Freddie Founds Student Publication
Upper Sixth student and Senior School Head Boy, Freddie C, has joined forces with one of his friends, Elliot W, a student at The Bishop’s Stortford High School, to found and edit a new online publication aimed at students.
The Student Economist, inspired by The Economist, is a student-led publication which discusses and encourages debate on political, societal and economic matters. With the aim of “broadening minds and expanding futures”, Freddie and Elliot hope to get involvement from all schools in Bishop’s Stortford.
Originally planned to be an internal PDF publication for College pupils, Freddie, who owns the website, decided to broaden its reach and alter the format of the newspaper after collaborating with Elliot on the project, who is co-editor of the publication. Freddie commented, “We both thought this could be a great way to collaborate across Stortford – starting with two schools that are more used to rivalry rather than collaboration, certainly in regard to sport!”
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.
Consisting of four columns, the newspaper focusses on current affairs, controversy, insight and debate. With the first subject of debate being ‘The UK Should Take More Immigrants’, two student journalists with opposing views will each write a piece arguing their case and readers will vote for which piece they found more persuasive. The controversy column will see students share their ‘out of the ordinary’ opinions which will hopefully provoke thought and questioning of matters which may have been taken as an accepted truth. The Insight column provides the student journalists with an opportunity to pick a ‘niche’ or a topic they are passionate about and really get into. Freddie continued, “Despite the name The Student Economist, this is where I hope we will begin to diversify our topics and therefore reader base, whilst also allowing a greater range of young people with differing interests and intended career paths to write for TSE.”
“Young people in Bishop's Stortford, I hope, will benefit from the chance to feed their interests into something bigger. By contributing and engaging with the publication, fellow students are able to showcase their interests and opinions, and demonstrate these to universities and future employers. With work experience being so hard to come by in the current climate, we also started a LinkedIn page (www.linkedin.com/company/thestudenteconomist). This allows us to showcase our contributors on an international platform that they may use in the future to apply for jobs. Additionally, journalism, economics and politics, three subject areas massively interlinked with the publication, are some of the hardest to break in to, so this is a great place to start.”
Freddie, who plans on pursuing a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics explained that The Student Economist has already received a lot of material on various subjects including populism, post-war socialism and big tech. “Working with us can come in the form of just a one-off article, writing every 1, 4 or 7 weeks or even managing our social media if they want to go into marketing and that’s what you enjoy – whatever works for you. We are run by students for students, and we are looking for more to join!”
Head of Sixth Form, Katie Banks, commented “This brilliant initiative demonstrates all the qualities that we aim to inspire in the Sixth Form at the College. Freddie not only had the inspiration for the project, he has independently driven it forward to produce a high-class product that is to the benefit of students not just at the College but across Sixth Formers in Stortford.”