LAUREN DORLING was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1994, and attended school in Dallas, Texas and Derby, England. She hopes to have her very own column in a newspaper, and currently does freelance work for two online publications – specifically feature pieces and TV recaps and reviews. Her interests include politics, philosophy, sport, and travelling. Her website is laurendorlingjournalist.wordpress.com.
MOLLY GARLICK is 21. She comes from Clacton in Essex and is the Essex BA Multimedia Journalism course representative on the National Council for the Training of Journalists Student Council. She has done work experience placements at Anglian Radio and the Clacton Gazette. Alongside her studies, Molly works in Nandos – much to the delight of her classmates. In her spare time Molly likes to go to music festivals and travels with her friends. Her website is mollygarlick.wordpress.com, her email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHARLEY GOFF was born in 1997 in Great Oakley, a small Essex village, went to school in Frinton and took A-levels in Sociology, English Language and Philosophy. She has done work experience at BBC Radio Suffolk in Ipswich and blogs at charlottegoffblog.wordpress.com. Charley is particularly interested in fashion. Her favourite publications are Dazed and Confused and i.D. “I love the fabulous things in life,” she says. “Chunky shoes, designer handbags and my eyebrows (when they’re on fleek). I’ll never be seen without my stacks of silver rings and bangles.”
CIJO JOSE was born in the Indian sub-continent but moved to London as a small child and grew up there. He studied at St Ignatius College in Enfield, north London, taking Biology, English Literature, Politics and Business Studies at A-level. He has done work experience at BBC Radio Essex in Chelmsford and at the magazine publisher Aceville Publications. Cijo is a keen environmentalist and a member of the pressure group Greenpeace. He blogs at cijojoseblog.wordpress.com.
WILLIAM MAILES was born in Southend in 1996, and grew up and went to school in Canvey Island. He went to South Essex College in Southend to study A-levels in English Literature, Media Studies and Geography. He has done work placements at the Essex Chronicle newspaper in Chelmsford and ITV Anglia in Norwich. He is keen on all aspects of journalism, but he specialises in sport. He blogs at williammailes.wordpress.com.
ALEX MAXAM was born and bred in Colchester in 1996. He worked as the university radio station’s manager for a year and has done work experience at BBC Look East and The Sun. Alex enjoys a bit of football, both playing and watching, and works part time in customer service for a national newspaper. He loves listening to all sorts of music. Alex aspires to work in broadcast journalism, with a slight preference for radio. He blogs at alexmaxam.wordpress.com.
JOEANN MURPHY is 21, from Dagenham in Essex. She has done work experience at BBC Radio Suffolk and at the Colchester Gazette, where she had a double-page spread published about student protests. Some of Joeann’s favourite things are baking, perfume and films. She is also fond of travelling and visiting new locations. She blogs at joeannmurphyblog.wordpress.com.
VICTORIA WILLIAMS is 24 and lives near Stansted in Essex. She says: “After studying at FE college I realised I wanted to become a journalist. I always had a passion for film when I was young, and felt my social skills were an attribute to my progression in interviewing people. I have had experience in writing for magazines and newspapers and would like to go into documentary making.” Victoria blogs at earstothegroundsound.wordpress.com and alternativerags.wordpress.com
LOIS WORROW is 18, from a village near Ipswich in Suffolk. She has done a work placement at ITV Anglia, where she got hands-on experience of TV news, including a day covering parliament and seeing Mary Berry. Lois is particularly interested in beauty and fashion journalism, has a part-time job at Pandora (a jewellery shop in Colchester), and loves to walk her pet chihuahua, Teddy. She blogs at loisworrow.wordpress.com