Ham&High publishes second Young Readers’ Edition: ‘Be amazed at what we have to offer’ say young writers

On Thursday the Ham&High, in partnership with the Highgate Society, will publish its landmark Young Readers’ Edition for the second time, with a bumper 24-pages of news, comment and features written by young people. From selfies to Simon Callow, young editor Daniel Wittenberg explains what it’s all about.

Fifty years ago, teenagers who craved social change had The Beatles and Bob Dylan.

In 2014 though – tired of being ignored by politicians and newspapers – the youth of north London are taking things a step further with a Ham&High Young Readers’ Edition, written entirely by young people aged 11 to 18.

As editor of the unique 24-page supplement, which comes free inside next week’s Ham&High, I can safely reassure regular readers that the revolution will be neither aggressive nor a Russell Brandian one, whilst also encouraging the public to pay attention to our perspectives on issues affecting the younger generation.

Unlike most uprisings, ours is fuelled by hard-hitting facts and entertaining features: from a first-hand insight into teenage anorexia, to a powerful exposé of the truth behind social network bullying, to ‘selfies’ with acclaimed actor Simon Callow.

Our exclusive interviews with north London playwright Michael Frayn, BBC business editor Robert Peston and a quartet of local Members of Parliament – each conducted by teenage constituents – could be considered a coup of a different kind.

Like a young heart, the Young Readers’ Edition will contain four vibrant sections.

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Aside from lively news and opinion pieces, I am pleased to say the Ham&High office has been awash with articles on film, music, theatre and art, which will feature in a landmark version of the weekly etcetera culture pull-out.

In addition, the Young Readers’ Edition will boast a dedicated sports section – including a youthful look at football’s fraught north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as a slalom through the current arguments over ski safety.

The ongoing campaign for gender equality pervades much of our content, as it is clearly a key concern for young people today.

Having gained coverage in the Ham&High for their activism, we have asked members of the Feminist Club at Camden School for Girls to take centre stage and inspire others with their article.

Likewise, I would advise readers to keep an eye out for one 16-year-old blogger’s take on how to be a teenage woman – influenced by leading feminist and Times columnist Caitlin Moran, herself a successful journalist before turning 20.

I don’t doubt many readers will be amazed at what us teens have to offer, many of whom I am sure will go on to demonstrate their prodigious talent on the floors of both newsrooms and the Houses of Parliament in years to come.