As part of my Digital News Editor role at Redbrick – the University of Birmingham’s student newspaper – I write and edit news articles about education-related topics.
I edited this piece about LGBTQ+ sex and relationships education in primary schools, after protests erupted in Birmingham.
I also commissioned and edited this article about a new sustainability pledge by the University of Birmingham’s nursery.
I wrote a news article about a new student app and how the University of Birmingham is developing its ‘digital campus.’
Last Autumn, I spent two months investigating fuel poverty in the areas surrounding the University of Birmingham. I conducted a survey, analysed government data, and interviewed Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe.
I also reported on a student petition regarding safety in the Selly Oak student area, which was then picked up by BBC West Midlands.
I have written articles on a freelance basis for publications including HUCK, i-D, tmrw, and more.
My first successful commission was for The Guardian aged 17. I wrote about the General Studies A-level for the Blogging Students section and interviewed students from across the country.
I have also produced blogs for HuffPost, including this piece about LGBTQ+ theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe, which was one of the top four most viewed entertainment articles that day.
You can find more of my freelance writing here: https://portfolioliamtaft.wordpress.com/freelance/
In 2017, I completed work experience at Gay Times Magazine as an editorial intern. I wrote this news article about students who sent Valentine’s cards to MPs, in an attempt to demand compulsory LGBTQ+ education in schools.
In 2018, I worked with Riley Raven, a creative content agency in Birmingham, as an editorial intern. I was invited to produce a blog post for their new website launch.
This is just a small sample of my writing. To read more of my work, please visit my full portfolio page: https://portfolioliamtaft.wordpress.com