In 1897 the first ever edition of The Gryphon was published and it was only one of four that was to be distributed throughout the academic year. The majority of its pages are filled with Society information and Editors notes but what is most impressive, and very alien to modern student newspapers, is the publication of poems and songs.
The Gryphon also regularly published caricatures. These were drawn by S. Cohen and many were representations of teaching staff.
During the First World War the Rolls of Honour lists were printed as was a soldier’s letters from the front.
The Gryphon saw out the Second World War too.
In October 1946 the decision was undertaken to change the papers name to Union News. The Union News cost two pence and incorporated a new logo.
Paul Dacre was the editor from 1968 to 1969. He since went on to become editor of the Daily Mail and editor-in-chief of dmg media. Under his guidance the Union News won Newspaper of the Year.
In 1970, another name change was to occur with the merger with the polytechnics (Leeds Beckett) student newspaper ‘Pact’. The name chosen was Leeds Student and has remained that way for 44 years. The newspaper represented both universities equally covering the major news from both.
In the year 1972 to 1973 Paul Vallely became editor. He is a correspondent for The Times and also writes freelance. He has reported from places like Ethiopia where he was arrested by the communist government. Under Paul Vallely’s guidance Leeds Student won the newspaper of the year again and he also campaigned and won for the editor-in-chief role to become a paid sabbatical position.
Nicolas Witchell, who is the royal correspondent for the BBC, took over the editor role in 1974 to 1973.
In 1987 to 1988 Jay Rayner, restaurant critique, novelist and regular guest on the BBC’s One Show, became editor.
It is believed that Leeds Student was the first student newspaper to produce a pull out guide. The Blurb was a T.V. guide for the following seven days was first printed in 1994.
A year after its introduction the Blurb changed its name to Juice and it also changed it purpose. As well as a T.V guide it gave reviews on films and music.
In 1996 and 1999 LS was fortunate enough to win the Guardian and NUS Student newspaper of the year. It won the Guardian award again in 2009.
In 2002 LS won the NUS Student Newspaper of the year awards again.
Unfortunately in December 2005 LS no longer became a collaboration between the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan. Leeds Metropolitan voted to leave the newspaper claiming that they were under-represented in LS.
The newspaper also had a smaller change. The name of Juice, for the pull out magazine, became LS2.
In 2007 the paper was printed in full colour.
In May 2010 a shocking headline graced LS’s front page: Pulled LS Removed From Shelves. The article appeared due to the outrage when Jak Codd, the Communications and Internal Officer, removed LS from its stands in the union in reaction to an interview with Sameh Habeeb, which he believed was anti-Semitic. The paper was outrage and believed their freedom of speech had been impeded.
Students and protesting is kind of a given and in November 2010 thousands packed into the streets of Leeds. The front cover was very impressive as people stormed past the broadcasting building.
In November 2011 the paper was accused of causing panic when they reported on multiple incidents where a gang of youths wearing Balaklava’s were beating up students without cause outside Montague Burton.
In February 2012 LS exposed shocking part to university life. A website was found were you could basically book a hook up with another student in the university. Three specific places were discovered and brought to light.
A more infamous moment in LS’ history was an interview with BNP leader Nick Griffin which was published in October 2012. The paper was heavily criticised for publishing the article.
In 2012 LS was the first student newspaper to release an IPad edition and also won the O2 Yorkshire Media Award for Student Publication of the year.
The infamous Tequila which was shut down last year faced negative press from LS. In October 2013 a big front headline, Tequila Blasted For Rape Promo, the media campaign to shut it down began and resulted in a nomination for the article.
The last printed paper of last year, March 2014, did not end LS on a high note. The paper had faced funding issues and the final headline was a plea to save it.