Catalyst (magazine)

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Type student magazine
Format Magazine
Owner(s) RMIT University
Publisher RMIT University
Editor Claudia Long, Katie Coulthard, Nathan Brown
Founded 1944
Language English
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia

Catalyst is a student magazine published at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. The magazine is produced by the RMIT Student Union.

Catalyst is published six times a year and had a readership of approximately 58,000 in 2009[1] - up from 15,000 in 2004.[2] The implementation of voluntary student unionism in 2006 had a significant impact on the viability of student newspapers across Australia, compulsory student union membership fees having been the major source of income for most. Today, Catalyst's funding is drawn jointly from the university and advertising revenue.

Catalyst benefits from its proximity to the RMIT School of Media and Communication, which runs a highly regarded journalism program. In turn Catalyst alumni are active in the Australian media.

Notable former editors of Catalyst include journalists Dewi Cooke, Dan Harrison (both now with The Age), Patricia Karvelas of The Australian and Elizabeth Gallagher.[1][3]

The first edition of Catalyst, published by what was known then as the RMIT Students’ Representative Council (later RMIT Student Union) appeared on 18 May 1944. Editions have also appeared under the names Revolution Catalyst and The Unaustralian.

In 2014 Catalyst established it's podcast Cataclysm [4](released tri-weekly) with each episode centring around a theme. Previous podcast themes have included animals, the body and secrets. Each episode of Cataclysm also includes a series of regular segments alongside the themed feature stories.

Mid-2015 saw one of Cataclysm's popular segments 'Politics on the Couch' spawn a webseries collaboration between Catalyst and RMITV entitled 'Politics at the Belleville'.[5] The program is hosted by the same talent as the podcast segment and released every Friday afternoon.

Art of Shoplifting controversy

In 1995, Catalyst reprinted a controversial article from Rabelais Student Media, its La Trobe University counterpart, entitled The Art of Shoplifting – one of seven student newspapers to do so. Although the Rabelais editors responsible for the original article were prosecuted for ignoring the ban on its publication issued by the state's Chief Censor; the editors of the other seven newspapers were not targeted by the authorities. Charges against the Rabelais editors were later dropped.[6]

Recent editors

  • 2016: Claudia Long, Katie Coulthard and Nathan Brown
  • 2015: Rushani Epa, Richard Ferguson and Finbar O'Mallon
  • 2014: Broede Carmody, Allison Worrall and Alan Weedon
  • 2013: Andrei Ghoukassian, Dragana Mrkaja and Nathan Stanogias
  • 2012: Yolanda Redrup, David Swan and Cortney Bruch


  1. 1.0 1.1 Catalyst homepage Retrieved 2010-04-17 Archived October 29, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Ng, John (January 2007). "Catalyst advertising rates, release dates" (PDF). RMIT Student Union. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  3. "About The Age". Archived from the original on 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  4. Development, PodBean. "Cataclysm: The Catalyst Podcast". Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  5. "Politics at the Belleville #10 | Nauru,... - Catalyst Magazine | Facebook". Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  6. "The Rabelais Case". Burning Issues. 1999-08-21. Archived from the original on 2006-06-30. Retrieved 2007-08-16.