A national paper for students launched last week, produced by a company owned entirely by students, writes Jean Morgan.
The National Student, from Lincoln-based Defender Newspapers, is edited by Alex Walker, 20, and will appear monthly during term time.
It will be free at all universities and have a distribution of 250,000. There is also a website, www.national-student.co.uk.
The newspaper’s team is working closely with existing student newspapers and magazines to establish a news network and is using student writers from all over the country. Entirely independent, The National Student is funded through advertising revenue.
Walker said: “As far as we know, nobody has ever produced anything like this before. We are confident it will be a great success. Students need their own newspaper, now more than ever, with all that is going on in higher education. “
The April issue features an article by NUS national president Mandy Telford on government plans for higher education and an investigation into under-representation of black students at Cambridge. The newspaper pays up to £50 for articles and photographs.
Defender Newspapers first found success with The Defender, an independent paper for students at the University of Lincoln, where many of the team are currently studying.