The Boar

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The Boar
Type Fortnightly newspaper with online counterpart
Format Compact
Editor Cameron Clarke and Clara Paniago
Founded October 1973
Language English
Headquarters University of Warwick Students' Union HQ, Coventry, England

The Boar is the student newspaper of the University of Warwick. Founded in 1973, the paper is published fortnightly during term time but the website is continually updated. Whilst a society of the Union, the paper is editorially independent. It consists of news, opinion, arts, reviews and lifestyle.

Contribution to the Boar is entirely voluntary and none of the approximately 40 editorial staff are paid. Furthermore, the paper does not receive any budget from the Students' Union and therefore relies entirely on self-generated advertising revenue to keep afloat.

In 2013, the Boar was selected as Student Publication of the Year.[1]


Upon its founding in October 1973, the Boar incorporated Campus, the student newspaper of the late 1960s and early 1970s. For a brief period in 1988, the Boar changed its name to Mercury, though by the end of the academic year it reverted to the Boar. With the exception of the occasional comedy issue of the Warwick Goat, the Boar has consistently remained as the Boar or the Warwick Boar.[citation needed]

The Boar has been a free newspaper since 1990.[citation needed] In 2004, the online edition was relaunched with a feature to accept reader comments. This work was undertaken by Electronic Engineering student Chris Williams, with the help of online editor Kate Fleetwood and others.[2]

The paper was published weekly until 2009 when it switched to fortnightly after financial troubles.

The website was again relaunched in April 2013. It was redesigned but also provided a new back-end for the team after encountering problems with the old site.[3]



In 1990, the paper won the Impact Award for most improved publication at the Guardian Student Media Awards. In both 1994 and 1998 it was nominated for Newspaper of the Year.

In 1999, it was nominated for Student Website of the Year at the Guardian Student Media Awards and Jonathan Stubbs won Best Arts Journalist at The Independent / NUS National Student Journalism Awards.


In 2000, Andrew Losowsky was runner-up Best Student Feature Writer in the National Student Journalism Awards. Tim Clist was nominated for Best Feature Writer and Andrew Losowsky for Best Arts Journalist.

In 2001, the paper was nominated for Design of the year in the Guardian Student Media Awards, Mark Douglas was nominated for Sports Writer of the Year and the compulsory laptops campaign was nominated for Student Campaign of the Year.

In 2002, Oliver Scarff won Best Photographer in the NUS awards, and Nicholas Morrison was nominated for Sports Writer of the Year in the Guardian awards.

In 2003, the paper was runner up Student Newspaper of the Year in the Guardian awards. The judges (including Alan Rusbridger and Jon Snow) commented: "A consistently high standard, like a fine regional newspaper with an outstanding magazine. The dedication of the staff to produce this newspaper on a weekly basis is incredible." [4] Mark Douglas was also nominated for Sports Writer of the Year. In the NUS awards, the paper received a nomination for Best Campaign and Rhian Nicholson was nominated for Best Travel Journalist

In 2004, it won Best Website and Jake Morris won Best Reporter in the NUS awards. Tom Thurnell-Read was nominated for Travel Writer of the Year in the Guardian awards.

In 2005, it was runner-up for Best Website in both the Guardian and NUS awards. In the NUS awards, Matt Sandy was runner-up Best Reporter and was nominated for Best Investigative Journalism.[5]

In 2006, the Boar received 17 nominations in the Guardian[6] and NUS[7] awards (a record in the history of student media, according to the newspaper). These included Best Newspaper in the NUS awards and Best Website in both. In the NUS awards it won Best Reporter (Matt Sandy), Best Feature Writer (Alastair Plumb), Best Sports Writer (David O'Kelly) and Best Photographer (Ching Sum Yuen).[8] In the Guardian awards, it won Website of the Year, Travel Writer of the Year (Tanc Newbury) and Sports Writer of the Year (David O'Kelly).[9]

Leo Robson was nominated for Best Critic at the Guardian awards every year from 2006 to 2009. He won it in 2008.

In 2009, Sam Hancock was nominated for Best Travel Writer.

The Boar was shortlisted for the Digital Innovation Award at the 2010 Midlands Media Awards.

On 1 September 2013, the Boar was announced as Ones to Watch's Student Publication of the Year after being selected as Student Publication of the Month for February. The Boar received the most votes in the public voting round, but it also really impressed the judges. Judge Lucy Sherriff, of Huffington Post Students, said: "The Boar stood out as a winner for the amount of thought and effort put into producing exclusive content – including FOIs – as well as breaking news. Its content is intuitive and is really tailored towards a student audience." The Boar's new website design was also complimented for having an "innovative website design with a rotating splash".[1]

In 2017 Mike Wrench won the award for Best Comment Writer, from the Student Publication Association.

Origin of name[edit]

Founding Editor Godfrey Rust provides this explanation:[10]

We wanted something that would convey a sense of instant history to cover up the (then) appalling newness of the place (and encourage more Americans to invest). Sitting in the Pennyfarthing Bar, [Co-founder] Kasper de Graaf and I pooled our vast knowledge of local heraldry. Coventry, we thought, had an elephant as its symbol, and Warwick had a bear. Or perhaps it was the other way around.

Anyway, neither of these had the required cachet. After experiments with other possible fauna we stumbled on the idea of a boar. Exactly whose the idea was I no longer remember, but I am certain that draught bitter was only 13p a pint. The pun was dreadful, but it was my round and there seemed to be no-one to stop us.


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  2. ^ "Warwick the Magazine: Classnotes - Who's Doing What and Where?". Warwick the Magazine. University of Warwick. Spring 2006. Retrieved 29 November 2011. In late 2004, Chris Williams (MEng Electronic Engineering 2001-05) created a new online home for readers of the campus newspaper, Warwick Boar. He writes: 'The plan was to make it more appealing to visitors by allowing people to post comments under articles.' [...] The website was launched with the help of online editor Kate Fleetwood (MEng Computer Science 2001-05) and other members of the web team. 
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  4. ^ "Trebles all round", The Guardian, 17 November 2003.
  5. ^ National Student Journalism Awards Winners 2005
  6. ^ The Guardian Student Media Awards 2006 Nominations
  7. ^ National Student Journalism Awards 2006 Nominations
  8. ^ National Student Journalism Awards: winners 2006
  9. ^ Guardian Student Media Awards: winners 2006
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