Interested in a career in journalism? Love writing articles? Then you simply cannot miss the chance to contribute to your student newspaper. It’s a great way to practise your writing skills, have a regular writing opportunity and see your work in print and online!
It wasn’t until my second year that I started writing for my university’s student newspaper The Boar, but I wish that I had got involved sooner because since then I have met so many new people and written articles that I never thought I could write. The writing prompts that we as contributors are given make you think about brand new ideas that spur on your creativity. Remember, in a student newspaper you can be as wacky, wonderful and weird as you want. The name of the game is expression and diversity. You want to make the newspaper as exciting and informative as you possibly can.
As an English Literature student, I started writing for the Boar Books because I wanted to share my love for literature and hopefully target people who don’t read much for pleasure and think that it is just for arts students. I found myself contributing articles such as Books To Beat The Stress and Amsterdam: The City of Bikes and Books and quickly realised that this was something I loved doing.
Student newspapers cover all the local events on campus - from reviewing plays to writing up events - but we also comment on important national and international issues in politics, finance, lifestyle and many more. It’s also a great way to stay up to date with everything that is happening in current affairs and to feel as if you are actively involved. Moreover, in terms of thinking ahead and planning your career pathway, there are few opportunities that look better on your CV and show that you are motivated than a reference to your student newspaper.
Why not get involved now and who knows, by your final year you may even be the new Editor-in-Chief of your very own university’s student newspaper. So, what are you waiting for? Write away!
- By Dominic Lam