Working in student media at university is a great way to develop your skills, meet new people and showcase your talents.
At Edinburgh we have a huge range of media-based societies catering for all interests.
For the traditional newspaper experience, The Student is the obvious port of call. The oldest student newspaper in the UK, previous writers have gone on to work in government as well as for the Guardian, the BBC and many more.
There are also several more specialised student publications.
Nomad Magazine focuses on politics and culture, publishing opinion pieces, travel journals and fiction. Sticking with fiction, PublishED is the University’s creative writing society - accepting poetry and prose submissions for their magazine The Inkwell, published each semester.
There are also subject specific publications looking for contributions from students across the University - Retrospect Journal in History, Classics and Archaeology, Leviathan in Politics and International Relations, and the Scottish Universities’ Medical Journal.
Don’t forget that student media outlets aren’t just looking for writers and editors. They also provide opportunities in the following fields:
FreshAir.org.uk is Edinburgh’s student radio station, broadcasting a huge variety of shows online 24 hours a day as well as training live events DJs. Alumni have gone on to work for the BBC, Xfm, C4 and more.
For those with an interest in science there is also EUSci, who produce a biweekly podcast on current science news and issues (as well as a biannual magazine).
Edinburgh University Movie Production Society is on hand to help you make movies! Whether you’re keen on directing, producing, acting, editing, special effects - they have the equipment and contacts to help get you started.
As well as meeting a mix of likeminded people, getting involved with one of our student media societies can help develop many skills that employers value - not just in the media industry. Working towards an Edinburgh Award in media through one of our societies can help demonstrate this, and make you stand out in a competitive job market.
Why not drop one of the societies a line - who knows where it could lead?