Let’s take a moment to step outside of the proverbial bubble – as so many parents, therapists and careers councillors have advised us to do. Whether you’re a keen fresher, a jaded fourth-year or a sceptical postgrad, zoom out for a moment, until this little fishing town is just a dot on a map.
Far enough? Good. Now we can be objective. Consider what makes this town special. St Andrews is a unique place for all sorts of reasons which you can read about in any good prospectus or hear about from your slightly over-zealous student ambassador friend. Nevertheless, one of my favourites is the sheer quantity of student publications. Many other universities only offer one or two newspapers or magazines, which are often – for good or for bad – regulated by the student union or university itself. In this sleepy town where so many societies and aspects of student life are weighed down or limited by tradition and bureaucracy, high-quality and independent broadcast and print journalism flourishes year on year.
So where does The Tribe fit into this – and why should you read us? We are mostly an arts and culture magazine, garnering a solid reputation in recent years for our events reviews and opinion pieces. We are proud to be writer-centric and independent from the university and the union, meaning we regular publish student voice and opinion pieces. We also have a news section and publish art, photography and creative writing, running competitions and events around this. We have a team of editors and staff writers but accept content from anyone who wishes to contribute.
I think we’re pretty special, and it’s worth sticking around to see what happens.
Nevertheless, no-one should limit themselves to one media outlet. I recommend reading widely and without bias – some of my favourite pieces of student journalism have been featured in niche or subject-specific magazines, reviews or journals which I would not normally look at. Most content is available online, so it’s all free and very easy to find. Listen to a random show on student radio – not just the one your mates are on – and watch some student-produced film or TV. Support and embrace new writing and art by reading society journals and going along to events like poetry slams and music nights – often these are free.
Or – better still – write or contribute yourself. I am proud of the record we have set of people standing up for what they believe in in articles they have written for us at The Tribe, and voicing opinions which I have been told more than once would not have been voiced in other student publications. But anyone with something to say is welcome to contribute to us; simply get in touch with me or the relevant editor (details on the website).
We are The Tribe, and we can’t wait for another year with you.
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