Teen makes the headlines with own magazine

First published in News

BUDDING journalist Megan Lewis has made a big impression on her street, at just 14 years old.

Miss Lewis, of East Street, Osney Island, has dedicated evenings after school and weekends since March 2011 to producing a monthly community magazine for her neighbours.

Her magazine – East St. Echo – takes about three weeks to put together and is distributed to 34 neighbours.

The Year 10 Matthew Arnold School pupil started the magazine after being inspired by the Osney Island newsletter and her own ambitions to be an editor.

She said: “I started because there was this newsletter that had been around and I thought I could do something like it for my street. I asked my mum to come help with an idea for a name and I started from there.

“All the neighbours really like it and they all give me contributions and sometimes I go round and interview people.”

Each issue of the magazine includes interviews with neighbours, quizzes, poems and horoscopes and community figures submit contributions.

Miss Lewis, who is taking a break from producing the magazine while she begins her GCSEs , said: “I enjoy coming up with ideas and then designing the pages.

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“I would like to be a magazine editor of a teenage girls’ magazine. I buy quite a lot of teenage magazines!”

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11:00am Mon 24 Sep 12

Darkforbid says...

Congratulations Megan Lewis.... I assume OM will be giving her a day out with a real reporter,,, ?
Congratulations Megan Lewis.... I assume OM will be giving her a day out with a real reporter,,, ? Darkforbid
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12:58pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Severian says...

Congratulations Megan Lewis - but I fail to see how this story has ANYTHING to do with Bicester whatsoever! She lives on Osney Island and goes to Matthew Arnold school. What relevance is there to include this as one of the main Bicester stories on the website?

Either the BA is making poor editorial decisions, or is getting desperate for something to put in the paper. I assume you have run out of Kidlington stories to include, and have had to look further afield.
Congratulations Megan Lewis - but I fail to see how this story has ANYTHING to do with Bicester whatsoever! She lives on Osney Island and goes to Matthew Arnold school. What relevance is there to include this as one of the main Bicester stories on the website? Either the BA is making poor editorial decisions, or is getting desperate for something to put in the paper. I assume you have run out of Kidlington stories to include, and have had to look further afield. Severian
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10:08am Tue 25 Sep 12

King Joke says...

Darkforbid wrote:
Congratulations Megan Lewis.... I assume OM will be giving her a day out with a real reporter,,, ?
I doubt it. She'd be no good on the OM unless she did an intensive course in the use of American spellings, getting her facts wrong, writing stories telling us nothing has happened and thinly-veiled puff pieces for selected local businesses whom she was mates with.
[quote][p][bold]Darkforbid[/bold] wrote: Congratulations Megan Lewis.... I assume OM will be giving her a day out with a real reporter,,, ?[/p][/quote]I doubt it. She'd be no good on the OM unless she did an intensive course in the use of American spellings, getting her facts wrong, writing stories telling us nothing has happened and thinly-veiled puff pieces for selected local businesses whom she was mates with. King Joke
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