As a freelance journalist I find it frustrating pitching articles to the mainstream press and find it's getting harder and harder for publishers to give new writers a chance. As media power becomes more concentarted fewer individuals control what's published. Before writers and journalists see their work in print, it has to pass through several media filters: the editor, advertisers, owners and their shareholders demanding a profit. This is how the system works. Fine for them, but not so good for new writers. There are just too many people involved and more likely than not, publishers find a reason to say NO to new writers and most of these reasons have nothing to do with the quality of the writing. Philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky put it like this:
I set up the Student Guardian to help new writers like me get their work published on the web. Matt Kemp from Conwell has written about media and politics for us, or Gabriella Armieri from Coventry, our fashion writer. There is space here for you too, and don't worry too much about writing professionally, the mainstream media is swimming with journalists trying to please their paymasters by being perfect. I have learnt from millions of mistakes, so don't be put off by the perfectionists, there's no such thing as perfect, and even if there were, best is always the enemy of good.
In a nut-shell, the site provides student and university news and along the way helps aspiring writers, bloggers and journalists to develop their work for the web. Our members are often students building their portfolio, but by no means all. There are undergraduates, graduates, mature, and international students from all over the world. Just lately we are increasingly attracting visitors and submissions from people who simply enjoy writing in their spare time. It’s a great and growing community.
Registered members are free to contribute all kinds of content. Typical submissions are short news articles and longer features, but we also receive and publish short stories and poetry [shortly to get their own dedicated site]. Our members can also use the Student Guardian to promote their blog Studet Guardian's ethos is to be inclusive and encourages visitors to become writers as soon as they want. Blurring the distinction between reader and author is what sets us apart from the mainstream press, who tend to overly interfere with writer's work. While we can't always publish everything exactly as submitted we believe our openness enables our writers to communicate in ways that is not always possible within conventional media, or social networking sites.
We hope you join us and actively participate with the site as much, or as little as you like. At the same time, we hope you can find ways to use the Student Guardian to help you boost your writing profile and have fun.
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