The Gazette is looking for a few new daily editors. Join a great team of people and help us manage the most popular media site in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc!
What are you looking for? We are looking for people who are available 2-3 days per month (our crack scheduler, Baron Magnus, does a monthly roster for the editors, taking into consideration everyone’s availability for the month). You need to have access to the internet, be on Facebook, and have the ability to edit articles and announcements. Access to photo editing software is a plus. We use WordPress for the blog, and have a good tutorial available for new editors.
On your editing day, you go through the in-box, edit and put up any articles there, check for corporate or officer announcements, and check the drafts section to see what is in the queue.
When we started, we had editors with specific coverage areas (cooking, different regions of the Kingdom, martial arts, etc.) but that’s changed – you can solicit articles on any topic, and we all cover the general news equally. Anything contentious gets discussed on our private FB page before being posted.
Do I need to have a title or rank to be an editor? Absolutely not.
How do I apply? Send a letter (you can attach your SCA and mundane resumes if you’d like) to the Gazette email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us about yourself and why you would like to be a Gazette editor. We’d love to hear from you!
We asked the hard-working staff of the Gazette to offer a few of their SCA-related 2016 resolutions. Happy New Year to all!
Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin’s 2016 SCA Resolution:
There are so many activities I love in the SCA (probably too many!), but one of the things dearest to me is our Equestrian Program. I may be one of the few people who bought a horse specifically to ride in SCA events (most of our riders already own horses or are very active in riding in the modern world). However, it’s been a few years of ups and downs with time, horse health issues, and overcoming a lack of confidence on my part. My resolution and goal for this year is to really up my riding game, and be able to canter in at least one activity in this year’s Kingdom Equestrian Championships. And I would like for all of you in Æthelmearc to come out and support the program by being there to cheer all of us on!
THL Ursula of Rouen has this to say about 2016:
I’m pretty big on goals and while my SCA goals usually get revisited at War Practice for the year I took some time to stop and think about what I wanted to achieve in 2016. I came up with one resolution and one goal. My resolution is to support the scribal community as much as possible. I plan to do this by encouraging others to jump into the wonderful world of scribal (seriously, if I can do it, anyone can!), attending local scribal nights, learning at least one new technique and teaching it to others, and helping no less than three people complete a start-to-finish scroll blank for the first time. My goal is to branch out and attend events in at least four kingdoms this year. My mundane job, and new geographic location don’t allow me to travel as much as I once did, and I plan to take advantage of my new location by attending events in bordering groups and kingdoms. I encourage you all to attend a new event you haven’t been to before in a new group or kingdom you don’t get to as often as you like, oh and seek out or start your own local scribal night! Happy 2016!
Baroness Miriel Du Lac’s 2016 Resolution:
My Resolution this year is to advance myself in fencing. A goal that I started last year and wish to continue. Not only to continue to practice and fight as much as I can, but to seek out other fighters that I’d normally be afraid to take on, fight them, and get feedback on how I can improve as a fighter. As the Baroness of The Rhydderich Hael I hope to use my new position to support and encourage the fencers and fencing community in my Barony, to stand with the fighters in battle, and know by example that I will back them in anyway I can.
The fine words of Lord Christian Goldenlok:
What I find very interesting about the SCA is how dichotomous the inclusion is. There are thousands of SCAdians with their activity eggs all in one basket. (fencing or heavy fighting or the fiber arts.).
There are others who dabble in every single thing out there. I wish to look for opportunities to use my extroversion to help nurture a greater sense of unity among different SCAdian niches. Yes, in fact you can fence and heavy fight. Yes, you can sew and shoot archery in the same day. If those people who fight well also desire to sew I want to help point those people in the right direction and encourage them to be as well rounded as possible.
My second goal is to continue to strive to attend every event I can get to. I want to get faster and stronger and change my armor around a bit. I had a really successful summer season and we put about five thousand miles on the car and when I couldn’t drive, I tried to network a ride.
When I traveled, I found that there were literally strangers waiting to embrace me. I solidified friendships with those from Yankee AEThelmearc. Generally, I feel that the typical SCAdian gets out of it what they put into it. I’ve always come away with very positive feelings, especially in the heavy fighting community.
Lastly, I want to be the fighter people send new fighters to. I want to be the one to fight the person three days into wearing armor. I want to give minimal instruction and a feeling of maximum inclusiveness to those people who are new to the fight. I have been sought out for new fighters’ authorization before and I love the feeling that I helped introduce them to the sport that I love so deeply.
I could keep going and going and going and going……
Baron Magnus de Lyons’s 2016 resolutions:
First off I want to finally get a gym membership (yeah…just kidding). 2015 was a busy year for me and I don’t expect 2016 to slow down any time soon. On the martial front I would like to continue to advance my skill as a fencer by obtaining at least one additional authorization (I am thinking dagger). My goal for heavy fighting is simple…do more of it. I also promised a few friends that I would fight in the combat of the 30 at Pennsic. Getting the kit in order is still a long road but one that I am willing to walk (but might have to run at this point). My leather working and crafting was sorely neglected last year. My goal this year is to finally clear my very long to-do list (I think I have about 20 items on it) and that will include at least one or two items for my own use. My goal as Baron of the Rhydderich Hael is to continue to push the idea of “fun first”. This means looking at our events and practices from the stand point of people enjoying their activities first and balancing this enjoyment with the traditions and more formal aspects of the SCA. My goal for the Gazette this year is to publish more articles. I only had one good one last year and I really want to correct that this year (assuming I can settle on a topic).
Staff Member: Duchess Branwyn ferch Gwythyr Staff Title: Region 4 (Western NY)
What made you want to join the Gazette staff?
I’ve found the East Kingdom Gazette rather helpful in finding things out sometimes, and I thought it likely that the Æthelmearc version would be even better!
I also enjoy editing, and have been working with WordPress a bit in other areas, so it felt like something I could do.
What do you like most about being on the Gazette staff?
I like seeing what other people are writing and knowing what’s going on in the Kingdom and the Known World. The other editors are really great people, and I like being involved in something for and about our Kingdom.
At various points I’ve been a Chatelaine, and what I love about that is introducing the SCA to people, so it’s fun to be involved in something that promotes and connects the Society.
How has the Gazette been received in your area?
I believe it’s been received well. It’s a helpful resource, and people enjoy reading about the different things happening in our Kingdom, and in the Society at large.
What kinds of articles would you like to encourage people to submit?
My favorites to read have been those which give a background or a more in-depth look at things we might otherwise gloss over or assume we know everything about. I would love to see more of those.
I think we have a tendency to find our niche and stick to it, and that’s great for learning a lot about one area, but I appreciate finding ways to expand and make connections to other parts of the Society.
There are often hidden wonders in other areas that we might otherwise not explore.
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