Recently the team at Dinosaur PR launched an online student magazine – Student Wire. A website specifically for students, written by students about being a student! Whilst on a two week work placement with the agency, I was lucky enough to get involved.
Their client The Student Store wanted to create a thriving online community of students who can help each other out, give advice and provide great content and articles. The team at Dinosaur got to work and put together focus groups of students from local universities to bring together ideas of what we could do. We came up with Student Wire. Emilie Sillett, a second year public relations undergraduate and current intern at Dinosaur PR was made editor of the website due to her bubbly personality and passion for blog writing. She was then asked to recruit a team of budding journalists to help her write for the magazine.
After the website had been set up, it was time for it to go live and see what the public made of it. To gain interest, the site was seeded online through social media and student forums, getting as many people as possible to check it out and create a buzz around and about the site. After just two weeks Student Wire is a great success and a hit with under graduates from several universities in the UK.
So far writers from Leeds Metropolitan, Liverpool John Moore’s, University of Salford and London Metropolitan provide advice, news and ideas on anything from how to choose your student accommodation to how to cure a hangover. Emilie is always looking for interesting features and creative writers so drop her an email if you think you are cut out for the job –email@example.com.
For an idea of some of the topics we write about at Student Wire, check out my favourite posts so far:
- The Student Halls Lottery by Sarah Raynard
- Clubbing.. Why bother? by editor, Emilie Sillett
- Celebrities And Their Surprising, Unrelated Degrees by Amanda Champion
- And have a look at my own article, Technology That Will Make Life Easier.
And finally, the sponsors of Student Wire – the Student Store have recently launched a photo competition of ‘the work space from hell’. Be it your messy student house, your dirty desk or your rotten bedroom we want to see. The winner will be determined by public vote via the Student Wire Facebook page – so be creative as possible and you could be in with a chance £100 shopping voucher and the Adobe Creative Cloud software up for grabs! Apply here.