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How to be a journalist and an introvert writer
I hate talking to people on the phone. It’s not just strangers – unless you’re a member of my immediate family, or you’re one of my closest friends and there’s a reason I need to contact you straight away, then I would far sooner text, email or send a carrier pigeon. Unfortunately, my job as...
Elliot Mulligan, Editor-in-Chief, The Boar: Why is student journalism is important?
The Boar is Warwick University’s official student publication and has been since 1973. At over 350 members and with an editorial and business team of 62, they are one of the largest student publications in the country. In November 2018, The Boar won the inaugural Today Programme Student Publication of the Year award and have...
From journalism to PR – making that move…
It’s May 2016, and I’m stood with around 50 other journalists in a cramped conference room. TV cameras have taken up their assigned positions, the early birds have nicked all the available seats, and you can’t move your head for fear of blinding yourself on a mic. Like most pressers, there are a couple of...
How to report on a murder investigation How to report on a murder
When I got into work on a day back in July, I was honestly hoping for a bit of a quiet day.It was my first day back on the digital team at Kent Live after spending a month working solely on print stories for our newspapers. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t slacking while writing...
Studying journalism at University of Sheffield Journalism at the University of Sheffield
I came to the University of Sheffield in 2016 with the dreams and hopes of studying journalism. I had previous experience in magazine journalism and I had dabbled with editing news videos, but to me – this was the chance to truly become a professional. Now, I pay £9,000 a year to study and I...
Why the British love bingo Brits love bingo
The game of bingo has been around for decades in the United Kingdom as well as many other parts of the world. The game itself draws from ancient roots and is one of the oldest known games in the world. Many other games have sprung from bingo, including keno and lotto. However, in England, bingo...
First-time buyer? What you need to know about car warranties car warranties
First-time car buyer? This is a hugely exciting time in your life and everybody remembers their first vehicle very well as it provided so much freedom and independence. The car buying process can be a difficult and stressful one and particularly with so much variation and a range of factors to consider. One aspect is...
Kettle teams up with Byline Festival Byline festival 2018, kettlemag,
You may have noticed that it's getting a little warmer and there is a weird yellow disc in the sky that seems to be radiating heat. The once frozen cracks in the soil are opening and the first shoots of Spring are making themselves be seen. It warms your cockles doesn't it - yes, Spring is most...
Kettle launches Patreon account student journalists, kettle mag
Kettle Mag was set up in 2011 to help journalism students gain the practical, publishing experience that so many employers demand these days, whist building a professional portfolio of published work. Since then we've had the privilege to work with hundreds of amazing journalism students - mostly, but not exclusively, from the UK. Many of our...
Top tips for saving money as a student Skate board to university, kettle mag
Managing your finances when you are a student can be extremely tricky. There is rent, food, books, travel and, of course, the occasional night out to factor in. This can be hard if you are not working, which is why it is important to look for great ways to save cash wherever possible. Using these...
Tinderella – The first date after heartbreak
It's been a funny old few weeks here at Billie HQ, not much going on in terms of real-life romantic developments, but plenty going on in the murky world of online personas. Secrets, lies and shock revelations have dominated October. It's been a lot to get my head around, so THAT is maybe a story...
Tinderella – golfing and ghosting… ball-1271974_1920.jpg
Those of you that follow my exploits on twitter will know that the last couple of weeks have been taken up with chatting to someone on Tinder. Since you and I last spoke, we went on a date, so I thought I’d tell you all about it… For the benefit of my non-tweeting readers, here’s a...
Billie Strikes it Lucky…? bowling-237905_1920.jpg
The last few dates I’ve been on have been disasters. Everyone I matched with on Tinder was a straight-up sex pest, and my Bumble matches seemed to have lost the ability to type a reply to my opening messages. It was time to change tactics. What this Tinderella really wants out of all of these...
Tips for ensuring you are protected during your holiday
Holidays are time to relax with no worries on your mind, so making sure that everything goes smoothly and you are financially protected before you leave is vital; here are some tips to make sure you can fully enjoy your trip.  Tell the bank This is very basic but you must tell your bank if...
