|Owner(s)||Tab Media Limited|
The Epinal was Loughborough University's first independent student newspaper. It was founded in August 2012 and was run by and for students of the university. Tab Media Limited took over ownership of The Epinal in Spring 2014.
The newspaper sought to provide factually correct and informed news, in the public interest, for the students of Loughborough University, while also offering comprehensive sports coverage and intuitive comment on issues from campus and further afield. The National Student cited the publication's aim to also bring “effective and independent scrutiny of things that many would prefer not to be scrutinised or brought into the public domain.”
The Epinal was named UK Student Publication of the Month for November 2012 by Ones to Watch, a website set up by Daily Mail journalist Rosie Taylor to showcase the country's best student media. Commenting on The Epinal, Taylor wrote: "It has gone from nothing to being a major fixture of the UK’s student press in a few short months."
Ones to Watch has frequently cited some of The Epinal's best articles, while national magazine Athletics Weekly picked up on the news broken by The Epinal that students had started a petition opposing UK Athletics' withdrawal from the World University Games The publication broke the news in May 2013 that Loughborough University were planning to take action against the students responsible for the 'Rate Your Shag' Facebook page, receiving citations from national newspapers such as The Metro and the Daily Star.
The Tab takeover
Tab Media Limited took over ownership of The Epinal in Spring 2014. Tab Media Limited, which has its headquarters in London, already own newspapers at 39 universities, having launched their first publication in Cambridge back in 2009.
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