The Student Guardian was launched in 2008 to provide students with useful information, encourage wider participation in higher education and help student journalists and writers catch the eye of a publisher.
As journalists and writers ourselves we understand how difficult it can be to build up a portfolio of published work. A literary agent told one of our writers recently: "not to be too discouraged, but we receive 300 submissions a week."
The simple fact is that whether you are trying to publish a book, or get an article published in the press, it's getting harder and harder for new writers to get a foot in the door. Why? because the ownership of the media is increasingly concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer multinational corporations, independent publishers are dwindling and the big players that remain tend to be, particularly in the UK, too risk averse to give new authors a chance.
This is how mainstream media works: Before writers and journalists see their work in print, it has to pass through several media filters: The editor, the publication's owners or stakeholders, as well as their advertisers and sponsors who all have an interest in what is and what's not published. All this is fine, maybe, for established and well networked writers, but not so good for us newbies.
By helping to raise new writers' profiles the Student Guardian gives you a better chance of catching the eye of a commissioning agent, publisher, or prospective employer. New journalists like Matt Kemp from Cornwall who has written about media and politics for us, Gabriella Armieri a fashion writer from Coventry. There's also Simon Hadley a new music journalist, an up-and-coming sports and travel writer Chris Matthews and motoring journalist and blogger Lewis Wilkinson.
There is space at the Student Guardian for you too, and don't let worrying about making a few mistakes along the way put you off either, there is no such thing as a perfect piece of work. Direct message us @studentguardian if you want to contribute...
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