North East UK news Jeremy Vine backs bid to save Durham University's newspaper after funding axed MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Palatinate has been providing news to Durham University students for 72 years
Breaking News ! Famous faces have backed a petition from Durham University students to help save their newspaper after its printing budget was cut. Jeremy Vine is among some the hundreds of students and journalists signing a petition to help overturn the decision to cut the funding for Palatinate which was founded in 1948. Editors of the paper were told on Wednesday (September 9) by the students' union there was no budget for a print edition this term- just weeks before going to press. The money is also not confirmed for 2021 for the newspaper which publishes a free fortnightly edition each term, alongside its website and social media. Alumni Jeremy Vine, who hosts the BBC Radio 2 lunchtime programme, tweeted in support: "The student newspaper at Durham University has been printed for 72 years. Now the team have been told there is no budget for paper and ink. This is wrong, wrong, wrong." Read More Related Articles Woman in court after man left with 'number of stab wounds' after Seaham incident Read More Related Articles Sunderland pub closes 'until further notice' after customer tests positive for Covid-19 Joint editors Tash Mosheim and Imogen Usherwood have since launched a petition to help save their newspaper which has had nearly 500 signatures. Tash said: "As soon as we found out we challenged their decision. "For 72 years it has been published uninterrupted and we can't afford to lose it. "We are a reliable, unbiased and informative news source and we've continued to publish throughout lockdown to keep students updated in realtime. Jeremy Vine (Image: PA) "Everyone works so hard to deliver the best news possible.
. "We have 50 editors, writers, graphic designs, illustrators so over 100 people contributing different things. We write about issues that affect our students. "We've had a lot of support so hopefully, the decision will be overturned."
The paper produces about 2,500 to 3,000 copies each fortnight to 20,000 students, at a cost of about £4,000. Broadcasters like Jeremy Vine, George Alagiah and Cristinia Nicolotti Squires all learned the ropes at Palatinate. In a passionate piece published on Palatinate, the editors wrote: "Since lockdown began, Palatinate has continued to prove how vital it is to the student body. "From a breaking news feed about coronavirus back in March, to uncovering the plans for Unbound Education – which made national headlines – to providing clear and reliable information about how the University will operate this term, our journalism continues to serve a crucial function in holding the university to account. "Student journalism is important, especially in a time of constant uncertainty." The calls have also been supported by the Student Publication Association who say they are "disappointed" by the news. If you would like to sign the petition you can do so here. Durham University has been approached for comment.
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