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On Journalism, Blogging and Aspirations

I wish this was my image, but it isn't.

I wish this was my image, but it isn’t.

Okay, now I’m going to sentence you to my musings, thoughts and half-baked plans.

As you may know already, I’m studying a degree in Environment and Media Studies. I’ve just finished my first year, and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. This September I’ll need to organise my placement year, a 12 month optional paid work placement taken before the final year of my course. Lately I’ve been getting very tempted to pursue journalism.

I adore writing. Although it’s a highly competitive field to get into, I feel desperate to try.

Ideally I’d like to work for a green publication (no surprises there) but I realise there’s only a small number of those kind of jobs up for grabs, and they’re often voluntary or poorly paid. Nonetheless it’s something I really want to get into, so I’ve been taking some steps towards that goal.

I’ve applied for an editorial position with my university’s student newspaper, The Verse.
And I’ve sent off a short piece – about a new ethical supermarket coming soon to my city – to a local magazine called The Brighton Source.

I’m really excited about this, and I’m really hoping they’ll publish it. I’m already quite proud of myself because it’s the first time I’ve had the guts to approach a publication and just say ”hey, will you publish this?”.

Published articles are like gold dust for the aspiring writer, so I just hope I can get my foot in the door with these guys. I’ve had a couple of things printed before, when I was doing a voluntary internship with Inspired Times magazine last year, but this is the first time I’ve tried to go freelance..

This blog has actually been one of the main drivers in pushing my interest towards journalism. I absolutely love having this platform to express my ideas and communicate with people. It’s by far the best hobby I’ve ever had, so much so that I wish I could make a living out of blogging. It is possible to do that, if you have tonnes of readers (waaaay more than I do) and you sell advertising space. But the thing is, having adverts would, 90% of the time, run counter to Earth Baby’s ethics. I’m quite critical of consumerism, so it’d be pretty hypocritical to have ads on here.

My vague (and decidedly optimistic) idea is to pursue a career in green media, and keep Earth Baby as a personal voice. I love the way the Internet allows us to self-publish in this way. One of humanity’s better inventions, to be sure!

Also, Earth Baby got to 100 followers today! Thank you to all you lovely people!

Sorry if this was all a bit self-indulgent, I’ll get back to writing insightful posts about what’s going on in the world – I promise!

Yay Yay Recycling Win

As I said in my last post I’ve discovered my cafe at university, where I work, has recycling bins for plastic bottles and drinks cans. Since then I’ve been using them (nobody else seems to) but nobody’s been emptying them. Since I started using them I’ve literally seen every bottle and can I’ve put in there piling up, and today I noticed they’re completely full.

But fear not because I spoke to my boss (Mr Paper Cup and Apathy Man… Sorry, I really should stop calling him that) and to my surprise he said he was organizing getting them collected weekly. He says he’s in the process of talking to the caretakers about it. I hope he’s as on the case as he says he is. The other piece of good news is he said he ”wants to do all sorts of things – like get food waste collection”. YES! Thank god he’s coming round to this. If his walk is as good as his talk we might just be getting somewhere after all. First impressions can be misleading it seems… Let’s hope this eco streak runs more than fluffy-comment-deep!

Hope you’re all doing wonderfully..

The Guerrilla Recycler

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my boss insisting on using paper cups in the student cafe, rather than china cups. I had a problem with this because Starbucks coffee is probably our biggest seller and all the cups are thrown out after just one fleeting use – resulting in heaps of trash that I have to lug out to the dustbins after every shift.

My boss wasn’t too receptive to my suggestion of real cups (“Too much washing up, Tegan!”) but I recently discovered that there are actually recycling bins at the back of the cafe for plastic bottles and cans, which are barely used. I didn’t know about them at first because my boss and all the other staff don’t use them, but I’m not surprised they’re there as the university as a whole has a fairly thorough recycling program. Anyway now while I’m clearing tables I get excited when I see discarded juice bottles and cola cans and swoop down on them before the other waitresses can throw them in the bin.

Despite this rather over-zealous approach, I have a slight suspicion these recycling bins aren’t actually emptied. Ever since I started using them I’ve seen all the bottles and cans I’ve put in there piling up, without others being added or the lot being taken away…

I guess if I fill them up before anything happens I can always ask the caretaker. They’re probably just not aware they’re being used. I have told my co-workers about them and urged them to use them but I can’t say I’ve seen any evidence of this so far.

The best bit is the label on top that reads “We ARE recycling! so should you!”. Mmm, of course you are, Mr Paper Cup and Apathy Man. I assume the sign was sellotaped there before he took over management.

There is also a large mixed recycling bin out the back near the smoking area, and I now run out there with armfuls of cardboard and glass bottles, although I’m sure my boss would scold me for ”wasting time” when we’re busy.  Sigh. Anyway, even if it’s a small victory it does make me smile every time I get to do some of this guerrilla recycling!