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Epigram celebrates 25 years of student journalism

Press release issued: 7 March 2014

Epigram, the University of Bristol’s independent student-run paper, celebrates its 25th Anniversary on 7 March with an eight page supplement reflecting on the last quarter of a century.

From the first edition, created on just one computer in 1989, the newspaper has been a leader among its peers. Epigram was the first student newspaper in Europe to go online and the first student newspaper in the country to be printed in colour.

James Landale, the BBC’s Deputy Political Editor, was the first editor of Epigram.  His original editorial will be reprinted in the celebratory issue alongside his present day comment.

The silver edition will also include contributions from 11 past editors, many of whom now work across a variety of UK media outlets.

Susanna Reid, BBC Breakfast presenter, is possibly one of the more famous past editors, especially since her recent appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Other alumni of the paper include Krissi Murison, former editor of NME and current associate editor of the Sunday Times, who started her career as the music editor of the Epigram; Michael Shaw, Director of TES Pro and former Deputy Editor of the TES, and Peter Hyman, who was Tony Blair’s chief speech writer.

The current Epigram team totals 62. Every fortnight the paper publishes a print run of 5,000 copies comprised of 56 pages and 13 sections. The readership is estimated at 12,500.

The paper aims to produce relevant student journalism, and its stories over the years have had real impact on student life.

Current editor Josephine Franks said: “Epigram is an integral part of Bristol University life and a unique platform for students. Although it evolves with each new team, the core values remain the same: to voice students’ concerns, to interest and entertain readers and to encourage them to engage in university life.

“In Epigram’s 25th year, we wanted to celebrate these values and the successes they have engendered. Here’s to another 25 years of inspirational writers, engaged readers and the power of the student voice.”

To celebrate the silver anniversary, Epigram will be hosting a black tie and burgundy themed gala ball on Friday 7 March, at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

Guests will include George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol and James Landale, as well as former editors of Epigram and other media alumni of the University.

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