper of the Year in 2001. Notable former editors include George Alagiah
, Hunter Davies
, Piers Merchant
, Timothy Laurence
, Jeremy Vine
and Harold Evans
Palatinate is published by Durham Students' Union with editors who are elected on a termly basis. However it has always been editorially independent and historically it has often used this freedom to publish critical articles about the Students' Union. The paper reports on news about the university and prints on a fortnightly basis during term time. It also includes local news, comments, features and sports news. Its name derives from the colour Palatinate, a shade of purple associated with the university and derived from County Durham's political history as a County Palatine.
History of Palatinate
- The first issue of Palatinate 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.
- For three academic years from 2001 to 2004, Palatinate was published in broadsheet format. In October 2004 it reverted to its current tabloid format.
- In 2001, Palatinate was named the NUS/Independent Student Newspaper of the Year.
- In November 2003, reporter Oliver Brown was runner-up in 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 more advertising revenue.
- In 2005 the paper stopped receiving direct funding from Durham Students' Union, causing an increase the amount of advertising needed. The Students' Union still provides Palatinate with office space and computing facilities.
- In December 2007, a new Palatinate website was launched. The style and function is similar to the websites of The Guardian and The Times national newspapers.
- In June 2008, content from Palatinate newspaper was showcased in the inaugral issue of FS Magazine as an example of "the best of student journalism".