by The Poor Print Team

The blooms at the start of spring may be met with an eclipsing moon, or midnight rolling into view. They are reminders of significant times, both good and bad. For us at The Poor Print, Anniversary marks the 50th issue of our humble corner of Oriel life.

Along with the bright blooming colours on the first page, we thought it would be appropriate to note the changes this paper has undergone on its path to this milestone.


In Hilary 2013, Niamh Alice and Katie Ebner-Landy decided to start a newspaper in college, written by the students for the students. After a term of sourcing, writing, editing and (finally) printing… The Poor Print was born!

We began in a style very different to the paper today, releasing a magazine-style colour edition once a term. Of course, our faithful lion has remained unchanged…


After a year’s interregnum, The Poor Print returned in Michaelmas 2014 in a new format, releasing online at, where you can still find us today. We were only a termly paper at this point, and we were only online!


In Michaelmas 2015, in addition to the online paper, we began our now familiar pattern of releasing a print edition once a fortnight during term.

To 2020, and beyond

The Poor Print is now remarkably different to what it was before; maybe closer to the style of a newspaper than a magazine. Whatever you may call it, we hope that this evolution will continue on. You can still find old issues on the bottom floor of the library, as well as the archive section of the website. It is a part of Oriel of which we are proud.

The one thing that has remained constant throughout has been the the writers, artists, musicians – the Orielenses – who have kept this all going. We would also like to thank the college and the Deans for their continued support, and we would like to thank our editing ancestors! They are the ones who took us in as young freshers and trained us in the art of making sure that the line marking the border was just the right length. (Editing is an exercise in pedantry more than anything else.)

Most of all, we would like to thank all of you, who read and contribute to the paper on a regular basis. The imagination that still lives in this unchanging and ancient college is a pleasure to see, and we hope that The Poor Print will continue to express it for many marked anniversaries to come.

The Poor Print

Established in 2013, The Poor Print is the student-run newspaper of Oriel College, Oxford. Written by members of the JCR, MCR, SCR and staff, new issues are published fortnightly during term. Our current Executive Editors are Siddiq Islam and Jerric Chong.

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