Year 9 students, Sean Spooner and Louis Porter have produced their own magazine about the local area. The Corby Magazine features interviews, news and a competition to win an iPod docking station worth £70.
Sean and Louis came up with the idea of launching their own free magazine after seeing a gap in the local market. The first issue includes an interview with the former MP, Phil Hope, and information on the Corby Cube. Sean and Louis want to celebrate all that is going on in the town and are already planning their next edition, which is due out in September.
For future issues they want to profile other local personalities and are hoping to secure an interview with the newly-elected MP, Louise Bagshawe. They also plan to include more photos of events around the town like the carnival and Highland Gathering.
Sean said: 'We decided to try to produce our own magazine to see how hard it really is; obviously with newer stuff that interests younger people rather than everyday news. We've got articles about the redevelopment of Corby and we're trying to write items that will appeal to most ages.'
It took the pair just three weeks, mainly during the recent school holidays, to produce the 12-page magazine. Sean wrote the articles and laid out the pages while Louis sold the advertising space. Now their first edition is hot off the press they plan to gradually expand the quarterly magazine to a larger print run with more pages.
Proceeds from adverts costing between £20 and £50 have covered the cost of printing the first 200 copies. Sean said: 'The Corby Magazines will be distributed to local hairdressers, doctors and dentists around the town; places where hopefully they will be picked up and read by lots of people. We'll even put one or two copies in the library at Brooke Weston so everyone here can have a look at it.'