Olivia is a staff journalist at the BBC and a documentary filmmaker – as well as the founder of PressPad. In addition for the BBC – she’s written for The Guardian, The Economist, TIME Magazine, Reuters, and others. The situation with unpaid internships was so bad when she started out that she calculated that a one-way ticket to Chile would be a more cost-effective option, AND help her learn Spanish. After time in South America, she went on to graduate from Columbia Journalism School, before being lucky enough to do a lot of paid internships and fellowships in the US with the likes of VICE News, AJ+, the BBC Washington bureau and The Wall Street Journal. Ironically it was one of only two unpaid internships she did at the BBC World Service that led to her current job now.
Laura Garcia’s work as a multimedia journalist started back in her home town of Mexico as a photographer for a newspaper. She also worked for newspapers and film production companies in the US before coming to the UK in September 2011. After that she was able to get into the world of broadcast because her lecturers and their friends allowed her to crash living rooms and bedrooms while she was getting work experience. Laura has worked in different newsrooms across the UK: ITV Meridian, BBC South East, BBC Radio Kent, NBC News, R4’s The World Tonight, KMTV and Channel 5 News. She taught multimedia journalism and TV production at the University of Kent for 5 years. Currently, she works at First Draft teaching journos to spot and verify disinformation.
Communications & Programmes
Nicola Slawson is a freelance journalist with bylines in the Observer, Telegraph and Independent among others. Having previously worked in the arts, she began her journalism career at Positive News before moving to the Guardian and then onto HuffPost UK. In 2016, she was awarded the IJP George Weidenfeld Bursary, spending two months at Die Welt in Berlin. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Scott Trust Bursary to study a masters in newspaper journalism at City University. In order to gain the necessary experience to apply for the bursary, she did a six-month unpaid internship. With no savings or family in London, she lived and worked in a boarding school while completing it. From a working class background herself, she is passionate about diversifying journalism.
SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE
Alfie Tobutt is an English-Australian journalist currently working for BBC News, producing interactive bulletins for smart speakers. He is a graduate of a the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism, where he also worked as a paid intern for KMTV. After university, he held a weekend job at a bookshop to help fund unpaid or low-paid work experience in London, until he was able to successfully freelance. He has previously worked with Sky News, EuronewsNBC, LBC and BBC Radio 2.
Ayomikun Adekaiyero is an undergrad journalism student at the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism. Last year, after reflecting on what type of journalist he wanted to be, he decided to start his own blog, Diary of a Procrastinator, to write about things that interest him. The diverse yet unique ways journalists use new technology and multimedia Journalism have always stood out to him. He has also been in charge of his campus' student media society, KTV Media, creating videos that reflect student and lecturer life.
Website & Newsletter
Amber Sunner is a student journalist who is currently completing her BA in Journalism at the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism. She was shortlisted for BBC Radio 4's Student Journalist of the Year award and also completed an internship at Thiiird Magazine. She has written for UniNews, Kent Messenger, Maidstone Messenger and Kent Online.
Dr Nancy Roberts
Nancy is an experienced entrepreneur and a domain expert in diversity and inclusion. She is the founder of independent publisher Stok Press, successful diversity consultancy Business Inclusivity, which she runs as a social enterprise, and of Umbrella, a technology business using data analytics and AI to help companies improve diversity and inclusion at scale. She is also a highly skilled leader with 20 years of experience including at board level and is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Break The Mould, an organization which works with children with disadvantages to engage them in education through sport. She sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board of the Science and Technology Facilities council, and she has a BA, two MAs, a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Theory, and has just completed an Executive MBA at Cranfield University.
Fundraising and Outreach
Rachel began working as a journalist for her local newspaper in Bedfordshire after leaving university and went on to report and edit for a number of titles both in the UK and New Zealand, where she also worked as a freelancer. Her personal interests in conservation and human rights, coupled with a passion for storytelling, led to over a decade directing communications, campaigns and media work within the charity sector and an obsession for filmmaking. Rachel and her other half, Nick, run Make Some Noise Productions, a small social enterprise film company that helps small charities access high-quality film and supports job creation in the creative industries.
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Even though we are a very small social enterprise we want to lead by example. As of June 2020, we are committed to paying all of our freelancers, ambassadors and contractors a living wage. And just in case we needed to repeat it, we don't believe in unpaid internships or work experience. Unless a member of the team chooses to work as a volunteer or donate their wage, we will never accept unpaid work.