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I'm Kettle's Managing Editor for Current Affairs, as well as a contributing writer. I've been with Kettle since April 2012.

You can follow me on Twitter @alex_veeneman. You can email me at alex@kettlemag.co.uk.


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The coffee shop and self-care coffee shop, kettle mag
Upon first entry through the side entrance in a busy shopping centre, life appears to stop. People sit down, drinks and other items in hand, and focus on the conversation. The queue when I visited on a Saturday morning this past February was long, with sound of drinks being made all while the woman at...
The Trump-Trudeau relationship
When President Trump spoke Wednesday night at a fundraiser for a Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, he spoke about the trading relationship with Canada. Yet as he spoke, he said that he made up a claim that the United States has a trade deficit with Canada, instead of a surplus. In a recording of the...
Liana Baker, the Olympics and global journalism Olympic, flag, South Korea, journalism, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
When Reuters were looking for reporters to send to Rio de Janeiro to cover the 2016 Summer Olympics, a company-wide email was sent out asking reporters to apply. Along with that application, reporters were asked to write an essay on why they should go. Liana Baker, a reporter in San Francisco who writes about business,...
Four stories & a dilemma Fuck, four weddings, kettle mag,
My reaction is intermittently similar to that of Hugh Grant’s character in Four Weddings and a Funeral. As Charles prepares for his first wedding, he awakens in his London flat in a stupor and looks to the clock on the table beside him. It only takes three words to sum up how he’s feeling: “Oh,...
The Currency of John Peel John Peel, music, culture, media, The Current, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
The record is not your traditional indie rock record. It begins simply with a piano and a vocal with a soft echo. Synthesizers are added to balance the echo, but then the drums and bassline kick in over the synthesizers, and the expectations you have of this record evolve. The record is Jaws of Love,...
Harvey Weinstein and feminism male feminist, rights, gender, women, Harvey Weinstein, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
They are stories that make you pause and think. They are stories that people did not necessarily wish to tell, but told them in the hope that they could start a conversation of change. They are stories of events that should never have happened at all. Those stories were across Twitter using the hashtag #MeToo...
Culinary lessons for journalists about authenticity Jacques Pepin, chef, recipe, authenticity, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
On the public television station in the part of the US where I live, a daily programme comes on late in the morning featuring the renowned chef, author and television personality Julia Child. “What fun we are going to have, baking all kinds of incredible cakes, pies and breads, right here in my own kitchen!”...
Four stories and a dilemma frustration, writing, anxiety, concern, Academy, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
My reaction is intermittently similar to that of Hugh Grant’s character in Four Weddings and a Funeral. As Charles prepares for his first wedding, he awakens in his London flat in a stupor and looks to the clock on the table beside him. It only takes three words to sum up how he’s feeling: “Oh,...
Reflections on the collaborative spirit collaboration, goals, difference, journalism, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
Saturday, 22nd July. At the Walker Arts Centre in Minneapolis, a hub of the American Midwest, there was a moment of peace and serenity as the sun began to set on the summer day where Rock the Garden, a prominent music and culture festival, was taking place. At that time, Bon Iver was mid-way through...
Why women’s ideas must be equal in journalism female, gender, ideas, journalism, media, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
While she was a correspondent at the Financial Times, Cathy Newman was asked for recommendations for people management could take on as reporters. One of those people were hired, but it later emerged that the individual earned £10,000 more than she did. Considering Newman’s role and seniority at the organisation at the time, it was...
John Peel and the search for authenticity John Peel, media, radio, Academy, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
In an edition of Write On, the former BBC World Service programme devoted to examinations of its output, a programme they profiled was described as one that split listeners. It was said to be a phenomenon that either caused “blood to boil or the heart to beat just a little bit faster.” Some of them...
The world needs journalism (and Public Editors) New York Times, public editor, journalism, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
On first glance, the role of Public Editor may not make sense to an average reader. It may appear to be a way to promote good PR for a media organisation – an idiosyncratic method to exclaim to the world that their journalism, and only their journalism, is the best. Yet, that is not the...
