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ABOUT THE RIVAL

what is the rival?

The Rival Loyola is an independent student-run publication seeking to provide reliable, interesting content and show how it’s relevant to our generation. Through campus news, world events, and satire, The Rival Loyola strives to stand apart from a world of bafflegab by contributing something intelligent to the conversation. We want to push boundaries, make you laugh, teach you something, and guide you in forming your own well-rounded opinions about the world we live in.

Tune in, Turn Off, Drop Out, Drop In, Switch Off, Switch On, and Explode. (-Timothy Leary & The Beatles)

Disclaimer: We are NOT officially affiliated with Loyola University Maryland.

our mission

In the past decade, student news has been reduced to listicles, resume-builders, and click-bait.

Most for-profit campus news publications aim for clicks and create teams of disconnected writers and editors, many of which are post-grads working from an office building in New York City. And, while traditional publications have sound content, the entire operation is stuck in the past.

We want to change that.

The Rival Solution

We work by the mantra:

“Community, then Content.”

All operational, logistic, and creative decisions are made by the students at each campus. They create their own teams, design their own marketing campaigns, and build their own identity on campus.

This means that students are free to pursue and write about their passions and interests without interference from any institution.

How does it work?

While each school is united under The Rival’s name, they all have very different identities.

We provide a state-of-the-art mobile and desktop site customized to the school’s personality, a custom-build content management system that we’ve dubbed “The Newsroom,” extensive training and on-boarding information, and funds for marketing, food, events, and merchandise.

Our story

In March of 2014, we started The Rival at GW with a staff of 10, which quickly grew to 50. In a year, we racked up nearly half a million page views and placed 4th in the largest collegiate business plan competition in the nation.

After doing plenty of research, we realized that the problems we aimed to solve at GW were pervasive across hundreds of college campuses. In Summer of 2015, we began on-boarding new schools, and by November we launched nationwide.


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