Craccum is the largest student magazine in New Zealand, with a weekly distribution of 10,000 - 12,000 copies. It is anomalous as a publication because the position of editor is annually elected by the students' association.
The magazine has at times been controversial, with stories on how to shoplift, the drawbacks of various methods of committing suicide, drug use guides, recipes for illegal drugs and drug rape guides.Craccum is also a popular proving ground for New Zealand mainstream media, with many of its alumni moving on to publications such as The Listener, The New Zealand Herald, The National Business Review and Metro magazine.
In 1989 the publication was re-branded "Torso" for the final issues of that year, an event noted in the mainstream media. However the original name was re-established the following year.
Craccum is a member of the Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA). In 2007, Craccum won the award for Best Publication at the ASPA Awards for the first time. It was awarded runner-up for Best Small Publication in 2016 and runner-up for Best Publication in 2017.
The Craccum Editor has been elected annually since 1986. Before 1986, the Editor was appointed each year by the Craccum Administration Board. The election for Craccum Editor is held in the second semester, on the same ballot as the AUSA portfolio elections. Former Craccum Editor Tim Shadbolt (1972) is Mayor of Invercargill and former Mayor of Waitemata City. Mike Rann (1975) was Premier of South Australia 2002 to 2012.
2018 - Jasmin Singh and Helen Yeung (Feb to July), Caitlin Abley, Mark Fullerton and Samantha Gianotti (July to August), Andrew Winstanley (August to October)