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JOURNALISM PORTFOLIO

PLATTER AND PLONK: SUBSTACK NEWSLETTER

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As part of my MA Magazine Journalism course, I have set up my own substack newsletter, called Platter and Plonk.

Every month, from December 2023 - May 2024, I will publish a new post. This newsletter is every wine and cheese lover's dream, covering everything from recommendations and recipes, to interviews with industry professionals and the history behind the pairing.

Creating my own newsletter has allowed me to gain experience using substack, an increasingly popular platform in the industry,

ALTERNATIVE CARDIFF

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'If it's offbeat and in Cardiff then it's online here.'

As part of my MA Magazine Journalism course, I have written a series of news stories for Alternative Cardiff.

Each fortnight I produce a news story for a different category on the website: social life, work life, and public life. This has allowed me to explore what's going on in the city, speak to various different sources and develop my news writing skills.

REPORTERS AND REPORTED PODCAST

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As part of my MA Magazine Journalism course, I had the pleasure of speaking to former BBC executive, Professor Richard Sambrook, for the Reporters and Reported podcast.

We discussed the importance of impartiality, identity politics, the impact of social media, and the challenges facing public service broadcasters today. Plus, Richard shared some of his advice for those looking to break into the industry!

TALKIN' 9-5 PODCAST

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As part of my MA Magazine Journalism course, I had to set up a podcast alongside two course-mates. Talkin' 9-5 set out to give listeners their weekly Cardiff work life debrief.

In our first episode, we discussed the upcoming renovations that will take place in Cardiff Market. We outlined what the plans will involve, voxpopped various different market stall owners about their opinions, and interviewed Jacob Knight -- owner of Knight Vintage, a clothing stall in the market.

CARDIFF LIFE MAGAZINE

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For two weeks in September, I joined the Cardiff Life Magazine team in their office for a work experience placement.

During my work experience I was exposed to so much of the publication's editorial process. I wrote articles, produced newsletters, posted stories and reels, contributed in planning meetings for upcoming issues, scheduled blog posts, and attended a handful of events in and around the city.

These two weeks were an amazing insight into what working as part of an editorial team involves. I learnt so much whilst gaining bylines in a publication that I admire.

QUENCH MAGAZINE

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Quench is Cardiff University's award-winning, student-led arts and culture magazine, published both online and physically.  I have been a contributing writer for Quench since the start of my time at Cardiff University, writing for a variety of different sections, such as Music, Features, Literature, Fashion, Travel, Food & Drink and Spotlight.

 

In November 2021, during my second year of university, I became an editor for the Features Section of the magazine. In my final year, I progressed onto Deputy Editor in Chief of Quench Magazine.

 

Click the button below to read the articles that I have written for Quench.

VISION MAGAZINE

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Vision Magazine is an Essex-based lifestyle publication, with a monthly readership of 275,000 people. It is distributed both via print and online, with a new edition being released every month.

From September 2022 - March 2023, I completed work experience with Vision Magazine, as a local news writer for their Leigh on Sea magazine. Within this role I responded to monthly pitches, adhered to strict deadlines and small word counts, and conducted interviews and independent research to inform my articles. This work experience allowed me to expand my journalistic experience as I gained new skills working for this publication.

Click the button below to read the articles that I have written for Vision Magazine. 

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: THE GUARDIAN MASTERCLASS

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In June 2021, I was lucky enough to attended an online feature writing workshop led by The Guardian’s Coco Khan. At the start of this workshop, Khan discussed how she began her successful career in journalism. She then taught us what differentiates a feature from a news article, along with the building blocks behind writing a successful story. We then broke off into small groups, where we were given the task of reworking the story of a children’s fairy tale into a feature for a specific publication and demographic; I was given Snow White and The National Geographic. After discussing our ideas, we pitched our article idea to Coco Khan and received extensive feedback.

THE SUNBEAM ZINE

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In January 2021 I decided to create my own digital magazine, titled The Sunbeam Zine. I created an Instagram account for the project and posted a callout for contributors. Following this, I received photography, poetry, creative writing pieces, and articles from over 60 people worldwide. I single-handedly decided what would be included in the magazine, editing, designing and publishing the final product independently on Issuu. Since its publication in March 2021, The Sunbeam Zine has been read by over 1,200 people across the world.

EMPOWORD JOURNALISM

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"A woman-led project that looks to unite and empower journalists"

Empoword Journalism is a project that was founded in May 2020. It provides a platform on which aspiring female writers and journalists are able to pitch and write their own articles. They currently have over 70 contributors writing for them and I'm very excited to be a part of this community.​ You can read the articles I've written for Empoword Journalism below.

LEIGH TOWN COUNCIL MAGAZINE

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In the summer of 2020, I wrote a 'youth perspective on lockdown' for the Leigh Town Council magazine.​ I have lived in Leigh on Sea for my whole life, so it was great to have the opportunity to contribute to the local newsletter.

 

You can read my article below.

THE LUNA COLLECTIVE

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"Fuelled by creatives, for creatives"

The Luna Collective is an independent film magazine, which curates seasonal zines, quarterly editorial magazines and more online content. They shine a light on creatives from all over the world and provide a platform for like-minded people to share their content.​ I wrote a poem about summer in lockdown, titled Summer Bummer, and it was published in their 2020 summer zine.

WELCOME TO TRAVEL

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In January of 2020, my best friend and I travelled to Australia for three months and started our journey with Welcome To Travel, a Melbourne based tour operator run by some absolute legends.​ I wrote all about what it was like to travel with my best friend, and collaborating with Welcome to Travel on this piece was so much fun. You can read the published article on their website below.

GROUNDED ZINE

Grounded is a zine that was created during the Coronavirus pandemic. For their first edition, the team at Grounded wanted to explore how the youth of today have coped during lockdown, and they did this whilst providing a creative outlet for us in this strange time!​ I wrote a love letter to Nintendo's famed video game Animal Crossing, and it was published in their first edition

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