City-trained Interactive Journalist with experience in audience strategy, features writing and data visualisation

Bryony Gooch


Memorial service to mark five years since death of South Shields agent

South Shields is to hold a memorial service marking five years since the death of travel agent Chloe Rutherford in the Manchester arena bombing. A service will be held in front of South Shields Town Hall on May 22 at 10am, ending with a minute’s silence. Family and friends will have the opportunity to leave flowers at the memorial bench put up in Chloe and her boyfriend Liam Curry’s honour last year. Chloe was beginning her career in travel as an apprentice for Westoe Travel in South Shields

Vietnam and Myanmar relax travel entry requirements

Vietnam and Myanmar have relaxed Covid entry requirements for international tourists from this week. Vietnam dropped all pre-arrival testing for entry from May 15 while Myanmar began accepting e-visa applications from the same day after a two-year suspension due to the pandemic. Vietnam no longer differentiates between vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers for entry purposes but prime minister Pham Minh Chinh reminded visitors to be cautious and follow appropriate disease prevention measures.

University fails to furlough casual workers again

The University will not furlough casual staff employed at Marketplace, as the retail chain reduces its opening hours for the foreseeable future of the lockdown. An email from Human Resources, originally sent on 13 January to Marketplace management but received by student workers on 21 January, confirmed the University’s stance on furlough: “The position with regards to casual staff is that furlough arrangements will only apply where work had previously been assigned or was due to be assigned t


'When I asked for a calorie count free menu at a chain restaurant they were lovely about it'

When Sophie Bartlett went to Dishoom for her friend’s birthday, she asked for a menu without calories. When the Indian-inspired restaurant didn’t have one, her server – Georgia – took a menu and scribbled over all the calorie information for her. “I’ve never had an eating disorder but I easily got sucked into calorie counting before,” says Bartlett. “It was miserable and really affected my mental health. I have multiple friends and family members who do suffer from eating disorders who have bee

Forget Instagram, BeReal is the ‘authentic’ app that shows your life as it really is

I was sitting in a big meeting with my managers at work when my phone vibrated. Discreetly, I checked the notification. “Time to BeReal. 2 min left to capture a BeReal and see what your friends are up to!” It was awkward timing. I grabbed my phone, already in countdown mode, and took a quick photo before anyone could ask me what I was doing. The photo was awful – my head looked egg-like and I could only manage an indiscriminate photo of our office wall. This is the cost of being real – the risk

What is Twitter For Professionals?

Twitter is allowing users to opt into a professional account via its “Twitter For Professionals” tab. Introduced at the beginning of October, this new Twitter feature provides those who use the platform for work a new set of tools, enhancing their endeavours. This includes features like Twitter Ads, Quick Promote, Advanced Profile features, and retail options. Twitter defines professionals as “Creators, publishers, businesses, nonprofits, developers – anyone who comes to Twitter to do business”

Q&A with poet Romeo Oriogun: Sacrament of Bodies

Romeo Oriogun is an award-winning poet from Nigeria. His previous work includes the chapbooks Burnt Men, The Origin of Butterflies and Museum of Silence. He was also awarded the 2017 Brunel international African Poetry Prize and has attained fellowships from institutions such as Harvard University, the IIE-Artist Protection Fund and the Oregon Institute for Creative Research. We spoke to Romeo Oriogun about his latest publication Sacrament of Bodies (University of Nebraska Press, 2020) — a movi

4 University Students Explain How Covid-19 Destroyed Their Future Ambitions

As the summer of 2020 came to an end, students were given a glimpse of hope. Or, at least, of normality. Pubs and social meeting spots had reopened, albeit with restrictions. We were told that it was safe to return to universities; that they were putting in place measures that allowed for a seamless blend of online and in-person teaching. It seemed as though our world was inching back towards the life that the prospectuses had promised. There were even whispers that clubs might reopen as we pack

Exeter Prison’s Revolving Door

Music Editor Bryony Gooch explores the link between Exeter’s homelessness crisis and the failing prison system. Walking around Exeter, it is impossible to ignore the large number of homeless people in the city. During the day you’ll see them on the streets, trying to scrape together enough money for a meal. As you stagger back home at night, you’ll encounter their sleeping bags huddled in doorways. Exeter is not exempt from the country’s homelessness crisis; these are the most vulnerable people