The modern history of student journalism at Wilson's dates back to 1883, with the first editions of The Wilsonian. The earliest volumes report on school activities, including plays and sporting events, as well as essays, poetry and articles on a wide range of themes. Some of the pieces are of historical importance, including an essay on the Inner and Middle Temples by the future Sir Stafford Downing. In 1938, school inspectors reported that "The magazine, The Wilsonian … is a publication of some size … each number contains original articles in verse and prose. Most of these are of fair merit, and one or two are noteworthy for originality or technical quality".
Fast forward to 2021 and, while The Wilsonian thrives as a photographic journal of school life, student journalism now takes a very wide range of different forms. Most impressively, the entirely student-initiated and student-run Wilson's Intrigue team now produce frequent editions of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) magazine and a Humanities magazine. Chief editors Devanandh and Divy have inspired and led a large team of writers and sub-editors, with editions emerging regularly throughout the past two years. We have also enjoyed The Politeia, with its focus on politics and current affairs in the UK and abroad. Current and past editions are all available via the school website.
Furthermore, dozens of pupils have again been involved in the Young Reporter scheme, meeting monthly deadlines to submit articles about important local issues. Participants are assigned a mentor at Newsquest and all articles are published online. Once again this year, Wilson's pupils have been singled out for praise by the scheme's coordinators and we are still particularly proud of Nicholas' (L6) achievement as one of last year's overall winners! Younger pupils can be assured that there will be plenty of opportunities for them in future, including the new Intrigue Writing Competition for Years 7-9. Watch this space!