Year 1 students

LEWIS ADAMS was born in Chelmsford, Essex, in 1999 and went to school in Colchester. He is most interested in sports journalism. His website is lewisadams26.wordpress.com

OLOHITHARE ALEGBE

LOUIS ALLWOOD was born in Basildon, Essex, in 1999 and went to school in Brentwood. He spends a great deal of time writing sports articles and would like eventually to make a living as a sports journalist. His website is louisallwood.wordpress.com

LARISHA APETE was born in Camberwell, south-east London, in 1998 and went to school in New Cross. This summer she plans on au pairing in Spain for three months to begin a journey exploring different cultures which she hopes to share with a large audience. Her website is larishareneeapete.wordpress.com

ANYA BANEVA

RHIANNON BEVAN was born in 1999 and raised in Ipswich, Suffolk. She wishes to put a lifetime of hours wasted on video games to good use, by becoming a gaming journalist; writing reviews, interviews and overall thoughts on the industry. Other interests include UK politics and social issues, history and film. Her website is rhiannonnerys.wordpress.com

KAI CHENG was born in Malaysia in 1999. As the only Asian student on the Essex single honours degree course, she likes to write about the international students and what they experience here away from home ground. She blogs at kwchengjournalism.wordpress.com

JESSICA CLAYTON-BERRY was born in West Bromwich in 1998. Prior to university, she studied creative writing, media studies, information communication technology and English literature at Corby Business Academy. After her studies, she would like to go into print journalism. Her website can be found at: jessclaytonberry.wordpress.com

DANIELLE DAILEY-WICKHAM was born in 1998 and grew up in west London. She hopes to pursue a career in broadcast, either as a newsreader or radio presenter. Her website is dandwblog.wordpress.com

SHIVANI DUBEY is a joint honours Journalism and Business Management student from Mumbai, India. She loves to voice her opinions and is an avid cricket enthusiast. Her ambition is to work for the BBC some day. She blogs at sdjournalism2208.wordpress.com

KARIN EKBLOM was born in Sweden 1998, and studied social science in upper secondary school. After graduation she moved to England to study Journalism and Politics at Essex. She takes inspiration from Svetlana Alexievich in her writing, and hopes that one day she will be able to be as good of a writer as Alexievich. Karin’s website is www.karinekblomjournalist.wordpress.com

SOPHIE ENGLAND is 19 and was born in Southend, Essex. She grew up in Benfleet and attended the King John School and Sixth Form. She studied English Language, Photography and Food Technology at A-level. Sophie is interested in sport, in particular football, and aspires to be a journalist at Sky Sports News. Her website is www.sophieenglandofficial.com

ELLINOR FRISTROM was born 1997 in Stockholm, Sweden. During the summer of 2015 she had her first work experience on a newspaper for young people in her hometown. After finishing college in Sweden she took a gap year and worked before coming to the UK to study journalism. In the future she would like to work as a foreign correspondent. She loves travelling and photography. Her website is ellinorfristrom.wordpress.com

VERONIKA GALEVA was born in Silistra, Bulgaria in 1998. She is a young aspiring journalist with a great passion for volunteering. Her website is veronicagaleva.wordpress.com

IRENE GOMEZ was born in Barcelona in 1999, where she studied the international baccalaureate. Currently, she is a Journalism and Liberal Arts joint honours student who feels passionate about words, creativity and interdisciplinary studies. She writes at irenegomezjournalist.wordpress.com

HOLLY HAMMOND

HANNAH HASSAN was born in 1999 and went to school in south-east London. She would like to be a broadcaster, reporting the news on television or radio. Her website is

EVODIE KAWELE was born in Congo. Since she was very young, she has enjoyed singing and participating in dance competitions. Her passion is to help developing countries and work closely with children. Her blog is at appeal572192127.wordpress.com

URTE KIESAITE was born in 1998 in Lithuania. She is interested in cultures, people and their stories. Her dream is to inform and inspire others with her writing. Her website is

MELISSA KING was born in Hertfordshire in 1999, and went to school in Wickford, Essex. She enjoys a variety of topics: sports – including football, cricket, dancing and formula 1, travel, fashion, and current affairs. She would eventually like to become a broadcast sports journalist. Her website is melissanaomiking.wordpress.com

