Introducing: The Edge Magazine

In General

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Student Journalism is an excellent way to get into journalism, freelance writing, marketing or just to meet new people and write about the things you enjoy. The Edge magazine provides an excellent opportunity to get involved in the ‘student journo’ world, or just try your hand at writing. Alongside Wessex Scene, they are the backbone of print journalism at the University of Southampton, so we wanted to find out more, and tell you what they have to offer!

What is your society, what do you do and who is involved?

We are The Edge, the University of Southampton’s entertainment magazine. We cover all aspects of entertainment writing, from reviews and interviews, to critical feature pieces and the latest news within the industry. We’ve covered big releases, such as an early album stream of Lady Gaga’s Chromatica, a private screening for Parasite, and an interview with The Magic Gang, right through to local university news like the Share the Sound Festival put on by our Music department, and shows put on by our theatre societies such as Be More Chill and The Trial of Dorian Gray.

Whether you study humanities or computer science we want to hear from you. To write for The Edge, the only criteria is that you’re a University of Southampton student with a love for entertainment – whether that be film, theatre, literature, or even podcasts! No experience is required, and we all started a little messy when we began writing for The Edge, so please don’t let fears about your writing ability put you off. Passion is what we’re interested in, and that will shine through no matter your experience!

When did your society form?

The Edge was originally created in 1995 as a supplement of our sister magazine Wessex Scene. However, in 2011 we became our very own publication, publishing separately from Wessex Scene.

How many members do you have?

We have over 100 writers and a committee of 16 members. We have a huge team of writers and we would love even more people to join us! 

What makes you different to other societies?

What makes us different is our society was not built on the social aspect, so you can write for The Edge and not be involved on a social level. But we also have a huge social aspect in which we hold workshops, socials and even music festivals – The Edgetival. As we are an entertainment magazine we get many opportunities to interview celebrities, attend gigs and festivals for free, whilst making friends along the way. It is the perfect society for those who want a career in journalism, love freebies or just want to break up their day by writing about their favourite musician. 

How would you describe a social/workshop/meeting with your society?

Outside of writing, we can often be found debating who will win the latest series of RuPaul’s Drag Race at The Bridge. Our socials vary as we try to be as inclusive as possible by ensuring not all our socials revolve around drinking as this excludes many of our writers. We host movie nights, games nights, a book club and the occasional pub crawl which always ends at the Palace of Dreams (Jesters). We will also be hosting a variety of online socials on our Discord channel, so for those who don’t want to leave the house to socialise we have you covered.

We will also be hosting a variety of workshops on how to review theatre, how to interview and many more. These workshops will be both online and in-person. So, if you want to join a book club, watch your favourite movies on Netflix Party, listen to new albums together on our Discord server, visit art museums, and of course the odd pub crawl, then The Edge is the perfect society for you!

Who should join?

Anyone who has a love for any aspect of entertainment – we want to hear from you! No matter your writing ability or experience all we care about is your love (or even hate) for entertainment. There is no quota to write for us, you can write once then never again or 100 times a day – what you put into The Edge is entirely up to you. 

We are also a great society for those who love movies, gigs, theatre and more but don’t have the money to buy tickets to every event you want to go to. We get free tickets to show in exchange for a review, so you can spend your years at Southampton never having to spend a dime. 

How can new students find you?

You can find us in the links below: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theedgesusu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theedgesusu
Instagram: http://instagram.com/theedgesusu

Here are our writers’ groups for those who want to get started:
Main Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/491741914289867
News Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/950892545338823
Interviews/Tickets Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/724329478329145
Records Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/275144090579220
Culture/Film Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2502754120016445

If this sounds like the publication for you, or if you want to give writing a go, make sure to contact The Edge on the links above to get set up with a writers account, it’s so easy, and will allow you to start writing, reviewing and getting involved!

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