Future journalism, economics and political stars from the College are motivated to create and publish high quality student led publication.
Inspirational thought and creative leadership has been shown by College Head Boy, Freddie C, working collaboratively with friend, Elliot, from the Bishop's Stortford High School through the creation and development of a thought provoking student led publication, The Student Economist.
In the final year of his studies at the College and seeking a safe space for current affairs, social and political debate, Freddie also has a strong vision of the valuable work experiences that pupil contributors to the publication will benefit from in such challenging career times. Their powerful presence on LinkedIn a clear demonstration of the importance upon which they place the professional reach of their publication.
When asked about the aims of the publication, Freddie commented, “Firstly, we hope that reading our articles, seeing our correspondence on social media and hearing about us around school will encourage debate around current affairs, curiosity into different subject areas or even just questioning of the constant barrage of news where before it may have been taken as a given. Social media news, where the majority of people get their news, often leads to echo corridors of identical opinions and we hope to collect differing opinions in one platform that will inspire interest, debate and questioning that may not have otherwise occurred.”
As well as offering an environment for safe and sensible debate of current affairs and a chance to improve students’ knowledge of politics and economics, the publication also provides an opportunity for students to further develop their writing and journalism skills in preparation for university and job applications. “With the COVID lockdowns and a slow down for businesses, work experience is extremely hard to come by for us all. We hope to provide a ‘springboard’ if you like, something our contributors can put on their university or job application in order to demonstrate they are willing to go above and beyond for their career or university course of interest.” said Freddie.
Freddie and his team, which also includes the marketing skills of a young Old Stortfordian, are sure to be bright stars of the future and we will be following their upcoming articles with great interest.
A full article about Freddie's journey to publication and objectives for the future can be found here on the College website and will provide the Stortfordian community with a great insight into the path to publication and beyond.
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