Exeposé is the work of a diverse group of editors, all of whom are passionate about journalism. Our editors are students, who write, design and manage the paper and website in their spare time. Each section has two editorial teams: one dedicated to the website, the other to the print edition.
We are all proud to be working on Exeposé this academic year.
2019-2020 Exeposé Editorial Team
Online Editor – Ellie Cook
Ellie is one half of the online editorial team, coming back from her year abroad and thrilled to bore everyone with how it was the best experience ever- she knows the world is just waiting to hear again about how she learnt to tan this year. She is looking forward to pretending to understand admin controls on Facebook groups, moaning about how her fourth-year house is outrageously far from campus and being even more upset about having to consider getting a bike. Super excited to have come this far with an organization she has loved being a part of since being an overwhelmed Fresher, Ellie is ready to co-steer with a fantastic group of people and, more importantly, wear a jumper with her name emblazoned on it.
Online Editor – Harry Caton
Tumbling out of an undergraduate English degree, Harry returns to Exeposé under the vague auspices of “finding something to do on my Masters”. Realistically, he could just never bring himself to leave. Having spent the 2018-9 committee criminally over-indulging his love of obscure film theory, elaborate wordplay, and copious office-bound bakes, he returns as part of the Senior Team. In the transition, he’s replaced youthful zest with curmudgeonly irritation, and editing with admin. Plenty of admin. There’s still plenty more for him to be excited about in the new year of Exeposé Online, however, with a new role, new website, and an exceptional new brace of editors. He can’t wait to get the Exeposé band back together.
Print Editor – Isabelle Gray
When not wearing a massively oversized coat everyday or designing runway ready Exeposé stash, Isabelle tries to run the paper. This mainly consists of lots of orange lucozade sport, and humming Kanye West to herself to try and in state a better sense of calm come deadline day. Isabelle ‘allegedly’ studies an English degree, but this is yet to be confirmed. She’s known for often describing the paper as her baby, and will often detail the motions of labour that press week gives her: exhaustion, pain, but some pretty intense adrenaline knowing we somehow did it by the end of it, and the satisfaction of being able to say ‘it’s not even that ugly’.
Print Editor – Aaron Loose
Aaron is one of the Exeposé print editors and an occasional final year English student. Last year, he edited the Music section and introduced the now popular noun “Exeposette” into the local lexicon; he’s still undecided on which of these achievements he is most proud. Between interminable monologues on the greatness of Q-Tip and The National, he busies himself making Exeposé a zesty community where all inchoate reporting extraordinaires can polish their writing and photography skills. To be honest, he is quite the talkative sort, so if you ever have any questions about getting involved in media or just want a friendly natter, drop him a message.
Deputy Editor – Neha Shaji
Neha swore she would retire from public life. Plot twist: she didn’t. She is an MA English Literary Studies student, who reads her coursework into the early hours and drinks Camper Coffee dry.
She epitomizes the phrase “little pitchers have big ears” and will only speak to you if you compliment her appearance. She also has a fascination with Jawaharlal Nehru to the extent some described it as “bit weird”, “academically sound yet personally odd” and “Neha stop making Nehru your lockscreen, that’s gross”.
As Deputy Editor, she will be found in the Exeposé Office almost constantly, to help out with content, design, fix pressing matters of InDesign, and investigate loose ends (what is inside the condemned drawer?). Or perhaps outside DH1 partaking in what she calls inhalation exercises, and “practicing breathing in case I wanted to be a firefighter”.
Online News Editor – Emma Hussain
Freshly returned from her year abroad in the French Alps, Emma hopes to lend her boundless optimism to the paper this year. One of the few northerners in Exeter (and she won’t let you forget it), Emma hails from Lancashire, so is often to be found singing the praises of the humble chip butty. Aside from wrapping up her International Relations and French degree, Emma plans to spend this year trotting around Exeter, first-responding to any and all local scoop (in between rewatching old episodes of TV sitcoms).
Online News Editor – Pete Syme
Print News Editor – Henry Jones
The one usually wearing a blue shirt, Henry is one of our News Editors for 2019/20. When not playing ABBA in the Exeposé office, he’s trying to bluff his way through an International Relations degree. Alongside this, he specialises in defence and international security writing for the UK Defence Journal. He’s previously appeared live on BBC News, Sky News, Al Jazeera, and BBC Radio Four, providing analysis on Iran, Kashmir, and a range of defence matters closer to home!