Nicola Adams retains Olympic title
British boxer Nicola Adams has retained her women's flyweight final in Rio, she is the first British boxer to retain a title in 92 years.  How bloody great is Nicola Adams? Just asking #NicolaAdams — Simon Hattenstone (@shattenstone) August 20, 2016 Adams beat France's Sarah Ourahmoune in a unanimous points decision in the close fight....
Tinderella – Great Expectations
I don’t know about you, but I like to go into a date with expectations of how it will go. I like to expect that we’ll click, that we’ll talk about everything and nothing, that we’ll laugh, and hopefully enjoy it so much that we’ll want to do it again.  If you’ve ever read @theguyliner’s...
Rio Olympics 2016 begin
The 2016 Rio Olympics have begun in Brazil with a stunning opening ceremony.    They say that if you like it then you should put a ring on it. Guess you can say we loved the #OpeningCeremony ? pic.twitter.com/aDUGSWEtgr — Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 6, 2016 Celebrating Brazil's history and diverse culture, the theme of the...
Tinderella – A real life non-fairy story
Tinderella is a biweekly feature on Kettle where our resident Tinderella shares her stories of dating, love, dumping and sex. Billie (pseudonym) is our third Tinderella to write for Kettle. You can also read about our other Tinderella's Aoife and Becca. Introducing Billie Hello!  Welcome to the often weird, sometimes wonderful and, according to my friends,...
Corporate Giveaways: Why do you need them?
Corporate giveaways, the best way to intrigue a new market of people, the nicest way to say thank you to your clients and the easiest way to create business for you. Are you looking for a bright idea? Are you bored of sending leaflets or pens? Consider Retro Sweet, they are not only sweet and fun...
Checking out the Classics: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is a Russian novel written between 1928 and 1940, and was initially published in the 1960s. I first read this book when I was 18, and after a few chapters I knew I had found my favourite novel. It’s still my favourite today. Set in Moscow in the...
Explosion in Kabul kills at least 80
ISIL have claimed responsibility for blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul. The two explosions targeted the demonstration by the Hazara, a shia ethnic minority who were protesting about a new power line.    Two bombs killed at least 80 people and injured at least 230 people in Kabul, Aghanistan. https://t.co/sxo7k2z9VD pic.twitter.com/sCzngR0KRe — AJ+ (@ajplus) July 23,...
Coup attempt in Turkey
On Friday afternoon a section of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government in a failed coup.  A statement released by the military claimed that they had overthrown the government, shortly afterwards, the government also relesed a statement claiming that they were still in Power. President Erdogan took to FaceTime to call...
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies aged 74 4438857719_a817668c76_o.jpg
The boxing legend and former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has died in hospital in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 74.  .@MuhammadAli, then Cassius Clay, trains for the 1960 Rome Olympics https://t.co/0kC8qdtejz #100DaysOut #RoadToRio pic.twitter.com/LXYyWloXYp — Getty Images Sport (@GettySport) April 27, 2016 Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1942, he took up boxing...
Time travel and the Twitter sphere. Where would you go? Clocks, time travel, KettleMag, Fiona Carty
A recent conspiracy theory has begun to circulate online with a video from Mike Tysons’ 1995 fight with Peter McNeeley showing what some people think looks like a modern day camera phone, when there were no camera phones available at the time. As this article points out, there were camcorders that looked similar to what we see in...
Solo travel, not as scary as you’d think. travel, solo, kettle mag, fiona carty,
Everyone loves a holiday, but not everyone loves going away with other people; maybe they don’t agree on the sort of holiday they want (resort pool side verses a sightseeing city break), or maybe they just want to go to different places or are restricted to when they can go. Some decide to wait, others...
ISIL claim responsibility for Brussels attack
Terrorist group ISIL have claimed responsibility for a series of explosions in Brussels airport and on the Metro system.  30 people have been killed and more than 200 were injured in the attacks. Belgiums federal prosecutor has said that there were at least two suicide bombers involved in the airport attack and a manhunt is...
