#GoodbyeTNS - A lifeline at the right time
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Image: Stina Tweeddale of Honeyblood by Paul Hudson via FlickrWe’ve also had many an interesting feature including articles on prototypes to enhance deaf people’s experience of music, the economic and environmental impact of streaming and an analysis of the gender imbalance in pop.
I’ve not just written for music though, also penning the occasional piece under the broader “culture” umbrella. In November I discoursed on my namesake Alasdair Gray and in the following month, I paid tribute to the late poet, Tom Leonard – a champion of language as spoken in Glasgow and recent translator of Brecht into Scots.
But much more than simply racking up reads, The National Student have taught me a lot about the industry and encouraged me to professionalise what I produce. It has given me insight into how stories are developed and increased my confidence to chase leads. Lastly, although I was only able to attend a single conference, I feel part of a team of dedicated contributors and editors. While I encountered just a handful face to face, constant emailing back and forth has led to many cordial acquaintances. I will be sad to see the last days of The National Student, but I shall remain proud of what we achieved together.