Print News Editor – Louis Donohoe
Hailing from the far flung land of Jersey; Louis has come to Exeposé in his third year in order to increase a workload that already seems to be far too much for him. Despite this he relishes the prospect of writing gripping stories on the university’s biggest concerns such as the seagull infestation on forum hill and what food the marketplace is stocking next. Insert joke about doing English along with every other member of Exeposé.
Online Comment Editor – Olly Haynes
Online Comment Editor – Gaia Neiman
Print Comment Editor – Kamila Bell
Print Comment Editor – George Clark
George is a near-Southampton-ite with a passion for memes, memes and occasionally journalism (when it concerns memes). He is an intermittent second-year English student with an obsession for ultra-sad vibes indie-rock music, a penchant for writing meme-centric poetry and an unhealthy fixation with his own height (you’ll know when you see him).
To this day, his biggest flex is “getting a seminar leader to discuss the etymology of yeet for 45 minutes”. He thinks Exeposé is kinda cool too (especially now that he is on committee) and can regularly be found in the office distracting himself from reading sonnets by looking up puppy videos and making bad puns – ExeposYAY, anyone?
Online Features Editor – Bryan Knight
Enthusiastically, Bryan has taken on the role of Online Features Editor. The Kenyan-born history student has a particular interest in both black-British and post-colonial history. Bryan has a love for TV and watches a plethora of shows ranging from Question Time to the Atlanta Housewives… merely for “research purposes”. He credits both Sarah Jane Smith and Oprah Winfrey for sparking his interest in broadcast journalism and aims to pursue it as a career after University. Living in a time when the media is frequently attacked, and the truth often manipulated, Bryan understands the importance of his role and is committed to maintaining a high quality of reporting whilst never shying away from uncomfortable realities.
Online Features Editor – Kate Norman
Print Features Editor – Jaysim Hanspal
Jaysim Hanspal could not be reached for comment or a description for her editor’s biography, as she is currently in India on yet another holiday after living on an island in the Indian Ocean for a year. It is still unclear as to whether she fully understands just how annoying her Instagram and in fact her life for the past year has been for her friends trapped in tiny villages in Northern France. Born in Essex but growing up in Chelsea, Jaysim does know a thing or two about reality television, in the sense that she is extremely dramatic about nothing and laughs at her own jokes.
Print Features Editor – Will Harrop
After exploiting a gaping loophole in the Exeposé election system, Will was elected as print features editor 2019/2020 after he legally changed his name to RON for the day. Hailing from Hitchin, Hertfordshire (otherwise known as the Holy Land for the Middle Class) Will was particularly attracted to Exeter due to its gargantuan John Lewis, which he maintains is the city’s real cathedral. Fun fact: Will is an exclusive member of the small fraction of the Exeposé committee that doesn’t study English. Instead, he studies History, which he has been on record describing as ‘pretty interesting’ but also ‘quite hard’. Will looks forward to getting the Features section to continue its previous stellar work of insightfully discussing a dazzling range of global issues, particularly the ever-relevant issue of decolonisation. –
Online Lifestyle Editor – Emily Pirie
When not obsessing over sausage dogs, ice cream and Frida Kahlo, Emily will be found frantically writing a piece for exepose and creating content calls. A little birdie once said that “colour is a human’s best friend” and that is something Emily is obsessed with. From charity shop rainbow socks, to purple wigs, Emily will put it in her basket. She hopes to merge some of this colour into her role as lifestyle editor.
Online Lifestyle Editor – Amy Butterworth
Amy likes to think she embodies that cool, fashionable, somewhat aloof, estranged aunt that periodically visits from her travels, always out of the blue. Alongside an assortment of eccentric gifts she brings stories of summer flings, daytime outings and nightly escapades.
In reality, she’s just a hopeless romantic who likes to read poems and pretend to relate to them – she studies English Literature, what more could you expect? In fact, when asking her friends to describe her in one word (ignoring the fact that most refused to participate), the most resounding response says it all: “nerd”.
