Category Archives: Journalism

About my career, my experiences and other ideas in the field.

Day 1-8: Building a playground in Uganda

It’s day 8 of my Ugandan adventure and finally, after more than a week of no electricity, let alone internet, I’ve finished my project with East African Playgrounds! Have a read of what I’ve been up to so far (oh, and Andy says hi).

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Day 0: A new adventure

Uganda MapIt’s a bit of a strange feeling. I’m sat here in my room, bag packed, ready to set off on another adventure.

Around this time one year ago, my best friend Andy King sent me a message asking if I wanted to become an Adventure Leader for Warwick RAG, taking a group of university students across Uganda on a gorilla trek and volunteering project for charity East African Playgrounds. I said yes.

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Sian goes ape in Bedgebury

Anyone who knows me even a little should have some idea about how much of an adrenaline junkie I am. I mean, I did a bungee jump in Central America, for goodness’ sake.

So when I (along with my bestie Becca) was offered the chance to visit Go Ape in Bedgebury, Kent and try out their Tree Top Adventure, I jumped at the opportunity, having missed that adrenaline rush as of late.

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Book reviews for 2014

So, as a number of you know, I have been set some challenges to complete for charity over the 12 Days of Christmas. Sally set me a challenge to post two book reviews: one of my favourite book I’ve read this year, and one of my least favourite.

As an English Literature student, I really appreciate this challenge: firstly because it forces me to review all of the books I’ve read this year (which is a lot, but still not enough) and secondly gives me an excuse to write about novels in a non-academic style. I haven’t done this in a while, so forgive me if they’re not very well-written… Anyway, here goes.

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Sian goes skiing

So after trying pole fitness at the beginning of the summer and absolutely loving it, I decided that I’d like to try some more new sports. So to end my 2014 with a bang, I thought it would be cool to give skiing a go for the first time in my life.

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Sian goes to Uganda

This blog post has been brewing for a few months now, and I can’t believe that I’m actually, finally writing it. Suddenly this feels extremely real.

So here’s my big announcement: over summer 2015, I am going to Uganda to volunteer with East African Playgrounds (EAP). And I really, really need your help to do this.

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A few goodbyes

Over the summer, I made the difficult decision to have to step down from some of my editorial positions before I start my finals this year (tomorrow, actually). I decided that holding six editorial positions was a little too much commitment if I want to do really well in my academic work, so for once, I put my degree first (I know, I’m just as surprised as you are). So today is my final day in my positions at the Student Journals, Kettle Magazine and Eat More Cake Magazine.

So here are a few small goodbyes – I’ll try not to cry!

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A summer at Elements Studio

So at the beginning of the summer, I made a promise to myself that I would focus more on my fitness. I joined the gym, started running, and decided to try out pole fitness, which I’d always wanted to do. I knew that I’d manage to stick to my fitness plan as I’m pretty determined when I want to be, but what I didn’t know was how much fun I’d end up having at Elements Studio in Ashford.

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A day in Denmark: Copenhagen

I’ve finally had some time to take in exactly what happened on Wednesday, and now I’ve managed to get my head around it, here’s a quick blog post telling you what I did when I visited Copenhagen in Denmark for one day only.

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A week at the Huffington Post

So last week I headed to the Huffington Post for a week of work experience on the Students desk. Having done a fair amount of work experience now, I wasn’t really that nervous for this placement, just looking forward to getting back into the newsroom.

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