Growing apples in a day: Ukraine post Maidan Ukraine, Maidan revolution, world, Fiona Carty, Kettle Mag
Having only declared independence in August 1991, Ukraine is still a pretty young country in terms of having a democratically elected government. With the Orange revolution that happened in late 2004/early 2005 and the more recent Maidan revolution in late 2013/early 2014 along with a Russian separatist uprising in the east of the country you...
Didcot power station collapses SWAS-ambo-shout.jpg
One person has died and three have been injured after a building at Didcot powerstation collapsed.  Emergency services were alerted to the collapse and a major incident was declared soon after.  The powerstation, which was a combined oil and coal power plant, was closed in 2013 and was actually scheduled to be demolished in ten...
Kettle’s US Election Series kettlemag fiona carty US election
Here at Kettle we have decided to run a series covering the upcoming presidential elections from now until the actual election in November. As well as covering the election and the candidates, we will also explore the wider system, looking at the differences in the US and British systems, how the process works and what...
Several dead after trains collide in Germany
Ten people have been killed and more than eighty injured after two trains collided head on at high speeds on Tuesday.  Photos: Two trains collide in Germany https://t.co/NCYUF5TUxy pic.twitter.com/LcF9mV50gq — Al Jazeera America (@ajam) February 9, 2016 The crash happened around 7 a.m. local time in Bad Aibling and Kolbermoor in Bavaria, near the German/Austrian border. It is...
Danish parliament backs controversial bill copenhagen-1089450_960_720.jpg
The Danish parliament has passed a controversial proposal to 'confiscate' asylum seekers valuables to help pay for their upkeep.  Under these new measures Police will be able to sieze valuables worth more that 10,000 Kroner (around £1,000) from refugees to cover the costs of food and housing. Reunifications between family members will also be extended...
UN report shows ‘staggering’ level of violence in Iraq
In a report released on Tuesday, the United Nations has described the violence in Iraq as 'staggering' as almost 19,000 civilians have been killed and more than 36,000 wounded since the begining of 2014.  UN report: "The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering." https://t.co/tBWBbocFF0 pic.twitter.com/rydpGA8bnt — NPR (@NPR) January 19, 2016 The report,...
The Worldly Wise: Insider Views from Russia, Cuba, UK, Jamaica and the US Worldly Wise, Insider Views, Russia, Cuba, UK, Jamaica, US, World, Series, Feature, Kettle Mag, Fiona Carty
In this series we interview a person from a country outside of the UK about their views on life in their native country. This week we speak to Anya, who can only be described as 'international'. Where are you from? I was born in Russia, grew up in Cuba, went to school in London and college in Jamaica....
Junior Doctors begin 24 hour strike
At 8 A.M. Junior Doctors from across England walked out in strike action protesting proposed contracts which they claim would endanger them and the lives of patients.  Today junior doctors take industrial action, senior colleagues fill in & med students support them #junioraction pic.twitter.com/vSGLhVTJEp — The BMA (@TheBMA) January 12, 2016 At pickets outside of...
MP’s to debate calls for Donald Trump to be banned from entering the UK
MP's are due to debate whether or not US Presidential candidate Donald Trump should be banned from entering the UK, after an online petition was signed by more than 500,000 people.  In case you haven't seen, British parliamentarians to debate banning Donald Trump from the UK: https://t.co/wWYwxhWlS4 — Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) January 5, 2016 The debate,...
Should Sonny Bill Williams apologise? Sonny Bill Williams, apologise, New Zealand, All Blacks, rugby, photos, death, Syria, children, social media, twitter, world, kettle mag, fiona carty
Recently, All Black Sonny Bill Williams, who is a UNICEF ambassador, has been criticised for sharing images of dead children on Twitter. Williams, who recently visited refugees in Lebanon with the organisation, tweeted the images in an attempt to raise awareness of the Syrian crisis, asking, “What did these children do to deserve this?” The...
How does ISIL make money?
ISIL, originally an offshoot of al-Qaeda kicked out for being too extreme, is probably the richest terrorist organisation in history. So how do they make all that money? Originally heavily financed by donors (particularly from the Gulf), some of whom called for the group to withdraw from Syria in 2014, ISIL now have more than...