Print Lifestyle Editor – Anna Romanvoska
A classic philosophy student regretting choosing to study the futility of life, Anna can usually be found crying in various locations (her favourite being the -1 Forum library toilets). Who can blame her when she is faced with the impending doom of transforming into a fully-fledged Babushka by the age of 30? The curse of the Slav continues with multiple failed attempts at going veggie, a patriotic obsession with Czech beer, and constant reminders of her Czech nationality. She is a pretentious mess who will roast you for your love of Ed Sheeran. Avoid her at all costs when she’s coffee deprived.
Print Lifestyle Editor – Izzy Cole
Often mistaken as a fresher, Izzy can either be seen getting ID’d for Christmas crackers, or strolling around campus with a Pret in her hand. Whilst she loves doing both, the rest of her time is usually spent in the Exeposé office editing articles or trying to come up with witty titles for them, which in reality, are simply crap. Whilst Izzy may not be part of the large English-student population within the society, as a fellow geographer she feels Exeposé has provided her with the perfect opportunity to put those ‘colouring in’ skills to the test by spending at least half an hour to decide on which shade of purple to use for her Lifestyle page. Will she choose a violet, lilac or maybe even a cheeky magenta? Your guess is as good as mine.
Online Music Editor – Megan Frost
Avid listener of music, reader of words, and drinker of tea. Plays flute, guitar, and ukulele! Favourite genres include indie/acoustic, folk, or anything upbeat! Likes to spend time thinking of witty (or not so witty) puns, reading, playing instruments or some sort, or going to gigs in Exeter/South Wales. Was initially brought to Exeposé by writing a study playlist article as a way of procrastinating!
Online Music Editor – Stephen Ong
Being your typical indie guitarist studying literature, one would expect Stephen to be a music snob. But music snob he is not; he grew up on an excessive amount of pop-punk and uses Exeposé as a platform to share his love of One Direction. In an attempt to be cultured (and due to his lack of decisiveness), Stephen has gone on a year abroad to the Netherlands, where he can be found watching football or listening to songs about always wanting to die (sometimes). Despite being in a different country, he hopes to continue to influence the music tastes of unwary Exeposé readers.
Print Music Editor – Bryony Gooch
Despite her protestations of not being a complete cliché, you can add Bryony to the abundance of English students for whom Exeposé is an opportunity to keep their ideas flowing and their fingers tapping. *insert joke about uneasily writing in the third person here*. Nonetheless, she is here – and moving into her second year! As she crosses the bridge from last year’s stint as Online Music Editor into Print, she guarantees that it’s business as usual. Expect her to evangelise the works of Lizzo (and any other woman in music doing awesome things); catch her trying to persuade fellow English students that Geoffrey Chaucer is cool, and join her in the fight against the term “Exeposette”: the true shadow hanging over student media.
Print Music Editor – Richard Ainslie
Lover, liver, loser. Two of these words have been used to describe Richard Ainslie. Having arrived a few years late to Exeter he would call himself a serial delayer, and, due to his penchant for late night Golden Nuggets, a cereal delayer. When not listening to Bob Dylan, drooling over the 1960s, or walking in the woods at 3am, you might find him writing a bio in the third person or with a surfboard between his legs. Sex, drugs and rock and roll attracted him to Exeposé; he is still looking for them. Whether in bed, in life, or in not turning the conversation to bees, Richard has a unique way of disappointing people. Nonetheless he savours the chance to make the music section less contemporary and less relevant than ever.
Online Screen Editor – Jacob Heayes
Often curled up in front of a film, it’s a relief that Jacob now has an excuse to be productive and actually write about them. While it can be hard to tell apart stereotypical film boys, Jacob is easily identifiable by his frankly concerning obsession with found-footage horror films, Japanese arthouse and the 2018 remake of Suspiria. An undeniably risky source for recommendations, Jacob is nonetheless thrilled to use his position as an excuse to project his usual ramblings onto more unsuspecting readers.
Online Screen Editor – Abi Taphouse
Abi Taphouse lives in a constant state of trying to fit in, while still being ‘edgy’ and independent. She is probably failing at all three of these things. She frequents the library and studies English but would rather poke herself in the eye than read anything deemed a “classic”. She is probably the least qualified Screen Editor but she is as enthusiastic as a 4 year old and seems to think that makes up for it. Don’t mock her lack of tan come September for she has spent the last three months holed up watching films, desperately trying to absorb a fraction of the knowledge her co-editors have.
