We are the Editorial and Business Team of Oxford’s first new newspaper in 30 years. We seek to be a disruptive new voice, celebrating individuality and heralding a new direction for student journalism, which has been stagnant for too long.
The Oxford Blue was founded by two undergraduates, Lois Heslop (Lady Margaret Hall), the founding Editor-in-chief, and Phoebe Hennell (Christ Church), the founding Managing Director of the newspaper. Hennell and Heslop conceived the newspaper during their second year at university, and it started publication in January 2020. The paper received over 250 applications to join the founding editorial team in its first two weeks.
The Oxford Blue was founded in response to the closed off and inaccessible culture of Oxford student journalism with the aim of providing opportunities for students to develop their journalistic skills, regardless of background. It seeks to be accessible to all, especially those with no prior experience in journalism.
The Blue produces daily content on its website, as well as a weekly podcast. It is the first digital only student newspaper in Oxford. In addition to its local and national reporting, the paper aims to provide perspective beyond the Oxford bubble with a section dedicated to world news. The paper’s Investigations Team goes beyond the daily headlines we report on, seeking out and researching stories it considers to be of significance to the student community. The Blue also focuses on individuality of our writers and hires columnists each term, as well as podcast hosts. The sections on the paper include Current Affairs, Global Affairs, Opinion, Culture, Interviews, Columns and Media.
We are a training newspaper, and have a collaborative editing process designed to provide both our editorial team and writers with practical journalistic experience. To facilitate this, we run masterclasses with professional journalists, open to all, to allow students to ask any questions about the field and hear from some of the most esteemed writers in the field.