My week in the Scotcampus office has taught me several things: sitting in a chair all day is surprisingly tiring, Twitter followers take work to gain, and working for a magazine is as fun as it sounds.
On Monday we were given free reign over our first feature. For the website’s Style section, I listed reasons why charity shops beat the high street for fashion and more. Then, to get readers excited about Futures Fest, I looked into why and where students and graduates go abroad to kickstart their careers. That afternoon we went on a jaunt with PR Manager Craig to the City of Glasgow College to advertise Futures Fest and get students on board for the seminars in March.
After picking up the new Bombay Bicycle Club album on my way home, I stuck it on in the office and wrote a review for the Music section. It will make you want to dance more than anything they have done before. To fill the pages of the Futures Fest mag which will be distributed at the event, I wrote a feature about going beyond your degree and getting experience across the board at uni.
On Wednesday, the news of the Equal Marriage Bill finally being passed made for a great bit of Hump Day Inspiration. Pat on the back for Scotland!
The following day I opened a whole can of worms by attempting to sum up the importance of the Independence Referendum in Don’t Waste Your Vote. See it as a jumping-off point for your own political research. It is our future after all. A handful of our lovely Futures Fest speakers sent over answers to some questions to give us a taster of what their seminars will be like. I worked these into features about Mentorn Media production company, A&R extraordinaire Yvonne McLellan, Radio 1 producer Lee-ann Howieson, and fashion designer Samantha McEwen. Her amazing label Isolated Heroes has made me worried for the lifespan of my next student loan instalment.
Today I finished with a brief overview of some of the e-petitions making waves on Change.org right now. In between times we have got involved with the behind-the-scenes event planning going into Futures Fest. I contacted universities and schools, searched for exhibitors, shared promotional ideas, and ran the Twitter account. I have already signed up for a couple of seminars, so I can’t wait to see how all the hard work pays off at the event.
This week has made a brilliant change from lectures, acting like a grown-up media-type in the city centre. The creative freedom to write what we would want to read has been encouraging. Aileen and the whole team have been very welcoming, and told enough bad jokes to get me through the month. Thanks Scotcampus!