A lot of students come into English because the conventional wisdom is that an English degree is better than a Journalism degree if you want to be a journalist. Now I don’t know about the conventional wisdom, or indeed much at all, but it’s undoubtedly true that English students dominate the University of Leicester’s long-running paper The Ripple.* This year The Ripple is more relevant than ever, as it’s been changed into a weekly newspaper after many years of being a monthly glossy. That means more articles, tighter deadlines, and more printings. So far feedback has been great for the premier issue, and all the staff are extremely enthusiastic about building on these new foundations. That’s where the plural you come in.
If you have any interest at all in journalism then membership of The Ripple’s team is a must — it’s so easy to get involved and find your work in print. We review movies, plays, music; we provide news, editorials, interviews, and advice; we also cover the University’s sports fixtures and report on matches and complain if we don’t win. The Ripple works together with numerous Leicester instutitions including the Curve (Leicester’s massive, state-of-the-art theatre) and the Phoenix (Leicester’s normal-sized, state-of-the-art independent cinema) to get free tickets for students writing reviews, and we’re trying our best to keep on top of all the city’s big releases. But if a student wants to write about something not on schedule, that’s fine too. We want those pages filled. Articles from our first printing include an interview with a Syrian Leicester student trapped in the middle of the current conflict, criticism of rising bus fares, advice for how to survive Freshers’ Week, and a particularly choice review of A. N. Wilson’s Dante in Love.
English students or anyone else can become a writer for us, so discover out how you can become a part of The Ripple right here. You can find free copies of the latest issue in your friendly neighbourhood Percy Gee Building.
* Note that the website is currently going through a transitionary period, kind of like a regime change.