Strathclyde Telegraph

Meet the editors: introducing the Telegraph team for 2016/17

Jennifer Constable, Editor in Chief (@Peculiar_Jenny)

My name is Jennifer, Jenny, or J-Dog, I’m 21 years old, my star sign is Aries, and I’ve been elected as the Editor-in-Chief for the Strathclyde Telegraph for this academic year- so, first of all- hi there!

I’m a fourth year History, Journalism & Creative Writing student, with a keen interest in politics, twitter, sex, seals, and goats cheese.

Entering into my final year of an undergraduate degree means that not only am I teetering on the brink of potential unemployment and fighting off an overwhelming sense of existential denial, I’m also on the cusp of post-graduation life, and having to battle my way through an intense honours year with a weighty dissertation added in for extra anxiety, so naturally, I figured “hey, why not apply to be Editor as well?”.

During my time at uni I’ve taken on a number of roles in the Telegraph, including being last year’s Web Editor (with questionable tech savvy skills), and author of the sex and relationship column, ‘Sex and Sensibility’.

Writing, and by extension, journalism has always interested me; this idea that words somehow have the power to change things; to provoke outrage; to get people to listen and take notice; to hold folk accountable- and this is why student journalism, and a student newspaper, is so important. It gives students a voice; a platform where we can challenge and take charge. Our ability to write is our most powerful tool, and we have an obligation to make the greatest use of it that we can.

Calum Henderson, Web Editor (@CaldoHendo)

I’m Calum, a third year student of History and Politics. This year, I am the web editor for the Strathclyde Telegraph. It’s probably the only job at the newspaper I can easily do, seeing as I am currently studying in Oslo, in Norway, on the Erasmus exchange programme. When not busy trying to grapple with the Norwegian weather or avoiding lapsing into a panic attack due to the prices of alcohol in Oslo, I’ll be in constant contact with the rest of the team back home and making sure the Telegraph has a really strong online presence. If you’re lazy, and can’t be bothered finding a copy of the paper at one of the many newsstands on campus, our website is the place for you. It has all the articles that appear in the print edition, plus some extra features as well. You can also keep up to date with the latest news and events at the university by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Naina Bhardwaj, News Editor (@NainaBhardwaj96)

My name is Naina Bhardwaj, and I’m going to be taking on the role of News Editor for this coming session. I have a burning determination to become a journalist and to tell the stories that we sometimes prefer to forget. Journalism is an immediate short-term weapon to change the world. What is the essence of journalism if it doesn’t benefit society? I believe that journalism is a calling for me, to be the voice of the voiceless. I want to expose the social ills invading our society. I want to add my voice to local, regional, national and global issues. I want to tell stories that spark change and I believe that being News Editor of The Strathclyde Telegraph is the ideal opportunity for me to do so.

Alisa Wylie, Music Editor (@soakedinstatic)

Hi! I’m Alisa Wylie, I’m the music editor of this years Strathclyde Telegraph. I am now a third year English, Journalism and Creative writing student. I was introduced to music one day when my dad and I went out a for walk, needed some change so we went into a shop and he bought me a copy of Smash Hits. I’m not sure who was on the cover but that was the gateway into the rest of my life as I knew it. I’ve been writing for various music blogs for about 4 years now and I’m excited to be able to take on my role as editor. In this section you’ll be seeing more thought pieces, a new Women In Music column, cheap/free gigs of the month and I really want to hone in on local music since we’re lucky enough to be able to study in the city centre of Glasgow, which boasts great venues, with live music readily available to go and discover, and it’s right on our doorstep. Rock ‘n’ roll.

Catriona Campbell, Arts Editor (@ABlueEyedCat)

Hey there, I’m Catriona (but I go by Cat to everyone I know, even my parents) and I’m your Arts editor for the next year. I’m apparently a bit of a masochist because I’ve agreed to take this on as well on top of my honours year in History but I do like to keep myself busy.

Thus I’m the person you can usually see speeding around campus clutching onto a cup of coffee for dear life. (I will fully admit now to having a caffeine addiction and I’m pretty sure it’ll be the thing that saves me over the next year.) I will also fully confess to being a drama queen, that is I like all things drama-related whether it be film, television or stage. I am, of course, hoping that this reflects into the Arts section this year as it will be your go-to for all things film, television and writing related. I like to keep on top of all the latest releases from the big-scale blockbusters to the smaller indie flicks. Glasgow itself has a massive arts scene, whether it be all the many shows you can catch at the many theatres throughout the city, the many film festivals held here or the number of authors that hark from this neck of the woods, I hope that this section will reflect that in Glasgow, it’s all happening.

Finally I just want to say that, despite my often ‘thrown-together’ fashion sense and frazzled appearance, please don’t be afraid to approach me or message me regarding anything Telegraph-y. I promise I’m nice!

Georgia Wilkinson, Features Editor (@geowilkinson)

Hello! I’m Georgia Wilkinson, and I’ve been elected features editor for 2016/17. I’m in my honours year, studying English Literature, and I’ve been writing for the Telegraph for the past two years. In that time I’ve mostly been involved with writing features and arts reviews, and I’ve loved it so much that I couldn’t help but get involved!

In the next year, I’m hoping to carry on the legacy left to me by last year’s excellent editor, Rachael; interesting articles, written well! As well as continuing our usual output, I have a few ideas to bring something new to the section…

I’d like to include some creative writing pieces in the Telegraph, since being a published author is always good for the CV and, let’s face it, a bit of an ego boost! And, after three years of resolutely not being published by anyone, I figured it’s about time there was a regular platform, as well as a regular feature highlighting local gems – mostly because I’m bored of my usual haunts.

So that’s me. I cannot express how excited and privileged I feel to work with everyone this year!

Laura Conaghan, Health and Wellbeing Editor (@laurapb)

Personal Best and Peanut Butter…

Seemingly I’ve had a temporary blip in rational thinking and decided to put myself forward as the new health and wellbeing editor for my fourth (albeit, sadly not final) year at Strathclyde. I’m taking the moment now to introduce myself to everyone and have supplemented my introduction with a strategically angled selfie (my intended reaction would be a right swipe, plz and thank you).

As you can imagine, as the health and wellbeing editor I am quite the avid supporter of people taking care of their mental and physical health. 90% of the time you’ll find me in the gym trying to improve my deadlifts or taking a cheeky workout video on the sly (witnesses=gainz). I also incorporate an overwhelming about of peanut into my diet but don’t think my choice of crunchy over smooth should in any way influence your decision to read this section of the telegraph

Casting away for a second the impending workload I cannot tell you how excited I am to be a part of the team this year for such an important part of the Telegraph. Kudos to those who seek out the hard hitting news stories for each edition but health and wellbeing carries just as much weight, we may sit at the back of the paper but they do say to save the best till last.

I intend to take a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, tackling both the mental and physical; finance, working out, sex, relationships, anxiety, sports teams even drugs, all themes are relevant. Health and wellbeing stems further than the weight you lift at the gym and the food you put on your plate. I’m beyond excited to get started and cannot wait to see what this year has in store.

I’m only slightly disappointed that my idea for a columnist to talk about the wonders of peanut butter each month was rejected (100% the decision of someone who favours smooth).