The Worldly Wise: Insider views from England to the USA Worldly Wise, Insider views, England, USA, Southern California, World, moving abroad, Kettle Mag, Fiona Carty
In this series we interview a person from a country outside of the UK every week for their views on life in their native country. However, this week we chat to Kettle's women's editor Kealie Mardell about her life now she's moved from England to the USA. 1. Where are you from?  I was born and raised in Hertfordshire, England,...
How to pick the right laptop Apple MacBook Pro, laptop, computer, technology, kettle mag, fiona carty
Laptops are an essential piece of kit for nearly every student. They're for work and play, and everything in between. But in a market overflowing with choice, how do you pick out a good one, and how do you make sure it's right for you?  Here at Kettle, we've solved all your problems. Read on below......
First British astronaut sent into space
Today, at around 11 am UK time, Major Tim Peake blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station where he will stay for the next six months conducting experiments to test out technology for future space missions. Last tweet before launch - GO for flight! Thanks for all the good...
Donald Trump condemned for US Muslim ban comment
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been widely condemned for calling for a total ban on Muslims entering the United States.  A presidential candidate wants to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. Can you guess who said it? https://t.co/mGnBiC1yeo — AJ+ (@ajplus) December 8, 2015 In a statement from the campaign team the halt on...
Junior doctors strike called off last minute
On Monday night the planned strike by junior doctors was called off, hours before the planned 24 hour strike to protest a new contract proposed by the government was due to begin.  Great that the #juniordoctors strike is off - Hunt now needs to genuinely negotiate and listen to their concerns. pic.twitter.com/gpvDqfoX1Y — Sadiq Khan MP...
Russian jet shot down near Syria-Turkey border
Turkish military have reportedly shot down a Russian military aircraft near the Turkish-Syrian border, it was announced on Tuesday. Russian officials released a statement saying that an SU-24 crashed on Syrian territory after being hit by fire from the ground. The pilots managed to eject, although their current state (at the time of writing) is...
The Worldy Wise: Insider Views From Denmark Kettlemag,
In a new series we will interview a person from a country outside of UK for their views on their life in their native country. This week we speak to Steph who is from Denmark. Where are you from? I'm from Denmark. (If a student) what are you studying? (if not a student) where do...
Plane in Sinai brought down by a bomb Russia confirms
The Russian intelligence service (the FSB) have confirmed that the Metrojet airliner that crashed in the Sinai peninsular in October was brought down by a bomb. The plane had been traveling from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt to St Petersburg in Russia. On Tuesday the FSB announced that traces of explosives had been found among the...
Myanmar ruling party admit defeat in elections
Myanmar's ruling party has conceded defeat in the country's landmark general elections, held on the 8th November. Opposition party NLD (National League of Democracy) have said that thier own polls showed they were on track to gain at least 70% of the vote. It has been reported in the Guardian that turn out was estimated...
App Review: Hello Talk
I first heard about Hello Talk in a YouTube video, I was looking for apps to help me learn Arabic and decided to give it a try. Initially, I wasn’t expecting to use it for more than a few hours, but now I’m hooked, and use it most days. Available on iOS and Android, the...
The Worldy Wise: Insider Views From Russia
In a new series we will interview a person from a country outside of UK for their views on their life in their native country. This week we speak to Oleg who was born and raised in Russia and now lives in France. @lynncollins7 Russian nature. Beautiful is not it? pic.twitter.com/zJi6SbhyGJ — Sergei (@shamanaevsergei) September...
Lord Ashcroft misses Cameron biography launch due to hospitalisation
It has been revealed that Lord Ashcroft missed the UK launch party of his controversial book that he co-wrote about David Cameron, because he had been hospitalised with Liver and Kidney failure and septic shock.  The Tory peer became ill last month on September 22nd and spent 18 days in intensive care in an American...
The Worldy Wise: Insider Views From The United States
In a new series we will interview a person from a country outside of the UK for their views on their life and their native country. This week we speak to Anthony, who lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Where are you from? I live in Chicago, Illinois, about 15 minutes from Downtown. (if a student) What...