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Hi, I'm Isabelle Jani-Friend!
I am a multimedia journalist writing news pieces, investigations, commentary, and reported features on health, human rights, politics, climate and culture.
I have written over 400 articles both online and in print for major outlets.
I work across print, digital, audio and video for some of the world’s biggest media outlets including VICE, The Guardian, The Financial Times, CNN, The Independent, HuffPost, Stylist, i-D, Refinery29, The BMJ, Views Our Own and The Equal Group.
I currently work as a freelance lifestyle writer for Metro.
My work centres around the theme of human rights. I am particularly interested in the politics of disability, healthcare, gender and race. I have also done lots of work on mental health.
Through my work I elevate underrepresented and marginalised voices and help to diversify the media.
I have created campaign content and given speeches at events for Just Treatment, Proteostasis Therapeutics, Labour Conference 2022, The World Transformed and Global Justice Now. Most notably speaking along side Bernie Sanders at the Global Rally for a Peoples Vaccine.
I have hosted workshops and spoken at events for the likes of Youth Politics UK, One Young World, News UK, the Student Publication Association and So You Want To Be A Journalist.
I was shortlisted for the Media Freedom Awards 2022, NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2021, the Freelance Writing Awards 2021 and nominated at the National Diversity Awards 2021.
Deer Collisions in Ashdown Forest
There are a significant number of collisions with deer in East Sussex, resulting in injury or death for both deer and drivers, with Ashdown Forest in particular having some of the highest levels of Deer Vehicle collisions in the country. But what is being done about it? Track- Brooklyn and the Bridge by Nico Staf in YouTube Audio Library (No attribution is required.)
Is TikTok Therapy Helpful, or Harmful?
People Are Seeking Help and Support Through Therapy TikToks– but Are They Helpful, or Are They Harmful? Videos under hashtags #TikTokTherapy and #Therapy are spiking in popularity, with 481.5M views and 2.8B views respectively. But do these 60 second videos help or do they risk oversimplifying mental illness? I spoke to Nick Conn, founder of Help4Addiction. Track- Hologram by Bobby Richards in YouTube Audio Library (No attribution is required.) Track- Over Time in YouTube Audio Library (No attribution is required.)
Toxic Activism: Can Social Media Help Or Hinder Campaigning?
Online activism is often dismissed as 'clicktivism' or 'PowerPoint activism' but can it actually enact legitimate change? I spoke to campaigner, Pablo O'Hana about his opinions on the issue. Track- Over Time in YouTube Audio Library (No attribution is required.)
WelcoMe, Disability Aware Customer Service
Edinburgh-based tech company Neatebox's 'WelcoMe' app allows users to notify staff ahead of their arrival and request support if needed. This video includes an interview with CEO Gavin Neate, an interview with Siobhan Meade, a Journalist, and YouTube creator, and a step by step walk through of the app. https://www.neatebox.com Track- Hologram by Bobby Richards in YouTube Audio Library (No attribution is required.)
Global Rally for a People’s Vaccine
Ahead of the Global Day of Action for a People’s Vaccine, we are joined by an amazing line up of international speakers at the forefront of the fight against vaccine apartheid. Join us to find out why and how we need to take action against vaccine apartheid. We're fighting for a Peoples Vaccine - available and affordable to all countries. We’re calling on governments to support the proposal to suspend patents on vaccines at the World Trade Organisation and on companies to share their technological know-how so that production can be ramped up. Learn more and join the Global Day of Action on 11 March: http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/peoplesvaccine
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