Next in our continuing series on our Gazette Editorial Staff.
Name: Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope
Editor Area/Title: A&S and Youth Combat Editor
What made you want to join the Gazette staff:
I thought the SCA’s newsletter system was outmoded and needed to be replaced with something more relevant to modern methods of communication. I had read and was impressed by the East Kingdom Gazette, and asked Tiercelin about creating one here almost a year ago. I wanted to see a similar venue in Æthelmearc for timely news and articles that people throughout the Kingdom would find valuable and interesting, and I’m thrilled that it’s happened and worked out so well.
What do you like most about being on the Gazette staff?
I get to write about whatever strikes my fancy. As a teenager, I toyed with the idea of being a reporter, but ultimately decided against it as a career that was too much work and not enough pay. Now I get to do it! And it’s too much work with no pay….
But that’s ok because I can choose my topics and work on my own schedule. I really enjoy both the process of writing the articles and the pleasure others tell me they get from reading them. In particular, I’ve learned a lot from the interviews I’ve done, which kind of surprised me — I’ve been in the SCA for 38 years and I thought I knew most of what the SCA is about and how it operates. I guess there’s always something new to learn.
How has the Gazette been received in your area?
Very well. Quite a few people have told me how much they enjoy the Gazette.
What kinds of articles would you like to encourage people to submit?
Really, anything. Most of the submissions we get are more announcements than articles. I’d like to see people submit more opinion pieces, stories about things that have happened to them in the SCA, how they think things could be done differently or better, short A&S how-to articles like the ones THL Deryk Archer does about making archery targets, things like that. There are a lot of people with unique and interesting perspectives on the Society in our Kingdom, and I’d really like their voices to be heard!
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