Five tips for a quality dissertation dissertation, university, student life, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
The dissertation reflects an interesting point in one’s time at university. It is a symbolic representation of the end – the culmination of your degree reflected by a plethora of research and references, ready to be typed into a document, then bound, all to submit. It also can be the most stressful, trying to cram...
The need to vote in #GE2017 voting, general election, politics, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
When Prime Minister Theresa May called a general election last month, The New York Times ran a leader suggesting that a general election was the right call. The election, the Editorial Board wrote, was justified amidst the negotiations between London and Brussels on the UK’s exit from the European Union. The Board wrote that the...
All you have to do is talk talking, mental health, Academy, students, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
Journalism is one of the most rewarding professions in the world. It also can be one of the most stressful, especially for those who aspire to hope to work in the industry. From news about layoffs to uneasy and abject criticism about the profession itself, it has become common to wonder not only if you’ll...
Impartiality: More than just reporting Broadcasting House, BBC, journalism, media, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
The year is 1982. In a radio continuity studio in central London, an announcer prepares to light a cigarette, as the arts and culture programme Meridian concludes. “We’re talking about A Good Marriage, by Eric Rohmer,” the presenter says, referring to the latest film at the time by the renowned French director. That began a...
The need for truth in the digital age journalism, truth, reporting, media, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
At midday last Wednesday, MPs gathered in the House of Commons for Prime Minister’s Questions, the last before the UK General Election on 8 June. MPs have been in campaign mode since Prime Minister Theresa May called the election on 18 April – and it was evident in the Commons, as May promoted a Conservative government as a government...
France, Britain and the EU factor European Union, France, UK, elections, politics, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
“I don’t believe in odds, and I don’t believe that you can predict a campaign before it starts.” Those are the words of Jérome Riviére, a senior defence advisor to Marine Le Pen, in an interview on Radio 4’s Today programme Monday. He referred to the campaign that lasts between now and 7 May, when...
George Osborne and the matter of facts George Osborne, Evening Standard, journalism, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
The news came this past week that George Osborne, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, was to become the new editor of the London Evening Standard. Osborne will be taking over from Sarah Sands, who has been appointed the new editor of the Today programme on Radio 4. The announcement from the Standard’s owner, Evgeny Lebedev, was...
Nicola Thorp, dress codes and identity heels, women, dress code, gender, identity, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
A little over two years ago, a woman walked into a job in the city to begin temporary work as a receptionist. Her temporary supervisor objected to the flats she was wearing, and she was told to get shoes with heels 2 inches high. She refused, and was sent home without pay. For Nicola Thorp, that...
Analogy of a Careless Whisper George Michael, Careless Whisper, music, culture, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
It was written when he was 17 years old – a song which chronicles a melancholic sense of regret over an affair and its ensuing reactions. Though commonplace in a lot of songs, this one was different, as it challenged the culture of the music industry. That was 'Careless Whisper', and together with his fellow...
The Musical Identity of Disclosure Disclosure, music, DJ, culture, identity, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
Five years ago this October, two brothers from Reigate in Surrey got together and struck gold in popular music. The brothers, Guy and Howard Lawrence, better known to the world as the house music duo Disclosure, became household music names overnight. It began for them with the song that was, in the words of one...
Review: Vienna Philharmonic on New Year’s Day Vienna Philharmonic, performance, music, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
It is considered to be one of the most extravagant concerts of the year, a concert that sees tickets drawn by lot, with competition for seats as vivacious as tickets for Radio 1’s Big Weekend or a gig at Wembley Stadium. This extravagance is at the crux of a tradition heard and seen around the...
Cathy Newman on women in journalism Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News, journalism, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
Five and a half years ago, ITN, the news organisation that produces Channel 4 News, did something that was a first for that programme – it named its first female co-presenter, sharing presenting duties with Jon Snow. Cathy Newman since that time has become one of the most prominent women in television, and in British...
Why you should study journalism Journalist, studying journalism, news, media, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
It was 1am on a Spring night in 2009, and I was sitting in my room tuning the dial on my radio – the volume low to not awake my mum and sister in other parts of the house. I’m awake as a result of insomnia and coughing from a major illness, trying to figure...
