Questions from the Media
The media will likely want to know general information about the SCA at-large, the local group, and yourself. Local information is especially important, as many media representatives will choose a community-interest angle and will want to show what local people are doing.
The following are designed as starting points to prepare yourself and your group for media interactions. Things will go more smoothly and you will feel more comfortable if you prepare ahead of time. Of course, you can’t anticipate everything but this will help you respond to the most commonly-asked questions:
- How/when did the SCA get started? The SCA was started in 1966 in Berkeley, California after a theme party. Following the party, a group got together to discuss the idea of a medieval re-creation and re-enactment group (similar to the Civil War re-enactment groups).
- How many people are in the SCA? Players in the Society number over 30,000 paying members and over 100,000 active participants throughout the world.
- What’s the timeframe? The SCA time period is generally defined as pre-1600 CE, concentrating on the Western European High Middle Ages. Members also focus on pre-600 cultures, including Roman and Greek, and there are many members who study Near East, Mongol, and Eastern Asian cultures.
- When did the local group get started?
- How many people are in the local group?
- How did you get involved in the SCA?
- What do you (personally) do in the SCA?
- What are the activities available in the SCA?