Hearts and Wings magazine is a brand new journal created by Year 12 and Year 13 pupils. The editing team consists of eight people, studying International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Haileybury Astana. The magazine is supervised by Mr Daniel Bell, the English Teacher at Haileybury Astana.
Aniya, editor-in-chief of Hearts and Wings, shared with us the most challenging parts of creating a school magazine and discussed factors for selecting stories for each issue.
Why did you decide to start a school newspaper?
Student engagement is important for any school community, and one of the best ways to achieve that is through student journalism. When the newspaper was founded, our school was missing any news source that was from the perspective of students, and for pupils themselves. So, that was the reason for its inception, to get more people involved with school events and news.
Can you tell me a little bit more about the team?
Our team consists of mostly year 12 students, and a year 13 student. Within our team, we have a team of writers, artists, photographers, editors and designers. Our team includes: Aniya (Editor-in-Chief/writer), Alima (writer/editor), Korkem-Ay (writer/editor), Naira (writer/editor/designer), Begim-Ana (writer), Merey (T) (photographer), Maria (photographer), Anara (cover design, artist).
What is the most challenging part of creating a newspaper?
The most challenging part is coordinating everyone to produce a cohesive piece of content, as well as picking stories that are relevant and will be engaging for our audience.