Journalism in the post-truth age news, journalism, truth, media, reporting, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
Over the last few years, social media has become an integral part of our relationship with journalism. Journalism is designed to help us to understand what is true and what isn’t. The last year has challenged that design, notably with the vote surrounding Britain’s departure from the European Union, as well as presidential elections in...
Sound Women’s legacy for women in radio Sara Mohr-Pietsch, radio, women, Sound Women, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
Five years ago, there was a question that began a debate within the British radio industry – why are there less women in the industry, and what can be done to correct it? At that time, a group of 14 women came together to establish Sound Women, which aimed to answer that question. Along the...
In America, a new voice for journalism Lynn Walsh, Society of Professional Journalists, media, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
It was the 21st of September, 3pm London time. As the contest for the Labour Party leadership between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith, discussions about the outcome of the UK’s exit from the European Union, and plans about the future of the Great British Bake Off dominated the headlines, Lynn Walsh was sitting down with...
My five tips for journalism students journalist, tips, advice, careers, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
There are many things that journalism students ponder about as they prepare to return to university for another year, from planning schedules and content for student media (and elsewhere) to dates for pending work experience placements. There is however the ultimate question – am I able to get a career in the industry that I’m...
A note from the editor on Kettle Academy press, media, journalism, education, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
Journalism is changing right before our eyes, and as it does so is the strategy to have a successful career in the industry. There is much to consider, from the route you go in or if you should build a specialism, to the role LinkedIn and the web should have in bolstering your career. Indeed,...
Radio 1’s digital identity shift Scott Mills, Radio 1, BBC, radio, media, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
It’s Monday night, 8:30pm. In a studio on the eighth floor of Broadcasting House, known to the world as the bastion of journalism and media in central London, Annie Mac introduces the Power Down playlist, a signature element of her nightly programme on Radio 1. As she plays out the tracks of this night’s playlist,...
Why the book still rules in the internet age books, reading, writing, art, media, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
    Today is Read a Book Day – a reminder of why physical books remain so prevalent in this age where we are accustomed to instant access to everything. While we become used to multimedia experiences through our phones, iPads and other devices, we feel connected to picking up a physical book. We are...
Supporting women and the future of journalism Winifred Robinson, media, journalism, women, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
In the next few weeks, students from up and down the UK will begin their return to university, adapting back to student life, and continuing (or in some cases concluding) their degrees. Others will start their degrees, either at the undergraduate or graduate level. Whatever the circumstance, many of them will be in journalism. As...
Five things journalism students should know journalism, media, student, university, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
Last Friday, Joanna Geary, the Europe, Middle East and Africa lead for Twitter’s Moments project, took to the social network to consider her role in journalism, and how she sees her work in the industry moving forward. Geary, who has been working in journalism for over 12 years, has held a variety of roles, from...
Has social media changed how we cover the stars?
A haircut is rarely ground-breaking worldwide news. Yet it only took whispers of this event for emotions of some individuals to become rampant. For these particular users of Twitter, it was enough to vex them. They knew the back story of this individual’s life, they wondered why this person did it, and had one simple...
America’s presidential convention season The White House, politics, world, United States, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
In the United States, the final leg of the race for the country’s highest political office is underway, as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood at the Wells Fargo Arena in the Mid-Atlantic city of Philadelphia and accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for President. Clinton’s acceptance of the party’s nomination brought to an end...
The importance of bookstores Waterstones, bookstores, culture, books, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
In the year 1995, at BookExpo America, a convention for the publishing industry in the US city of Chicago, a slogan of a particular booth caught the eye of Roger Doeren, a bookseller from Kansas City. It was a prevalent part of the business which occupied it. The slogan was simple: “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore.” Doeren...
Peers warn about Channel 4 sell off Channel 4, media, House of Lords, sell off, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
The House of Lords has said Channel 4 must not be sold off, amid concerns that it may be privatised by the government. The Lords’ Communications Committee said it expressed concerns that an owner focused on profit would dilute its public service remit, including diversity programmes, film production and news. The committee’s chairman, Lord Best,...