Print Screen Editor – Sam Thomson
Sam is known as a ‘Don Corleone’ figure around the Exepose office, although this is mainly due to his heavy face prosthetics and speech impediment known as ‘being from Gloucestershire’. While it can be hard to tell apart stereotypical film boys, Sam is easily identifiable by his Jurassic Park t-shirts, unwarranted Pixar trivia, and extensive second hand DVD collection. When he’s away from the office, Sam can often be found using conversations about films as a crutch to hide his social awkwardness. Outside of Exepose, Sam’s hobbies include creative writing, photography and browsing baby name forums.
Print Screen Editor – Johnny Chern
Having completed a year abroad in Hong Kong, Johnny returns to Exeposé with a renewed love of film journalism and an obligatory love of his International Relations degree. Johnny lacks the personality to write a 50 – 100 word bio about so here are a list of his nicknames including but not limited to: John, Big John, Moderately-sized John, Jon Bon, Jon’s Bons, Draco Thunderous, The Favourite, The Chosen One, Goodnight Mr. Jon, John Snow, Lemmy Intruder, John Quixote, Chilli John Carne, Atomic John, and finally Chern After Reading.
Arts + Lit Team
Online Arts & Lit Editor – Ariane Joudrey
From a little village in the middle of nowhere, arriving in the big ol’ city of Exeter was an eye-opener for all the opportunities the world could offer, including the beauty of Exepose Arts and Lit. Literature is my life, forever and always, what better way to spend my time?
I play at The Old Firehouse occasionally so feel free to come and see the arguably wilder side of me. Will only drink tea and rose wine, perhaps even mixed?!?! Jokes, far too sensible and busy organising and doing important work of course!
Online Arts & Lit Editor – Greta Sanna
Print Arts & Lit Editor – Zach Mayford
If you swing by the Exepose offices, you might see a lanky individual editing the Arts and Lit pages, concocting devilish puns, or revelling in the sound of his own voice. If he’s dishevelled and bespectacled, it’s probably Zach Mayford, a third year English student. He’s often keen to chat about Irish Fiction, grammatical grey areas, or the vertiginous heights and toe-curling lows of student journalism.
A fan of gripping reads, incisive reporting, and medium oofs, Zach is forever pushing the Exepose envelope. Teetering between pretentiousness and self-deprecation, English and Welsh, and the relative merits of the words ‘between’ and ‘betwixt’, if it’s Arts and/or Lit you’re after, Zach’s your guy.
Print Arts & Lit Editor – Cherry-Anastasia Boroceanu
Cherry-Anastasia is often stuck in the situation where she has to explain what her Liberal Arts degree does, ‘yes, I major in English!’
When not immersing herself into the world of books, she often finds herself hunting down different variant covers of books from her favourite authors (Austen and Dickens of course!) then reads it again and again…
She has a long list of places that she wants to tick off, spends an insane amount of time travelling (though complains endlessly about how tiresome it is) and trying to take artsy shots complemented by artsy literature quotes.
A weird habit of hers though, she exhibits a particular interest in black ball pens and resists blue ball pens in general (picky much?)
With her love of writing and the arts, Cherry-Anastasia is loving her work at Exeposé and is constantly spotted spying on the news stand waiting for the fresh paper arrives!
Online Science Editor – Sira Charbel
When she’s not tasked with explaining that no, Lebanon is not in Beirut, and no, Sainsbury’s doesn’t make “authentic” hummus, Sira is a Maths student and the Online Science Editor at Exeposé. She’s got one aim: Make Science Diverse Again (MSDA for short). She can be found in the library between 10 pm and 5 am, while mumbling in French about a tutorial sheet, or getting a coffee from Prêt in between crying seshs about Groups, Rings, Fields and other mathematical objects. Alternatively, she will surely be found in Harrison, home of the science nerds. Special talents include juggling (not limited to responsibilities) and playing guitar.
