Nicola Simonetti, our Editor-in-chief, introduces himself and talks about The Tribe‘s goals for the upcoming academic year.
Since 2009 The Tribe has explored all facets of Culture and Lifestyle while actively strengthening experiences shared among all students at the University of St Andrews. Established as a way of encouraging students to make their voices heard and cultivate critical thinking, our magazine soon gained popularity within the student body, and it became one of St Andrews’s most read publications. In the last couple of years The Tribe has managed to achieve outstanding results. Besides expanding to new platforms (such as Instagram and Twitter), the publication’s readership has increased of 500% in the 2015-2016 academic year. The website’s new layout has contributed to attract 50% more writers and our articles regularly hit a very satisfying number of views. Born as a community where everybody is free to express their own ideas, The Tribe has acted both as a shelter and a springboard for many, and I am no exception.
My name is Nicola Simonetti, and I am the new Editor-in-chief of The Tribe. I am an English and Medieval History student going into third year. As you will learn from my accent (if we will ever have the chance to meet, and I strongly hope so) or from some of my articles, I am Italian. My culinary tastes mirror my eclecticism, as do all the TV series that I regularly binge-watch. After leaving my country at the age of 19, I flew to St Andrews with the hope to become a journalist, and The Tribe was the first publication I came across in the summer before my first year of studies. Needless to say, it was love at first sight. Starting as a writer for the Travel Section, I became Culture Editor in my second year, until I got the position of the new Editor-in-chief last April.
As the new Editor-in-chief of The Tribe, I am working to re-organise the structure of our magazine to make it more accessible and likeable to each and every one of you. Although The Tribe was born as an artsy publication, we are now expanding into a more varied magazine. As a consequence, the number of our editors has slightly increased if compared to the past academic year, yet the re-organisation of some of our sections into a much more coherent structure will facilitate the bottom-up communication. We have recently added a News Section to Culture and Lifestyle, and several sub-sections (e.g., Politics, Sports among others), which, I believe, will help us grow even more. As both the name of our magazine and our manifesto suggest, integration and freedom of expression are our main purposes. Which is why, from next semester onwards, our magazine will offer our contributors the chance to write articles in their own languages, and they will be published under a new sub-section called Languages. Languages will mainly expound upon the curiosities and traditions of different cultures, but it will also include any articles which are written in a language other than English.
In my time at The Tribe, we have always worked as a team, and as a team we have rejoiced of our achievements but also mourned our biggest setback: never having had the chance to expand to print journalism.
But we are ready now!
After setting up a Business Team last April, we have been working since to raise enough money to fund our first issue, which we are positive will be out mid-September. We are also enhancing the number of our collaborations with societies and independent shops, so to improve the level of our events coverage. Our editors are working to keep our columns still going, while a few more will be introduced (e.g., ‘Spotlight On…’ under Lifestyle). The Fashion section will rise from its own ashes stronger than before. As the baby of the bunch, Love, Sex and Relationships will introduce a section to answer your questions about love, while the new Sports section will try to follow the main championships and tournaments taking place in our town.
Despite The Tribe’s young age, there is much that we have already achieved, but much more that is about to happen. As Editor-in-chief, my job is to coordinate and supervise our publication, whereas keeping an eye out for strongly held ideas at the same time. The Tribe has often been defined as an ‘edgy’ publication, and the upcoming year will not be different. You will see everything you have grown accustomed to, but also much more uniqueness in the way our articles are written.
Representing a community which is open to any kind of input from whomever comes across our path, we are looking forward to hearing from you all! So, if you have ideas, articles, photos, sketches, or any other kind of suggestions that you would like to share with us, do not hesitate to get in contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you enjoy our magazine, and the way The Tribe has been re-designed!