A question of factual, impartial journalism
C.P. Scott had one sentence that described his editorial philosophy. This sentence, written in 1921 to commemorate the Guardian’s first centenary and his 50 years as editor, became synonymous with the paper’s editorial philosophy. “Comment is free, but facts are sacred.” That quote is also synonymous with my editorial philosophy, and in a time when...
Radio: The ultimate storyteller Kirsty Young, Desert Island Discs, Radio 4, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
On a recent edition of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the vascular surgeon David Nott recalled stories from his work on the frontlines of war torn countries. Away from his work in the NHS in London, Nott volunteers for the medical charity Medecin Sans Frontiers and the Red Cross as a physician in areas of...
Five tips for reporting news on Twitter Twitter, reporting, story, news, journalism, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
Social media has had a significant impact into how we distribute, disseminate and curate journalism. We use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other platforms to inform as well as engage users in conversations about the day’s events, be it the recent vote on the UK’s membership in the European Union, who is number 1 in...
Why #GBBO remains worth watching Great British Bake Off, TV, watching, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
It was 9pm, and the people of the city of Chicago were celebrating the fact that it was a holiday weekend. The weather was supposed to be decent, and the forthcoming work week would be abbreviated. For me, I sat down with my mum and sister to watch the latest series of The Great British Bake...
How Ed Sheeran redefined pop music Ed Sheeran, music, culture, performance, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
On a July night at Wembley Stadium in 2015, 87,000 people flocked to see a major singer-songwriter in the first of three sold-out performances. The timing of the gig comes in conjunction of a tour to support his second record, and the expansion of his international fanbase into the millions, and counting. For that performer,...
The future of Twitter, the news curator Twitter, news, curate, social media, journalism, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
We live in a multi-platform age of media. This age includes a number of platforms becoming hubs of content, notably social media platforms. As a result, there has been significant competition for attention for younger audiences, and the recent competition has come from an unexpected source. Late last week it emerged that Snapchat has more...
Laura Kuenssberg and women in journalism Twitter, news, curate, social media, journalism, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
When working in journalism, the objective of reporters is to tell a story and make sense of events. One never expects to be a part of the story, yet for Laura Kuenssberg, she was. Kuenssberg made headlines this week after an online petition was created to have her removed from the post of the BBC’s...
Why the BBC must remain independent BBC, media, future, journalism, broadcasting, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
On an ordinary day, a man sits down in a pub. He is greeted by the barman. “And what can I get you sir?” the barman asks. “Oh, get me a gin and tonic,” the man replies. “No, make that a double. I just bought my television licence.” The man in question was John Cleese, and...
How the 2016 election unfolded on the front pages newspapers, press, media, journalism, election, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
People across the UK went to the polls Thursday to cast their votes in local elections, and the elections dominated the front pages both Friday and Saturday. There was a significant difference to how each of the papers covered each election result. In Scotland, The National and the Scottish Daily Mail wrote of victory for...
Why the world still needs journalism news, media, journalism, future, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
Journalism in Britain continues to evolve right before our eyes. In the span of a month, The Independent ceased publication and moved to online only, while Trinity Mirror launched a new newspaper, titled New Day. Alongside this, the debate on the future of the BBC continues to dominate Parliament, as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat become...
Music legend Prince dies Prince, music, death, news, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
The American pop singer and songwriter Prince has died at his home in suburban Minnesota. The singer, born Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minneapolis in 1958, achieved commercial and critical success in the 1980s and 1990s, with a string of hits including When Doves Cry, Sign o' The Times, 1999, Little Red Corvette, and most notably, Purple...
Grayling, Johnson criticise Obama over EU United States, United Kingdom, politics, EU referendum, Alex Veeneman, Kettle Mag
The leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling, has said that US President Barack Obama does not understand the UK’s relationship with the European Union. In an interview Sunday with Andrew Marr, Grayling said Obama did not understand the transfer of power that was conducted. “I don’t for a moment think that President Obama would...