The Galleon, formerly Pugwash News, is the University of Portsmouth’s official fortnightly newspaper. Full of the latest news, sports, reviews, opinion and gossip.
Pugwash News was founded in the 2007 academic year by the sabbatical officer responsible for media at the time, Alex Harries, and a student volunteer, Jacob Leverett. The newspaper gets its name from our sister publication, Pugwash magazine. The name referred to Portsmouth University guild of writers and student hacks, rather than any popular 90’s cartoon.
Starting off as a 12 page black and white publication in its first year, the paper went to colour and sixteen pages in 2008 and remained so until the 2010 academic year. In 2011 the paper went from 16 to 24 pages and saw the launch of our fully functional website.
Other events led to issue 25 being distributed without a front page after an article about university renumeration was pulled, rather unfortunately, after it had gone to print, and the newspaper’s milestone 50th issue.
The newspaper changed it’s name in February 2012 to The Galleon. A new website, design and brand was launched and the paper was modernised and made more professional.
Past members have gone on to different roles in journalism including PR roles, reporters on national and local newspapers, magazines, specialist journalism and photo agencies, as well as some moving on to roles at the NUS and staff and sabbatical positions at the Students’ Union.
The newspaper consists of five main sections each with their own editor and a deputy editor: news, opinion, features, arts & entertainment and sport. Additionally the downtime section consists of puzzles and competitions.
The Galleon team consists of an elected student committee who meet every week and organise and run the newspaper. The committee consists of: Editor, Deputy Editor, Picture Editor, Online Editor, Copy Editor, Marketing & Distribution Manager, News Editor, Opinion Editor, Features Editor, Arts & Entertainment Editor and Sport Editor.
For more information about the current team and previous teams, view our meet the team page