The Ripple (newspaper)

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The Ripple
Logo of the Ripple newspaper
Type Fortnightly newspaper
Owner(s) University of Leicester Students' Union
Editor Samuel Osborne
Founded 10 December 1957
Circulation 10,000[citation needed]
Official website the-ripple.co.uk

The Ripple is the student newspaper at the University of Leicester, England. The fortnightly free newspaper editions has a potential readership of around 10,000 students. The Ripple currently features a diverse range of content.

The Ripple has featured a wide range of interviews with high-profile people throughout its history, from Robert Mugabe and Yasser Arafat[1] to more recent public figures such as Aaron Porter, Peter Soulsby and Kasabian.

The Editor, currently Samuel Osborne, is internally elected by members of the Ripple, and is tasked with gathering and editing content for copy online and in print, as well as leading the large staff of editors and journalists the Ripple attracts each year. These changes could best be summarised as creating separate roles of 'proprietor' and 'editor', with the president as the former and the Editor as the latter (although the University of Leicester Students' Union still remains the proprietor of the Ripple).

History[edit]

The Ripple was founded by Malcolm Bradbury under its original name The Wave.[2] Past editors include Brian Abbs (1957–58), Richard Swann (1971–72), Marc Heal (1983–84), Andrew Biswell (1993–94) and Aaron Porter (2005–06).

In October 2012, The Ripple launched a website for the first time, providing daily news updates and other content in addition to the print editions published each term.

In May 2013, students at the University of Leicester elected current President Christopher Everett as the first ever President of The Ripple. The newly created role of President was designed so that the future editor would no longer be concerned with both content and the day-to-day running of the publication, and is tasked with undertaking responsibilities such as developing strategic goals for the Ripple, organising and leading the Ripple executive, communicating with the Students' Union, ensuring funding and distribution for the Ripple, and organising extra-publicatory activities for the Ripple's members.

In the news[edit]

In early 2006, the BBC revealed that the word "moony" was first used in print by the Ripple as part of the slang used during the 1987 RAG week, and led to the Oxford English Dictionary attributing the paper as the source of the word.[3] This was then followed by a feature on The Ripple as part of the BBC show Balderdash and Piffle, screened on Easter Sunday, 16 April 2006.[4]

The Ripple received national press attention again in November 2006 after speaking out against an attempt by the National Union Of Students to restrict sales of a number of lad mags in the students' union shop.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A trip through The Ripple archives, The Ripple, January 2013
  2. ^ Professor Sir Malcolm Bradbury CBE, Obituary, University of Leicester Bulletin, February 2001
  3. ^ Moony (n), OED Online, draft entry revised April 2008
  4. ^ Bare Faced Cheek Could Land University in Oxford English Dictionary, University of Leicester press release, April 2006
  5. ^ NUS attacks lads' mags, The Guardian, 13 November 2006

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