Ten years of The National Student
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It’s mad to think we have been producing The National Student for ten years! When we first put out an issue there was no Facebook (in fact Myspace was just kicking off), Tony Blair was Prime Minister and the Arctic Monkeys were three years off releasing their debut album. In April 2003, we sent out 5,000 copies of the first test issue of our independent, national student newspaper to students unions and uni departments across the country. The response was positive, but we hit some barriers with student politicians not wanting an uncontrolled, independent student news source on their campus. We found a friend in the private accommodation companies who granted us distribution permission and by February 2004 we were printing 100,000 copies every month. Many SUs eventually discovered what they were missing and let their students read us. In 2013, we have gone through many changes. First being a newspaper with a magazine supplement, to being a magazine to embracing the newest technology and looking at all forms of digital publishing. If there is one thing I am most proud of it is the platform we have offered to student journalists to forward their careers. We now have over 700 student writers on the books, and our past contributors have gone on to work for the likes of The Guardian, NME, Music Week, Men’s Health, Front Magazine and the BBC. We also have authors, film-makers, radio-presenters and photographers who have gained more skills through working for us.
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