Over 100 student clubs are currently listed by the HEC administration on campus. Belonging to one or more allows you to really be a part of the life on campus. But should you not find the club that matches one particular interest you have, you can still try and found other people that agree with you so that you can then launch your own club together. Here’s a little overview of the new student clubs created this year.
How did you find the inspiration to create such a student club? What did you think it would add to the life of students on campus ?
It all started last September. After two (or three) years of intellectual stimulation in preparatory courses, many of us had developed a keen interest in political, economic, cultural and social issues. Many of us were also curious about the media industry. Additionally, we realized that only a few clubs were gathering students from France and other countries. There was clearly something to do.
As weeks went on, the project became clearer and clearer: we chose to create a thoughtful and bilingual online media that would stand for uncompromising journalism, offer many opportunities to our members and embrace diversity. We chose to call it KIP, standing for Knowledge is Power, as we truly believe in the power of enlightened and well-thought information. As mentioned in our manifesto, ”we want[ed KIP] to be a platform for all those who want to make their voices heard”. Therefore, all the HEC students could submit an article. We are deeply attached to freedom of speech, which is why we didn’t want to have any editorial policy.
We also designed KIP as a ”media experience” for our members. In addition to the articles, the idea was to visit famous newspapers’ headquarters, attend TV shootings and events, meet journalists and fascinating people… You may not be interested in writing texts, but there’s still plenty of opportunities!
What are you currently working on / have you already achieved things?
The KIP website was eventually launched in early December on www.kipthinking.com (in French) and www.kipthinking.com/en in English. To celebrate the website uploading, we organized a conference with Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders –the NGO standing for the freedom of press. We had the support of producer Emmanuel Chain, who worked on many French TV shows, including Capital (M6) and Sept à Huit (TF1).
This semester was quite particular for us, since a big part of the team was studying abroad. Yet, so far, dozens of articles are already available online. Believe me, we have some amazing texts –and if you don’t, have a look at the website! Since mid-April, some of our articles have been focusing on education, as part of a Special Focus. We plan on launching a new category this summer. We started doing interviews as well, including a talk with French essayist Idriss Aberkane and another one with Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired by Donald Trump after a few days as his Director of Communication. We also started building partnerships with HEC Alumni and student clubs from HEC and abroad.
What could the near future hold for your association? What do you wish for?
This year was an opportunity for us to define our project. From next September onwards, we will go further. In addition to the interviews in Paris, we will keep building the ”media experience”. We have already strong links with French media France 24 and TMC, but there is still a lot to visit and to know, and so many people to meet!
For the first time, we will also expand the team with new students –and again, non-French and French HEC students. We won’t look only for contributors who would like to write articles, but also for illustrators, translators, community managers, video editors… KIP was thought as an ecosystem; we will do our best to open new doors and make the most of these opportunities together.