Stacey, 3rd year English Literature and Politics, Online Co-editor
Chloë, 4th year English Language, Online Co-editor
Who are you?
S: I’m Stacey, a third year English Literature and Politics student. I’m from Glasgow and I’m known for always trying to convince people to come on a night out with me, and then to let me crash with them so I don’t have to trek home.
C: Hi! I’m Chloë and I’m in fourth year studying English Language! I’m most famous for that one time I tweeted about an egg and it went semi-viral.
What is your role on the team? What do you do?
S: I’m one of two online editors and our role is mostly behind the scenes. We’re responsible for putting up every article you’ll see on our website and its corresponding social media links. Basically, if you see me at meetings and I’m sitting quietly on my laptop, it’s because I’m getting ready to tweet for [qmunicate]’s account again. I also post to the Instagram and Snapchat accounts when I’m feeling particularly creative, as well as coming up with themes for Spotify playlists for all the contributors to get involved with.
C: I’m one half of the online editing team! I’m responsible for taking edited articles and posting them online. (Also, everything Stacey just said!)
What is your favourite thing about Glasgow?
S: It’s got to be the vibrancy of the city. I know it’s a total clichéd answer, but it’s not a cop out, because it’s completely true. We’re a reasonably small city but there are so many diverse things to do; you could find something new every day if you wanted to. Whether it’s going out and exploring the vivacious nightlife, or finding an undiscovered coffee shop, it’s all possible in Glasgow. And nothing’s ever too far.
C: I love being in such a diverse and beautiful city. I’m from a tiny town so to me, Glasgow seems huge. There’s so much to do and so many places to see – you’re never bored!
How did you get involved with [qmunicate]?
S: A QMU helper got chatting to me during my own freshers’ week! I think he felt a bit bad for me because I showed up to the white t-shirt party alone and we ended up chatting for ages about music. I was already involved in writing for music blogs, and when I mentioned this, he let me know about [qmunicate]. I didn’t write much in first year because I found myself too busy trying to adjust to my new life, and when I did write, I restricted myself to the music section, but in second year I became much more involved and haven’t looked back since.
C: I got involved in [qmunicate] in my second year. I’m really keen to get into journalism and I realised that student journalism was the best place to start! I was first a contributor and then the Publications Lefty, and then this year I became an editor! I thought I’d keep it low-key when I started getting involved, just come along to a few meetings and see what it was like but then I tripped and fell… Now I’m that guy who accidentally likes memes on the qmunicate twitter account and subtly deletes them before anyone notices.
What is your advice to someone wanting to get involved?
S: Just to go for it, to not overthink it. I never used to speak in meetings at all, and was too timid to raise my hand the first few times, but that was all unnecessary! The pitches that bring out the most diverse perspectives from people usually make the best articles.
C: I would say to dive right in. Being a contributor is really chill: you can just pop along and only take part when you feel comfortable. When you hear a pitch you’re keen on writing, or even have something interesting to say about it just stick your hand up and let us know. The meetings may seem a little intimidating at first but after you’ve spoken once it becomes a lot easier!
What makes online different to print?
S: Online is instant, so it’s much easier to stay topical. You can get things online and promoted while the topic is still relevant, rather than having to wait for the issue to be printed. It’s also good because you can incorporate social media to watch its reach grow. Similarly, the limits are essentially endless: it becomes instantly accessible no matter where you are, whereas the print is effectively confined to campus.
C: It’s cool to be able to see how many people have viewed a post, and their reactions to it as well! I think online also gives us the opportunity to broaden our reach as social media can allow our posts to be seen all over the world, not just on campus in Glasgow.
What’s your ideal playlist theme?
S: My ideal playlist would be one that can encompass all my niches. I haven’t been able to think of a theme that covers this yet. Ideally it’d be something that could cover everything from rap that ironically samples vaporwave, to the most euphoric yet staggeringly heartbreaking pop songs, with a running order that would look like Death Grips to Abba to Bicep. That’s basically my iTunes: maybe my ideal playlist theme is just my own taste in music.
C: I love upbeat playlists, so some sort of party playlist. I’d go for tons of Ariana Grande and Beyoncé… I don’t care if that makes me basic!
[Image Credits: Aike Jansen]