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About us

Cherwell is Oxford’s oldest student newspaper and one of the UK’s oldest student publications. Founded in 1920, we have been independent for more than a century and continue to steer our own path. Fortnightly print editions are sent to every College JCR and University office during term time. 

Among our notable alumni are Evelyn Waugh, Cecil Day-Lewis, Graham Greene, and W. H. Auden; more recently, Christina Lamb, Evan Davis, Peter Preston, and other well-respected media leaders have passed through our doors. Whether you hope to be the next star journalist or simply want a fun way to gain experience, you will be joining a proud legacy of student publishing and a wonderful community of like-minded peers. To read more about our history, click here.

Cherwell is published by Oxford Student Publications Limited, a student-run publishing house based in Oxford. OSPL, as a company, supports us in legal, financial, and archival matters; to get in touch, email Nelson Fernandes Serrao at [email protected].

Editorial staff

We open all staff roles for applications at the end of every term. Two Editors-in-Chief are appointed to lead the paper for a full term, and six Deputy Editors are chosen to oversee sections, manage community outreach projects, and support Section Editors. Deputy Editors and Editors-in-Chief make up our senior editorial team, who make executive decisions together collaboratively.

Each section is usually made up of between two and five Section Editors and Deputy Section Editors, who are responsible for commissioning articles, editing, coordinating with writers, and laying in the physical paper with the support of Deputy Editors. Section Editors and Deputy Section Editors have similar responsibilities and tasks, but Deputy Section Editors are usually newer to student journalism and receive more support.

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Applications to join Cherwell’s editorial staff in 7th week of every term. Keep an eye on this page for more updates. To apply to join Cherwell, you will need to complete an application form and attend a short, informal interview with members of the senior editorial team. 

Applications for Deputy Editors also open in 7th week of term. If you are applying for Deputy Editor, you will also be asked about your ideas for projects, your knowledge of the paper and its processes, and your ability to lead. OSPL Board Members will be present at Deputy Editor interviews.

We recommend looking through our website and checking out a physical copy of the paper before applying; let us know if we can help in any way by emailing [email protected]!

Find out how you can write for Cherwell here.