THOMAS LEGG was born in Buckinghamshire in 1999 and went to school in Aylesbury. He attended musical theatre school as a child until taking an interest in journalism. After finishing his degree, he hopes to become a fashion journalist. His website is tomleggblog.wordpress.com

INDIA-ROSE LINDSAY-WHEELER was born in Harlow, Essex in 1995. She grew up in Dovercourt and went to Harwich and Dovercourt High School. She decided to follow a career in journalism after doing work experience at the Archant group newspapers. She has taken a particular interest in crime journalism and human rights. Her blog is indiarosedotblog.wordpress.com

TAYLAH LOWE-ALLEN was born in Hackney, east London in 1999 and later moved to Enfield. She has always had a keen interest in writing and wants to be a music journalist. Her websites can be found at tasteoftaylah.wordpress.com and dailydosageofmusic.wordpress.com

SHERRY PAK LU was born in Hong Kong in 1998. She has completed GCSEs and A-levels in the UK. She likes reading and always keep an eye about what’s happening in society and in world affairs. Her website can be found at shezzablog1998.wordpress.com

CLAUDIA MARMOL is an international student from Spain and a joint honours Journalism and Politics student. She enjoys writing about international politics and would love to make a living as a White House correspondent. Her blog is claudiamarmoljournalist.wordpress.com

MACAULLY MOFFAT was born in 1999. A local boy to Colchester, he found choosing the University of Essex easy. He spends his spare time watching and reviewing sports matches and films. The reviews and previews of football can be heard on his radio show, airing every Monday at rebelessex.com/radio. You can also find his blog at www.macaullymoffat.wordpress.com

ELLA MORLEY is a 19-year-old vegetarian feminist studying joint honours Journalism and Literature. She likes writing local news articles on social issues to raise questions and spark much-needed conversations. Her email is ellamorley1998@gmail.com.

AIESHA MORRIS is studying Journalism as a joint honours course with English Language. She has had a passion for media from a young age and has grown up valuing creativity and originality. She loves finding and analysing the latest news, from politics to gossip. Her website is

HK NORMAN is 18 years-old and grew up in Stamford. They are a political activist, and a member of the Labour Party. They identify as non-binary and genderqueer, and has been an activist for non-binary and transgender rights, running in the student election for theTrans+ officer post in October 2017. They have a keen interest in political journalism, and blogs at politicsnowhk.com

EUAN ORRELL was born in Cobham, Surrey in 1997 and went to school in Woking. He would like eventually to make a living as a music journalist. His website is euanorrell752315888.wordpress.com/

JACOB OTTAWAY was born in Ipswich in 1998. His aspiration for most of his life has been to be a performer, specifically playing drums. However, he has turned his eyes on to the world of journalism in the past year, with a focus on sport, musical and political journalism, while hosting his own radio show at Rebel Essex and working as a white goods specialist part time. His website is jacobottaway.wordpress.com

OLIVIA PENNINGTON born in Rochford, Essex, in 1994. She spent a lot of her childhood living and being educated abroad: she went to school at Loreto Convent in Gibraltar, commuting to and from school and home in Sotogrande in Cadiz, Spain, and then attended St Joseph Convent in the south of France. On returning to England she was home tutored until the age of 16. Her interests include books, media and travel. Her website is oliviapenningtonnet.wordpress.com

DIANA-MIHAELA PETRE

HARRY PETTITT was born in Colchester in 1997 and went to St Helena School. He is a huge Arsenal fan and loves everything topical from law to politics to celebrity gossip. He one day wants to work for the BBC. His website is harrypettitt.wordpress.com

MADIHAH RAHMAN

KATHERINE RIGBY (nee Sims) was born in Birmingham in 1985 and went to Ipswich High School until 2002. During her teenage years, she was a keen horse rider and competed in show jumping competitions all over the UK and Europe. She enjoyed creative writing and spent her spare time reading piles of books. Her life changed drastically in 2004 when her father died suddenly not long before her first child was born. She spent the next seven years juggling motherhood and a senior role in an estate agency. She is married and has three children. Kat returned to education to study journalism after years of wanting to change path. Her website is www.katwrotethis.com

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