20th February 2002




Students at the University of Lincoln are celebrating the publication of a campus newspaper which has just rolled off the press.


The free fortnightly newspaper, ‘The Defender’, is the creation of first-year student Nick May and a team of 12 Journalism students. 


Nick, 35 from Nottingham, arrived at the Lincoln campus last September with plans to write for the university newspaper.  “I always assumed there would be a student paper so finding that there wasn’t one I immediately set about creating ‘The Defender’,” said Nick.


‘The Defender’ was created entirely on the students’ own initiative and after months of hard work they are thrilled to see their work finally in print.


“The team is extremely dedicated and enthusiastic,” said Nick.  “We were very excited about the launch and I even went down to the Newark Advertiser to see the newspaper being printed that morning.”


The newspaper contains hard news and aims to be slightly controversial and provocative.  “It will hopefully interest both staff and students and we welcome anyone who wishes to write articles and put their views and ideas across.”


The first edition was produced thanks to funds from local businesses such as the Marina Health club and Trayers Bookshop advertising in the newspaper.


“There has been a huge staff and student response since it came out,” said Nick.  I am now looking forward to seeing the next issue which is out in two weeks.”


“It is essential today that students gain practical experience outside of academic study,” said a university spokesman.  “The team behind the newspaper have developed a number of skills including writing and team working and are giving present and future students the opportunity to do the same.”




For more information contact: Anna Godley, Press Assistant

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

Email: agodley@lincoln.ac.uk

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