2011-present The paper today

The 2011 elections saw Simon Murphy crowned the next Courier editor. Murphy won numerous prizes, at the Union's student media awards and at the Guardian's national version, but ultimately was too successful for The Courier. Having been awarded the prestigious Scott Trust Bursary to study an journalism Master's at City University, Murphy made the difficult … Continue reading 2011-present The paper today


2008-11 Becoming a broadsheet

Sam Parker's election as editor in 2008 marked a major change of direction for The Courier. After fifty years as predominantly a tabloid, and over a decade of an explicitly tabloid-esque design, the paper suddenly took on the appearance of a broadsheet in all but size. A new masthead and more restrained use of colour … Continue reading 2008-11 Becoming a broadsheet

2003-08 The growth of culture

Improvements in computer technology and falling print costs allowed many student papers to launch culture supplements in the 1990s and early 2000s. In The Courier's case this came in the form of Pulp, an A5-sized glossy magazine. The Courier's arts and music sections were shifted over to the magazine and joined by a new film … Continue reading 2003-08 The growth of culture

1993-2003 The tabloid years

The Courier was redesigned and expanded to 16 pages when Simon Bird (not the actor) was elected editor in 1993. Alongside a more aggressive and tabloid-style news section, the new-look red-top paper boasted a four-page culture pullout called “Preview”. By the end of the year sales were up 25%. The paper began to take a … Continue reading 1993-2003 The tabloid years

1972-75 Conflict and takeover

Grey's Column and Geordie's Marra were briefly resurrected in 1972, and continued to make occasional appearances in the paper, as did topless pictures, but the Courier increasingly became a campaigning newspaper, with special editions printed to support student demonstrations against Government cuts to higher education. Attempts at censorship, and a general lack of cooperation, further … Continue reading 1972-75 Conflict and takeover

1969-72 Problems, Prebble and porn

Rising printing costs forced the Courier to revert to eight pages in 1969, and for several years the paper suffered from staffing shortages. While it had always been difficult to find enough volunteers to maintain a high quality paper, the problem worsened in the early 70s, with the paper left without an editor at the … Continue reading 1969-72 Problems, Prebble and porn

1955-62 Changing directions

In 1955 the handover between editors was brought forward from summer to Easter, so that the outgoing editor could concentrate on their exams. It was also around this time that Monica Doughty joined the Courier as a permanent secretary, helping to provide stability to the paper during the frequent changes to the editorial team. Doughty … Continue reading 1955-62 Changing directions