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2021 PEACH Magazine Elections: The Official Guide

Could you be the next Editor in Chief or Deputy Editor of PEACH Magazine? We think so!

This year, we will be hosting our elections for Editor in Chief and Deputy Editor roles in March. The key dates for the elections are:

Nominations: March 1 – 8

Voting: March 10 – 17

If you are interested in the role of either Editor in Chief or Deputy Editor, this post contains all the info you’ll need in order to run! Scroll through to read the role descriptions, instructions on how to stand for an election with the Queen Mary Student’s Union, and information for events surrounding the election.

Role Descriptions

Editor in Chief

As Editor in Chief, you will be PEACH’s top dog. It will be your role to ensure that the outlet runs smoothly across all sectors while continuously coming up with new and innovative ways to keep members engaged. In other words, you’ll be the captain of the small but strong ship that is PEACH. You must be forward-thinking, creative and passionate about PEACH as both a magazine and a creative space. While your own responsibilities will vary depending on how you choose to shape your team, some of Lara’s responsibilities as EiC included:

  • Forming the 2020/21 committee alongside the Deputy Editor
  • Heading the design process on the website remodel alongside the Deputy Editor
  • Leading the design and print processes for the print-runs
  • Editing content for online and print publication
  • Signing off on all published content
  • Assisting in events and social media planning
  • Acting as the main point of contact for and between all committee sectors 
  • Managing committee administrative duties such as attending Heads of Media meetings

The role is a broad and engaging one that gives you the chance to work with a great range of people both within your own outlet and across different media outlets and societies. It is an excellent resource that allows you to build a strong network while providing you with a set of skills and experience that will look great on your CV.

Deputy Editor

As Deputy Editor, you will be PEACH Magazine’s second-in-command. It will be your role to support the EiC in the overall running of the outlet. After all, you can’t command a ship without a co-captain. Like the EiC, the Deputy Editor must be forward-thinking, creative and passionate about PEACH as both a magazine and a creative space. You must also be willing to support the EiC and PEACH administratively. While your own responsibilities will vary depending on how you choose to shape your team, some of Ameerah’s responsibilities as Deputy Editor included:

  • Forming the 2020/21 committee alongside the Editor in Chief
  • Heading the design process on the website remodel alongside the Editor in Chief
  • Assisting in the design and print processes the print-runs
  • Editing content for print publication
  • Working closely with Events and Workshop to produce PEACH events, both regular and none
  • Developing creative and innovative content ideas for Liberation Months
  • Applying for grant funding 
  • Managing committee funding and administrative duties such as expense claims and accounts

As the Editor in Chief, the role of Deputy Editor is a broad and rewarding one. Like the EiC, you will get to work with a great range of people, both within your own outlet and across different media outlets and societies. It is also an excellent resource that allows you to build a strong network while providing you with a set of skills and experience that will look great on your CV.

How to stand for a QMSU elections

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to stand for election for the role Editor in Chief or Deputy Editor, you must:

  • Be a current paid member of PEACH Magazine (you have to be a Peach!)
  • Be a continuing student at Queen Mary for the 2021/22 academic year

How to nominate yourself, manifestos, and campaigning

If you would like to nominate yourself, you can do it through the QMSU website. Nominations will open on March 1. Once nominations have opened, we will be providing a link to the nominations page via our website and social media pages. When nominating yourself, you are provided with the option to upload a manifesto. You are also highly encouraged to campaign in order to encourage voters to consider you as a candidate. The QMSU has created a handy guide on how to do all of these things! Click the file name below to download it.

As a part of our election process, we encourage all those interested in running to send us their manifestos. We will be uploading all candidate manifestos to our website and socials in order to provide every nominee with a fair chance for representation. If you are considering nominating yourself, then please send us an email with an attached document containing your manifesto to peachmagazine@qmsu.org by March 8, 11.59pm latest. We will be uploading all candidate manifestos on March 10, when voting opens.

Nominations have now opened! To nominate yourself, go to: https://www.qmsu.org/groups/10061/

Election Events

Drop-in Q&A Session with Ameerah and Lara

We will be hosting multiple events leading up to the elections. The first will be a drop-in Q&A session with Ameerah and Lara. They will be available to answer any and all questions potential candidates may have about elections, PEACH, campaigning, etc. The Q&A session will be hosted on February 23 from 6 – 8 pm on MS Teams. Because the session is drop-in, there is no need to sign-up. You can access the meeting via this link. A link to the session will also be provided in the PEACH Instagram bio.

Candidate Meet and Greet

Once all the candidates have been confirmed and voting has opened, we are considering hosting a candidate meet and greet. This will be an opportunity for voters to get to know the candidates and ask them any questions they may have. This will not be a debate. The candidate meet and greet will be confirmed as an event if all candidates consent to its happening and we can settle on a date where all candidates are available. For more info on the meet and greet, follow this space and the PEACH socials.

Congratulations! You have officially made it to the end PEACH Magazine’s 2021 Election Guide!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send us an email at peachmagazine@qmsu.org. You can also get in touch with us via our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Good luck to all the potential candidates! We so look forward to this election season and to bringing PEACH into 2021/22!