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My name is Madeleine Balcombe. I am a 22 year old trainee journalist, currently studying towards a PPA-accredited MA in Magazine Journalism at Cardiff University.


I graduated from a three year BA degree in Journalism, Media and English Literature with a First Class Honours in July 2023.

With a passion for all things lifestyle and culture, I have covered a number of topics in my work so far, from food and travel, health and wellness, beauty and fashion, the latest trends and current affairs.

I have bylines in a number of publications, including Time Out London, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly, Chat, and Cardiff Life Magazine.

In 2020, I created the 'Living My Best Life' blog. What started as a project to curb my lockdown boredom quickly became much more than this. Spending time creating a blog led me to quickly realise my love for writing, editing and creating content. 

Since the creation of this website in 2020, my passion for journalism has continued to grow, and I have developed a variety of skills. I have excellent writing, researching, pitching, interviewing and commissioning skills; created a magazine brand from scratch; interpreted analytics and used SEO to develop content strategies; launched my own Substack newsletter; used Adobe Suite programmes (like InDesign and Photoshop); and gained basic teeline shorthand skills.

My interest in journalism continues to grow everyday, and I am currently looking for starting roles in the lifestyle journalism sector.

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