XCityPlus ask prominent journalists in their fields the crucial who, what, why, where and when of their careers. For the first episode, Eva Levy chats to investigative journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown.
For the third instalment of the series, we’re hearing from Diyora Shadijanova, opinion and personal essays editor at gal-dem and freelance journalist for publications like Cosmopolitan and the Independent. She tells us about learning to grow confidence as a journalist, and her piece that got given a shout-out at a protest!
Everyone experiences self-doubt – or as it is often now known: imposter syndrome. The psychological condition affects 70 per cent of the population, and it isn’t limited to people entering a new profession or starting university – it can affect even the most seasoned of professionals.
XCityPlus spoke to three journalists to find out about their experiences with imposter syndrome, and moments in which they overcame it.
Attendance at British cinemas in 2020 was 75 per cent down on the 176m admissions in 2019. Among those unable to attend due to the pandemic were film critics. Four of the UK’s leading film critics reveal to XCityPlus the home cinema set-up that’s got them through lockdown and what they miss about the silver screen.
As our newsrooms continue to broaden and diversify, it’s important to ensure journalists stay as informed as they can be. Over the past few years, trans people have experienced a historic groundswell in media visibility: from celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox and Elliot Page on glossy magazine covers, to TV shows like Transparent and Pose.
For decades, London has enticed thousands of budding young journalists eager to make their mark in the one of the world’s most established and prestigious media hubs. While Fleet Street’s heyday as London’s journalism epicentre may be over, London still houses just over 50 per cent of the UK’s journalists.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is a light at the end of the tunnel for those whose lives have ground to a halt due to the pandemic. But the success of that programme is being impeded by myths being spread online. XCityPlus spoke to Laura Garcia about how misinformation and disinformation is spread and the causes behind vaccine hesitancy.