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Sian. UK. Journalist and editor. Helps put together career advice content for the print magazine.


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How to get your press release read by journalists Press releases
It’s a Friday afternoon, I’m tired and I just want to go home (or more likely, to the pub). But I need a good story to fill my last couple of hours at work. A press release pops into my inbox. Hurrah! I think. A decent article to end my day. But around nine times out...
How to manage your social media presence as a journalist
For anyone working in the public eye, social media is always a difficult thing to balance. As a journalist, it’s tempting to go completely on lockdown so no one can access your profiles, but it’s also important to remain visible so you’re easy to contact regarding stories and also so you can be held accountable...
Go Ape: Students are going bananas for it Sian Elvin, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Kettle Mag
It’s a tough life being a student, isn’t it? There’s not exactly very much to do. Countless sports clubs and societies to join – from pole dancing to chess club – and that’s not even mentioning the social life at university. There’s always a cheap night out, or something going on at any time of...
Social craze: Emma Watson will not be silenced 14429639985_55323a0776_z.jpg
There was absolutely no question this week that I had to dedicate my final ever Kettle social craze column to the total brilliance that is Emma Watson. I thought this article would take a very positive view on both the gender equality speech itself, and the overwhelming reaction to it. But in light of the...
Social craze: ice bucket challenge proves how amazing the internet really is
Deciding what to write this week's column on was tough, as so much has happened in the social media world over the past few days. From Greggs' Google fail to baby wombats to Taylor Swift's new video, the internet has successfully distracted me from working on my internship, so hats off to you all. However,...
Social craze: Broom Broom rules the internet
So, unless you've been living under a rock for the past week or so, there's absolutely no way you could have missed this. So, unless you've been living under a rock for the past week or so, there's absolutely no way you could have missed this. It's been everywhere: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, you name it,...
What your parents told you not to do: talking to strangers online
When I was younger and about to journey into the strange new world of dial-up connections and “get off of the computer, mum needs to use the phone!” I was given the usual lecture of wha When I was younger and about to journey into the strange new world of dial-up connections and “get off...
Kettle reviews the hottest apps of summer 2014
It’s summer, you’ve finished university for a few months and you’ve played Candy Crush and 2048 to death. Need something a little more exciting to perk up your gadgets?   Never fear, Kettle has found you four scorching new apps set to make you fall back in love with your iPhone.   MyLaddr   Felt like...
Social craze: The internet bites back at Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has been banned from any kind of football-related activity for four months after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Tuesday's World Cup match between Uruguay and Italy Luis Suarez has been banned from any kind of football-related activity for four months after biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Tuesday's World Cup match between...
Social craze: When #WhyImVotingUkip Went Wrong
Let us be honest. When someone significant says, "let's get this trending," usually Twitter responds and indeed, brings in the goods. However, most of the time Twitter doesn't respond in the serious way that many hashtags are intended for. Who remembers #susanalbumparty? So when UKIP innocently asked Twitter for reasons why they were voting UKIP,...
Five celebrities who we have forgotten existed weirdal.jpg
Fame is a funny thing. Fame is a funny thing. There are the celebrities who you see all the time, from Cheryl Cole to Beyoncé, and those who you wonder why they're actually famous – what does Keith Lemon even do, anyway? However, sometimes someone will pop up and you'll think, "Gosh, where did they...
Social craze: women who eat on tubes reaches 20,000 Facebook members
Every time I think that I've seen or heard it all in regards to the internet – from the Every time I think that I've seen or heard it all in regards to the internet – from the After Sex Selfie to this weird GIF of Emma Watson – something else crops up to surprise...
Social craze: Cheryl Cole returns to the X Factor
Cheryl Cole created sparks across social media this week with her announcement on Instagram that she is to return to ITV talent Cheryl Cole created sparks across social media this week with her announcement on Instagram that she is to return to ITV talent show 'The X Factor'.   The photo went viral almost instantly,...
Getting the best work experience in journalism papers.jpg
A year and a half ago, I drifted into the world of university with the vague hope that I could convert my English Literature degree into a career in journalism. A year and a half ago, I drifted into the world of university with the vague hope that I could convert my English Literature degree...
MightyText: the app all iPhone users wish they had
You can use Skype to call people, use your phone to e-mail people and use your tablet to watch videos. You can use Skype to call people, use your phone to e-mail people and use your tablet to watch videos. But if you think about it carefully, what's the one thing you've only ever been...
Celebrities: seriously, please watch what you tweet
Twitter has always been a minefield for the mouthier celebrities, but these days everyone seems to be at it - tweeting the wrong thing, tweeting abuse, even following the wrong people. Twitter has always been a minefield for the mouthier celebrities, but these days everyone seems to be at it - tweeting the wrong thing,...
Is Taio Cruz’s KeWe really the key to the we?
Social media has taken a new turn. Not only do celebrities use social media these days, they create their own version of it. Or at least, Taio Cruz has. Social media has taken a new turn. Not only do celebrities use social media these days, they create their own version of it. Or at least,...
Is Google Plus a real contender in social media?
For a very long time - a number of years, now - the social networking market has been heavily dominated by two big names: Facebook and Twitter. For a very long time - a number of years, now - the social networking market has been heavily dominated by two big names: Facebook and Twitter. Yet,...
Twitter trolls: Now it’s really getting personal
For the majority of July, I spent my time travelling across America and happily blogging about my experiences, and was really happy with the positive responses I received. I returned home ready to continue with my writing in my aim to become a journalist in the future, and then was hit by a couple of...
Instagram vs. Vine: a battle of the video apps
Almost two months ago, Facebook attempted to rampage all over Twitter's up-and-coming video app Vine by intruding on its niche market, and introducing a Almost two months ago, Facebook attempted to rampage all over Twitter's up-and-coming video app Vine by intruding on its niche market, and introducing a video feature on Instagram. As of June...
Hashtags on Facebook? Just Simply #Ridiculous zuckerberghashtag.jpg
Last week the developers of Facebook announced that they are to introduce the hashtag feature on the website. Last week the developers of Facebook announced that they are to introduce the hashtag feature on the website. The aim of the idea is to allow users to group comments together by using hashtags, for example #xfactor,...
What the government should do about poverty
A study by Oxfam has recently revealed that reliance on food banks in the UK has roughly tripled, with over 500,000 people dependent on them. This begs the question—why are so many more people unable to afford food? For whatever reason, the government is not taking this as seriously as it should. In my opinion,...
Gwyneth Paltrow’s bikini line causes a stir
Melissa Odabash has recently collaborated with Gwyneth Paltrow to produce a new bikini line, but aimed at a niche market— Melissa Odabash has recently collaborated with Gwyneth Paltrow to produce a new bikini line, but aimed at a niche market—these bikinis are for four, six and eight year olds. Many feminists and child protection groups...
Eleven ways students can possibly make money
It's nearly the end of the Easter holidays and the prospect of yet another term of expensive living is starting to dawn on us. It's nearly the end of the Easter holidays and the prospect of yet another term of expensive living is starting to dawn on us. With lots of comfort eating through exams...