Twinkl Portfolio

EDITORIAL

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.

Birmingham School Suspends LGBT Lessons Indefinitely

I also commissioned and edited this article about a new sustainability pledge by the University of Birmingham’s nursery.

UoB Nursery First in Birmingham to Commit to Sustainability

I wrote a news article about a new student app and how the University of Birmingham is developing its ‘digital campus.’

UoB Signs Deal for New Student App

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.

Redbrick News Investigates: Fuel Poverty In Selly Oak And Harborne

I also reported on a student petition regarding safety in the Selly Oak student area, which was then picked up by BBC West Midlands.

Students Take a Stand Against Selly Oak Crime

FREELANCE

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.

‘Is general studies a waste of time?’

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.

‘An LGBTQ+ Guide to the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.’

You can find more of my freelance writing here: https://portfolioliamtaft.wordpress.com/freelance/

WORK EXPERIENCE

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.

Students send Valentine’s cards to MPs demanding compulsory sex and relationships education

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.

5 projects that make us excited about the future of Birmingham

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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