This past academic year, many new student-led journals have been made at LSE. These include Earthrise and 68. These have been considered proud achievements and a positive step toward seeing even more student activism and creativity at LSE.
Earthrise prides itself on being the “first student-run environmental journal”. It was founded by Isabella Pojuner, and is edited by her and Christina Ivey – both 2nd year LSE students.
It exhibits contributor articles, photos, poems and comics about environmental issues, including commentary on the impact of the climate on the refugee crisis and breakdowns of important environmental reports.
Earthrise gets its name from the first photograph of terrestrial Earth was taken by Bill Anders on the Apollo 8 mission, where the crest of the earth is seen rising above a grey, lunar surface. The student journal launched on the 50th anniversary of this image. “It was one spark lighting up a powerful, continually suppressed but crucial movement of environmentalists,” Earthrise’s front page writes.
The aim is to highlight that there is an environmental crisis on our hands and it hopes “to be part of the discussion that will drive us towards a better future”.
Earthrise will also be releasing a podcast in the near future.
Another exciting journal that has appeared is ‘68’. It is a predominantly left-wing journal providing a platform for the discussion of socio-political issues in LSE and beyond.
The journal is comprised of a collective, comprised of both academics and students, who contribute to its content. The journal includes a wide range of mediums such as: visual art, stories, articles and film reviews. Because of its ‘collective’ ethos, 68 creates content, edits, funds, and makes decisions collaboratively.
While it has a clear left-wing focus, it is by no means exclusive and includes a large scope of opinions and positions from a number of different sides.
It aims to return “LSE to the hotbed of ideas and actions that it was during those years in the sixties, where the protests contributed to a global student movement”.
The 68 bases its name on student protests in the late sixties. In an article written by Molly Blackall, one of the journal’s founders, she says: “Though not the only significant year, 1968 is often heralded as the pinnacle of the student movement.”
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