University Express is the official campus newspaper of University College Cork. With 13 issues per year, the Express comes out more often than any other college newspaper in Ireland, and keeps students up-to-date on news, features, sport & more across UCC’s many campuses. Originally a Students’ Union publication formed in 1972, the Express owes its origins to The Gazette. The paper was given increased editorial independence in 1997, with Fionnán Sheahan, the then-Students’ Union Publications Officer, launching the paper as the University Examiner. This name was chosen in part because of the paper’s working relationship at the time with the Irish Examiner. The publication would go through many names over the years, being called Campus Chronicle for one year in 2001, and the University Xpress, before moving to the name ‘UCC Express’ in 2004. Many might recall the final switch to the name ‘University Express’ in 2018 and there it has stayed ever since.
The Express is a regular at the annual Student Media Awards (also known as SMEDIAS), being nominated & shortlisted in almost every category over the years, last year winning the Newspaper of the Year Award. In the past the UCC Express has won the coveted People’s Choice Award & Newspaper of the Year, with recent success coming particularly in the Colour Writing category. Other Smedia winners include: Andree Heslin (2007 Features Writer of the Year in News and Current Affairs), Alan Good (2008 Journalist of the Year in National Press), Dan McClanahan (2008 Photographer of the Year), Robert Fehilly (2011 Travel Writer of the Year), Keavy O’Sullivan (2011 Colour Writer of the Year) and Stephen Barry (2013 and 2014 Sports Writer of the Year), Brian Conmy (2015 Colour Writer of the Year) and Robert O’Sullivan (2016 Colour Writer of the Year). Past staff members have also had success with other student publications, namely our sister publication Motley Magazine. In 2008 an important referendum was passed to create the Media Executive, an autonomous sub-committee of the SU. This referendum enshrined the paper’s editorial independence and meant that €2 from the capitation fee would go towards the funding of student media.
In the years following their many Express editors have gone on to achieve success in journalism with Sheahan being Irish Independent Editor, while Cathy O’Sullivan is Head of News for the New Zealand Herald, Adrian Russell is Editor of TheScore.ie and Mary Smithwick Political Editor of the Evening Echo. 2014 Editor Audrey Ellard Walsh was announced as a young journalist to watch out for in 2015 by Media Contact, within months of her term as Editor. While in normal times the Express would be distributed around campus every second Tuesday of term we have now moved to a digital platform until teaching returns physically to campus. University Express has a readership of around 10,000 and we are always open to new writers, photographers and illustrators. No experience is required, and we will do our utmost to provide any necessary advice, training and a forum for all UCC students. Email our Editor-in-Chief, Fiona Keeley, on firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
University Express is a Student Publication member of the Press Council of Ireland, and as such abides by its Code of Practice. If you feel like the publication has not followed this code in any way, you can contact us directly on email@example.com.