As Editor-in-Chief and founder of The Panoptic, I had a very clear goal in my head when setting up the magazine. Student journalism is restricted by its student status, and the bubble in which it is written. By creating a magazine that is not only cross-University but also that does not restrict itself to student-only journalists, The Panoptic seeks to become a credible voice on issues both student and non-student related. The Panoptic was set up by like-minded individuals, with a broad range of different sections, all with the aim of providing a credible voice to our generation that is not restricted. I hope the magazine evolves and progresses as time passes, and as our editors, writers, and readers develop.
In Depth is a section for feature length articles of 1,000 words or more. As editor, my personal interests lie somewhere in the intersections of modern history, politics, counterculture, radical ideas, the internet, and the political economy of the news media. But this section’s main lynchpin is quality of research and storytelling, rather than subject matter. In Depth is not a place for ‘unbiased’ articles – I believe that a lack of bias cannot meaningfully exist – but I do strive for balance. In Depth’s purpose is to explain rather than convince. However I also believe that first-person experience and insights are valuable tools for writing engaging journalism.
As editor of the Comment section, I hope to provide a means of engaging deeper in matters that both students and non-students are passionate about. The section will provide them with an audience to voice their opinions to, and hopefully to inform and educate not only fellow students, but all readers of The Panoptic. In today’s society, free speech is a topic often contested and this contestation is regularly based on from whom this speech is derived. I hope to make the comments section a place where those who have found their voices denounced can freely speak out. The comments section will allow for articles that are not structured around objectivity but which delve into the heart of the authors and which will not shy away from controversy. My hope is that the section will provide a platform for the voices of a diverse range of authors and in turn a diverse range of topics. I endeavour to make the comments section of The Panoptic a chance for those of varying race, nationality and beliefs to be heard.
As Science Editor, my aims and intentions for the section stem from my own experience of studying Neuroscience. Whilst I believe that the brain (and the enigma that surrounds it) is a riveting topic, I have also come to understand that the sometimes-convoluted nature of science can serve to seriously hinder its accessibility. Thus, Science within The Panoptic hopes to cover a variety of exciting discoveries and developments across a number of scientific fields in a simple, jargon-free way. Specific emphasis is placed upon clarity and accessibility so that a diverse range of readers can be captivated by the topics covered, regardless of their background.
As Lifestyle Editor, I am keen to enable the section to encompass a wide variety of topics. Lifestyle covers health and fitness, travel, fashion, beauty and also provides a platform for particularly topical matters, including gender issues, women’s and LGBT rights and mental health issues. The appeal of the Lifestyle section is its flexibility, being able to include both light-hearted and thought-provoking content. The Panoptic aims to engage with a diverse readership by providing stimulating and refreshing perspectives, and as Lifestyle Editor I intend for the section to contribute wholeheartedly towards achieving this ambition.
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