I’m Alisha, the events coordinator for the MJP society. This article gives you an overview of what we do as members of the MJP society.
First of all, MJP stands for media, journalism and publishing, meaning that our members are predominantly students from these courses or other humanities-based subjects at Brookes such as English Literature. Fear not, there are no special requirements for our society – you simply have to be a student at Brookes enrolled on a course, it doesn’t matter if you’re an undergrad, postgrad, full-time or past-time or based at a campus that isn’t Headington. Anyone can join.
We are currently a free society to join so there is no fee to pay!
The MJP society committee is made up of five wholesome gals, both undergrad and postgrad, who all study publishing and share a mutual love of online quizzes. See above for a picture of us (Sammy, our wonderful undergrad is a little camera shy so she isn’t pictured here but she is very much a part pf our team).
Our aim as a society is to make future connections within our chosen (and connected) industries with each other and to have a lot of fun whilst doing it.
Given the current climate, we can’t hold in person events but we have been getting to know each other over zoom events. So far, we have been running quizzes using kahoot as we love how it interactive it is and members that live together can form a team and play along together.
We are also hoping to run a Christmas themed quiz in December, so make sure to follow our Instagram (@mjpsociety) to look out for updates from us about the date and time of that as there may be a small prize involved!
We have also recently started running our very own book club because it didn’t take long to work out that we are all massive book lovers and we wanted to share our passion as a committee with our lovely members. The way the book club works is; we make and post a poll on our Instagram story that will be up for 24 hours with a few different options of books to choose from, you then vote for the book you are most looking forward to reading, the new book club pick is announced, and you have a month to read it. Once the month is up, we will set up a zoom or google meet online meeting where our members who have chosen to join in on the book club for the month come along and chat about what we all thought about the book. Usually, we prepare a few short questions just to get the ball rolling with our discussion but we don’t want it to feel like you are in a seminar so we make sure we have some casual chit chat and talk about the cover and other books it reminded us of. We mostly just like seeing your faces.
And of course, you can contact us anytime via email or our social media handles with any suggestions you may have for book club picks. We love hearing recommendations from our members.
Speaking of books, we are hoping to run a book exchange in the new year too! So get reading over the Christmas holidays and you can trade in your old read for a quarantined new book.
It is also worth you knowing that as a committee we have started a series of online interviews relating to the publishing industry named ‘Ask a publishing professional’ which can be found on our Instagram. Members of our committee reach out to industry professionals and ask them a short series of questions about their role, how they came to be in the professional position they are in, what they like about the industry and any tips they can spare for us students hoping to secure jobs like theirs one day. These interviews are all pretty short at around ten minutes long so you can watch them as you eat your lunch or when you’re on the U1/U5 heading to campus.
Hopefully soon we can expand into other areas, such as asking journalism professionals similar questions, as we want you all to get as much out of the society as you can.
That’s it from us at the MJP society. We hope to see an email or DM from you soon.