The College Tribune is an independent student newspaper based in University College Dublin.
Established in 1989 by one of Ireland’s best known print and broadcast journalists, Vincent Browne, it is UCD’s oldest surviving newspaper. Currently in its 29th Volume, the paper is edited by Una Power and Seán O’Reilly.
The various sections throughout the paper include news, sport, features, opinion, music, books, film, health and fashion. Volume 20 saw the introduction of a full colour entertainment supplement, The Siren.
The College Tribune is UCD’s only independent newspaper and has a proud tradition in college journalism. Unlike most Irish student newspapers, the Tribune receives no funding from the Students’ Union. The Tribune survives purely on advertising revenue.
It has produced a number of high-profile journalists that can be seen in the national media today. Previous editors include Conor Lally, crime correspondent for The Irish Times, The Sunday Times journalist Richard Oakley, Irish Independent soccer correspondent Daniel McDonnell, Roddy O’Sullivan deputy news editor of The Irish Times, Paul Lynch, film critic of the Sunday Tribune, Emmet Oliver, Deputy Business Editor of the Irish Independent, brothers Gary and Fergus O’Shea, both now in The Sun, who were editors in 1996–97 and 2001–02 respectively and ex- Sunday Tribune reporter Eoghan Rice [who subsequently joined the Football Association of Ireland as a press officer.
Other past contributors include Dave Kelly, now chief sports analysis writer with the Irish Independent, and Katherine Smyth, a former associate producer with BBC Current Affairs.
The College Tribune was tied to the national Sunday Tribune through its connections with Vincent Browne, but such links ended in 1999. The Tribune has also been distinguished on several occasions at national student media awards, particularly in sports writing, where it has a strong tradition. The paper won the Student Newspaper of the Year at the first USI/Irish Independent media awards in 1996. Editor at the time Conor Lally was also named as Student Journalist of the Year in 1996. Tribune stalwart Peter Lahiff was a recipient of a Guardian Award for Diversity in 2003.
The Tribune is famous for the launch of the satirical page The Evil Gerald, a “paper within a paper”. The Gerald was succeeded by The Turbine in 2003, and they have featured such satirical stories as the Provisional IRA dropping its pursuit of a United Ireland in favour of occupation of the Isle of Man, and Osama bin Laden stealing the Magic Door from Bosco, which allowed him access to anywhere in the world.
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