I’m Alexandra, and I’ll be the editor-in-chief of The Tribe this year! Before I go into what that means to me (which is a bit irrelevant at the moment but still inevitable considering that I’m the one writing this article), I thought I’d break down what my position as Editor-in-Chief might mean to you, as well as what, precisely, I think The Tribe is.
As far as my job, I’ll be overseeing all content throughout its editorial process. I can ensure that every submission will go through at least two sets of eyes before ultimate publication. That way, you know that your work will always be at its unbiased best and I can sleep soundly at night.
I’ll also be organising with Elliot, our Deputy Editor, a series of events and promotions to ensure that you’re always aware of where your work might best fit our needs. We don’t want you to feel unsure about submitting your journalistic or creative writing because you don’t know where precisely to send it. I see my job as managerial first, editorial second, and social third (this means wine).
I’m happy to field any questions regarding which section to submit to, whether your work fits our criteria for publication, and what the publication itself can do for you (or alternatively, your affiliated society or club). I’m open to collaboration, multimedia submissions, and obviously work that could be categorised as more traditionally journalistic. More importantly, I’m very excited to foster a furthered level of comfort with the writing and editing process and use what experience I have in those fields as a means to alleviate any hazy fears associated with journalism, more specifically, student journalism.
What you should know is that there’s no minimum or maximum level of experience we look for in any prospective writer. If you write a piece and want to submit it, please do! We’d love to hear from you.
I’ve been involved with The Tribe from my first year at St Andrews (at the moment I’m about to begin my third year towards an English degree hopefully combining old novels, new poems, and middle aged plays). I’ve submitted work as a writer, and acted as sub-editor of the Film (now Film and TV, how exciting) section. I’ve been on both sides of the editorial process which is why I was so thrilled to be picked as The Tribe’s next editor-in-chief; I want to be sure that how we edit is conducive to how you write and submit your work, and if it’s not, I want to be available so that you, our prospective and ongoing writers, can tell me what we can do to make this better.
I’ve been writing and editing for as long as I could string together words to make a story, and I want The Tribe to provide what my notebook does otherwise for me: creative space for your thoughts and projects free from the restrictions academic and Union affiliation can otherwise impose. That’s not to say that I want the magazine to come across as unfiltered or inarticulate; at its best, I hope we provide continuous quality content in an environment that feels accepting and interested.
Having your ‘work featured in an independent publication’ is a phraseology that can mean a lot on a CV, or in a job interview. Equally, for more creative submissions, having a link to a publication that can generate a quantitatively displayed level of viewership is nothing but an asset to your portfolio. We’re very keen to showcase and display visual and written art in The Tribe, and make use of our Creative Writing as well as Art and Photography sections. That’s why I wanted to make a point of using our summer to introduce the various editors we have and how they envision each of their sections. If they’ve done their jobs well, you’ll have a general idea of where the section at hand stands now, and also what you might want to do to craft it to suit your needs.
I’m proud of the fact that we are a writer-centric publication, which means the content we generate is on the basis of what you want to submit and how you’d like it to be palated. We’ll all be easy to approach if you have questions or concerns about the integrity of your work within our publication, or if you’re interested in hearing more about our editorial process. How we are perceived is invariably connected to what you write and submit to us. We want to be transparent and adherent to your integrity as a writer, while still making sure your work is at its best! Stay tuned for a few events from us throughout the year so you’ll have the opportunity to meet our editorial team (I’m very lucky to have such a talented group of people to work with this year!) and see what projects we have in store, and get writing everyone! Please.
Interested in writing for The Tribe or have questions about editorial sections, applications, or ideas? Contact Alexandra at email@example.com .