Career Update: Freelance Consumer Writer

I am currently working as a freelance consumer writer at Good Housekeeping (Hearst Magazines). My responsibilities include writing web articles, creating and updating digital content for product placement in articles and proofing articles for print. I am also responsible for building online articles and updating articles with new consumer advice. I have gained experience using Censhare, photoshop and the in-hous website builder. Below are some of the web articles I have written during my three weeks at the magazine.

The germiest places in  your house and how to clean them

The best way to keep your house pest free

5 top tips to keep your houseplants looking healthy

Stop branding millennials as one dimensional voters: there’s more to our politics than tuition fees

In a contemporary age that demands intimate connection to others through technology, the Tory campaign of isolation has hammered a vast rift between Theresa May and student voters.

This morning I was interviewed by Nick Robinson on his BBC Radio 4 show ‘Political Thinking’ about student support for Labour and our attitudes on Corbyn’s promise to scrap tuition fees and potentially reduce student debt. Before the interview I reached out to a number of students using social media, asking their opinions on why they’ve chosen to vote Labour next week and if the tuition fee promise had swayed their choice. The answer to the latter was a resounding no.

Why are students turning to labour for this general election? The tuition fee promise was a token gesture, one that many seem to appreciate. To suggest it is a core reason for student votes, however, is to brand the ‘Millennial’ generation as one dimensional and selfishly driven. As a collective group, students have a wide ranging number of concerns about the state of our country and university debt falls far down on our list.
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From my half-hearted Facebook post research, the core issues surrounding Labour support centred on the issue of trust. Put simply, students are struggling to trust Theresa May and the Conservatives while seeing Corbyn as transparent, honest and principled. One University of Liverpool-based respondent labelled the Labour leader as “committed and outspoken”, expressing admiration for Corbyn’s dedication to issues he’d fought for “since he began in politics decades ago”. A second Liverpool student echoed these sentiments: “One of the main reasons is that I feel like he actually cares about people.” Another student from Cardiff University said: “Corbyn has actually given me some hope, and I kinda believe in the sincerity of a politician for once”.

Other priority voting intentions centred around protecting the NHS, perhaps emphasising the healthcare service’s position as a public service which the majority of voters, young and old, most frequently engage with. The same student from Cardiff University told me: “Having been in and out of hospital my whole life and being from an area where people can’t afford private healthcare, it’s something that I’m really really passionate about… The state of the NHS and what Corbyn can do for it is what makes me want to vote for him more than anything.”

Tuition fees were rarely mentioned in the responses — one memorable respondent stated that she didn’t even agree with free tuition, but would still be voting Labour regardless.

What does this tell us about student voting intentions? It’s clear that lumping us together as a homogenous group fails to observe the intricacies of our voting patterns. Sure, we are largely Labour-looking but our considerations in politics expand well beyond targeted student policies. Students are looking outside of their own life experiences and integrating social welfare and collective progression into their political beliefs.

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Labour represents a breath of fresh air in the backlog of political narrative that has regularly patronised, disengaged with and even ignored the youth and student vote. There can be no greater measure of student enthusiasm, or ‘Corbyn-mania’, than a recent Tab report that a Hyde Park, Leeds rally from the man drew crowds of around 3,000 students. Corbyn’s decision to sit down for an interview with The Tab itself reflects Labour’s acknowledgement of the importance of youth engagement for success next Thursday (Highly recommended reading, if only for the one liner: “Snog, marry, avoid: Theresa May, Tim Farron and Paul Nuttall? Well Theresa May has been avoiding me of late, so I don’t think I can give a fair answer”).

The populist ‘Millennial’ definition brands our age group as selfie-absorbed narcissists who enjoy watching vlogs about ‘what’s in my bag’? Most people can recognise the limitations of that definition. What this election campaign has and is showing is that in the UK youth voters are increasingly looking towards a progressive future for our country which encourages collective politics, demanding improvements across board, regardless of the personal gain of the individual voter.

Of course, as I mentioned in my interview, this conclusion is drawn from the bubble of campus living. Quite where the youth voting intentions of non-higher education millennials stands is much harder to calculate: will there be increased voting percentages at all for non-campus voters? Equally questionable is the power of so-called ‘shy tories’ — the right-leaning students within the university bubble whose views are locked away in fear of the aggressively vocal left wing voices that dominant campus political discussion.

What is certain is that Corbyn’s campaign pathway of targeting student-heavy rallies and his willingness to talk, discuss and engage with students has worked exponentially better than Theresa May’s refusal to engage with not only student voters, but countrywide voters as a whole. In a contemporary age that demands intimate and continuous connection to others through technology, the Tory campaign of isolation and distance has hammered a vast rift between Theresa May and student voters.

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Interview with Nick Robinson on BBC Radio 4 Political Thinking

This morning I was interviewed alongside fellow Tab colleague Emily Lawford by Nick Robinson on his BBC Radio 4 Political Thinking show. We were discussion mass student support for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party as well as questioning if the tuition fee promise has been important in swaying the student vote.  The show was aired at 11:00am today, but you can listen to the podcast here. To skip to our segment, forward to 05:49.

Just a warning: I'm the second voice talking, not the first as Nick Robinson initially suggests!

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