The University of Sheffield
Enthusiastic about archiving, independent print and all things DIY, I began writing music reviews and musings for fanzines as a teenager. I decided to pursue journalism more seriously as a History undergraduate at the University of Leeds, where I published features for the student newspaper, before being elected to fill the sabbatical post of Editor-in-Chief. Here, I was also involved with student radio, finding a passion for both production and hosting. It was an avenue for me to discuss social issues I cared about whilst channelling my keen interest in music.
I have since worked with media outlets such as gal-dem, Dazed, DJ Mag and BBC Radio 4 on a freelance basis. Through interviews, long-form features and news pieces, I aim to platform underrepresented communities, subcultures and the voices within them. My ideas are always in some way informed by my own experiences and culture, as well as those of my peers.
Thanks to the Scott Trust Bursary scheme, I will be starting my Journalism MA at the University of Sheffield in September. I look forward to developing my voice as a news reporter and eventually holding institutions to account. I also look forward to continuing my work as a story-teller, bringing new perspectives to music and arts journalism.
With a media that still only reflects a select few, breaking into the industry as a queer, disabled woman of colour from a state school background often feels impossible. I am yet to see people like myself adequately represented in journalism and other creative fields, so this scheme makes pursuing my goals, and facilitating change, seem much more attainable.