Print media: Pugwash & Pugwash News

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  • Creation and launch of Pugwash News newspaper
  • Running Pugwash News newspaper and Pugwash magazine

Pugwash News

This was a new project I led at the start of the 2007/2008 academic year, and involved realising and launching a fortnightly student-led newspaper, covering student news, life & style, arts & entertainments, and - crucially for many ;o) - the University’s student sports news. While I took the lead in designing the publication and producing the first two issues, it has been the content written by its contributors - ranging from student volunteers to Union and University staff - who ultimately made sure the publication didn’t fail within the first month. As a result, Pugwash News stood well on its own two feet during its first with the recruitment of a strong team of volunteer student editors who set the publication’s direction and led its development.
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Pugwash News newspaper and Pugwash magazine

During my year as Media and Publications Officer at Portsmouth Students' Union, I acted as Editor-In-Chief of the union's student media. In particular, the union's two printed student publications - a long-standing and award-winning student lifestyle magazine, and a newly-launched newspaper. As Editor-In-Chief, it was my responsibility to oversee the maintenance of high editorial standards, to avoid - wherever possible - landing in hot water (a difficult task at times!), and - most importantly in a learning environment - to strive to provide opportunities for the student volunteers to develop their skills, as well as my own. During the year I developed an eye for spelling, punctuation, grammar, excellent and consistent presentation standards, and a thorough understanding of the need to develop and maintain a publication's 'voice'. This was especially important with the newspaper, as although similar publications exist in other students' unions, providing a number of excellent yardsticks, we were operating on largely new ground. Thankfully, with the publication continuing to go from strength to strength in my absence, I think it is fair to say that the combined team effort which I headed up laid an excellent foundation for the publication.
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