Sara Lovallo, Chief Editor, Design Team
Sara is a journalism student at Glasgow Clyde College. Her passion for writing brought her to Glasgow in 2017 to start her education as a journalist after three years of home education. She has explored many areas of writing, seeing her first published work in a poetry contest at the age of 14, winning first prize in a national journalism contest in 2013. A blogger, her website covers the subject of home-education and her personal journey in education. Before becoming part of the Clyde Insider, she contributed to a local Italian newspaper, Ravenna WebTV, during a working stage in her home town.
Emma Arthurs, Deputy Editor, Head of Digital
A student at Glasgow Clyde College, Emma is shifting her interests from Creative Writing to the field of Journalism. Deputy editor of the Clyde Insider newspaper and the head of digital for The Clyde Insider Online, Emma hopes to achieve her HND and then return to the world of work with a strong portfolio and in-depth knowledge of the field. Formerly a Copywriter and Content Writer for a start up web design company, Emma is looking to bring her experiences into her studies as she expands upon her knowledge and abilities and begins to take a more particular path as an Entertainment Writer, working with reviews, interviews and opinion pieces. She hopes to maintain her interest in creative outlets such as poetry and monologues, posting regularly to her blog.
Valentina Servera, Deputy Editor
Valentina Servera is a 18 year old from Barcelona, who moved to Glasgow in June to study journalism at Glasgow Clyde College. Valentina is involved in politics as she is part of a youth political party in Catalonia (JERC) and has worked on many occasions with the SNP youth. She loves sports, epecially football, swimming and gymnastics. Valentina trained in gymnastics her entire life and had the chance to represent her country until an injury forced her to retire sooner than what she expected.
Lauren Vallely, Features Editor
Lauren is studying Journalism at Glasgow Clyde College. She is the Deputy Editor of the Creative Writing Department and aspires to be an Investigative Journalist. She has always had a passion for writing and hopes to show this in her work. Lauren has received multiple Saltire awards for her volunteering efforts within her community. This includes contributing to an anti-bullying campaign and volunteering at a local care home. As well as receiving these awards, Lauren was presented with a Princess Diana award for creating and sustaining a positive change. Lauren is determined to have her writing published in the near future.
Margaret Fisher, News Editor
Margaret is a mature student studying practical journalism with the objective of making a career change writing for magazines, copywriting and PR. She currently works part-time in human resources specialising in employment law. She has a background in business development, management and training, at one time working for Highlands & Islands Enterprise when she lived in Inverness. During her career she has written articles for business publications and for a Scottish magazine. For fun she likes to keep fit, plays bridge, mahjong and sings in a community choir.
Kieran Topper, Sports Editor
Kieran is an aspiring journalist from Castlemilk. He is studying Journalism at Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus. His focus is mainly the entertainment and sports areas of journalism. He is inspired heavily by companies like Sky Sports and Rolling Stone and smaller websites like Football Whispers and Consequence of Sound. Kieran sub-edits for the Sports Department, writes for both the Entertainment and Creative Writing Departments and hopes to be editor of the Opinion department. Kieran, when he finishes his studies of journalism, hopes to become a sports journalist at BT, Sky or ESPN and possibly even go on to do football or MMA punditry. Should he decide he prefers the entertainment side however, writing for Rolling Stone magazine whether it’s doing album reviews or movie reviews would be the dream. Kieran would one day also like to try his hand at being an author.
Ryan Grant, Entertainment Editor, Digital Team
An aspiring Journalist from Neilston, Ryan is a student at Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus studying HND Practical Journalism. His main focus, as Editor of the Entertainment Department, is to produce articles focused largely on Movies, Games, Music, Books, Events – both local and otherwise – and distributing interesting facts and tips about Glasgow that people may now have previously known. Supported by a dedicated team of writers, he hopes to create a space on the web that welcomes all people, no matter where they may have come from or where they are going. His main aspiration is to become a movie or games reviewer, however is adept in all areas of journalism. After HND Journalism, he hopes to be working in the field of Multimedia journalism, specializing in reviews and interviews. He is, however open to the concept of working as a news reporter, or even in the world of Sports.
Caylin O’Brien, Creative and Opinions Editor
Caylin is currently studying a HND in Journalism at Glasgow Clyde College and is the Depute Editor for the Features Department. She hope to then progress to University to further her studies in Journalism and to also study a course in Creative Writing. After obtaining her degree, she then hopes to build her reputation in the industry by working for newspapers such as The Herald, The Guardian or The Telegraph. Eventually, Caylin would like to become a travel writer it is her passion to explore various culture around the world and then convey the experience through her writing. Caylin has had some of her writing published. One of them was for ‘The Young Writers Association’ which was published in a book along with many of the other candidates. Caylin is hardworking and determined to do well in this course to achieve her goal of becoming a professional journalist.
Valentas Virmauskis, Digital and Design Team
Valentas Virmauskis is a 22-year-old journalism student from Lithuania, currently studying at Glasgow Clyde College. His first steps into journalism started in 2015, after his attempts to publish his thoughts on basketball sadly ended with no response from the Lithuanian news services. From this he began building up his own audience on Facebook by launching a personal blog, called “Krepsinio Filosofija” (eg. Basketball Philosophy). Which consists of more than 1700 likes already. Valentas is also passionate about sports consisting of strength, such as strongman, weightlifting and powerlifting. This made him want to broaden his knowledge in nutrition and fitness by turning these into his routine. Currently Valentas is a keen writer for the sports department, of The Clyde Insider. Along with this, he is also a social media strategist (focus on Facebook), a member of the digital team and a designer for The Clyde Insider newspaper.
Lauren Maclean, Digital Team
Lauren Maclean is was the Editor of the Clyde Insider for Winter 2017, having previously worked in Commonspace. In 2016 she studied Media Studies, and now in 2017 she is a HND Journalism student. Both of these years were spent studying at Glasgow Clyde College – Cardonald Campus. Lauren’s main focus in her writing is film reviews and opinion pieces.
Tasha is originally from Fort William in the Highlands. She’s now living in central Glasgow as a student journalist at Glasgow Clyde College, and the Creative Writing Editor for the Clyde Insider. Her ambitions are to gain a deep understanding of the journalism industry, and build a strong portfolio to go on to University. She enjoys writing a variety of things including poetry, beauty related articles and features. Criminal and investigative news pieces also interest her a lot, she is hoping the course will guide her to a more specific path within journalism. She has always had a deep passion for writing, which started in school studying English and the interest grew further. In her spare time, she enjoys going out, playing guitar and maintaining her online blog which focuses on poetry and beauty.
Ewan is an aspiring journalist, studying for an HND in Practical Journalism at Glasgow Clyde College. With an interest in international politics, Ewan writes news and features articles with the objective of helping better explain complicated internal issues faced by the modern world – his primary focus is to look at how internal politics affects a globalised society like the UK. After becoming fully qualified, Ewan hopes to delve further into the political field, working towards a career covering the United Nations on behalf of a news organisation.
David King, Digital Team