Online Science Editor – Tom Dormer
Writing and Physics are not two words often found in the same sentence, however both these words can be found in the ‘Hobbies and interests’ section on Tom’s Facebook bio: (“Interests are writing & physics”). Despite spending long, ungodly hours trying to understand quantum harmonic oscillators and triple integrals, Tom has managed to find a hidden enthusiasm in journalism (an interest which has been welcomed by his English Literature partner). When he’s not claiming this year’s ‘£3 meal deals’ from the Marketplace is a scam or playing Wii sports at home, Tom can be found trying to emulate the career paths of Brian May and Brian Cox by being another physicist in a band (despite being significantly worst and not (yet) having the name Brian…)
Print Science Editor – Scarlett Parr-Reid
If I’m not writing or editing articles for the paper, you’ll find me with my head in a book, enjoying walks in the Devon countryside or watching films.
I came to Exeposé at the start of 2018, as a novice. I’d found great pleasure in researching for and writing pieces and so joined the committee to advance my editing skills as Science Print Editor.
Now, I’ve updated my hobbies to include resident Exeposé office DJ, a true testament to the number of hours that will show up on my Spotify wrapped this year.
Written word is a legacy, because, as Yuval Noah Harari once wrote, “questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question”.
Print Science Editor – Elinor Jones
Shock horror, Elinor is a ‘scientist’, and is rarely seen outside her natural habitat of St Luke’s, although rumour has it she frequents Timepiece on a more-than-necessary basis. When she’s not musing over her incredibly poor life decisions at said club, she’s often crying about how hard her Medical Sciences degree is whilst signing up to do a masters and phd, telling everyone how she was once a World Championship rower or complaining the Cavern’s Indie Night isn’t ‘indie’ enough. Easily persuaded with the promise of free food, coffee and dogs.
Online Sport Editor – Ben Dickenson Bampton
Online Sport Editor – Ed Alexander
Print Sport Editor – Josh Brown
Emanating from one of the deepest, darkest areas of rural Essex, Josh’s cool head, pleasant disposition and calming influence made him a key part of Exeposé’s most recent intramural success – winners of the Division 6 intramural netball league in Spring 2019. Staying true to himself, he dedicated the Golden Hand won that year – being the division’s top scorer – to his teammates. Having had minor county trials in his best sport – cricket – as a youngster, Brown is one of the most decorated sportsmen within Exeposé – though his true passion is for football. Despite a mediocre playing career, he has risen from working within non-league to posts with Exeter City FC and Stoke Hill FC.
Print Sport Editor – Nick Powell
Chief Photographer – Rory Selvey
Rory is a PPE student tasked with making the paper look pretty and irritating the writers by taking up too much room on the front page. He began as a wildlife photographer in his early teens, but then made some friends, and since has devoted an inordinate amount of time trying (and succeeding…) to make his Instagram absolutely banging. His unique (in)abilities lend themselves to the role of Photographer, where he can lurk behind a camera and fuel the egos of others with endless supplies of candid portraits. Somewhat nomadic, he might be found on the touch-line on Wednesday afternoons, camera-in-hand, quietly tutting at the (occasional) inadequacy of Exeter’s sports teams.
Foreign Correspondent Coordinator – Madeleine Baker
Despite being on a year abroad next year, as is somewhat explicit in the position Foreign Correspondent Coordinator, Maddie plans on being just as involved in Exeposé as ever. After spending a year umming and ahhing about the possibility of being on committee, in 2018, Maddie finally took the plunge and has especially enjoyed writing pieces about foreign affairs, politics and culture. Being more than a bit of a Japan enthusiast, she spends most of her time struggling with the 3 (yes, 3) Japanese alphabets and fittingly decided to jet off to Kyoto for the year. Other than that, Maddie spends a lot of time crafting excessively researched History essays, frantically grabbing coffees in between deadlines, and reading nineteenth-century novels – many of their protagonists head off to foreign countries for a year too!
After finishing her degree without engaging in a single extra-curricular activity, Sarah jumped at the chance to enhance her personal life (cough CV) by taking on the role of Social Secretary. Studying for a Masters in English Lit, Sarah’s hobbies include encouraging people to do Camp America, the sesh, attempting to be wavy, the sesh, pretending to understand critical theory and the sesh.
Second year student trying to be put-together but really just winging it. Interests include books, films, christmas, and planning things; in no particular order. On my free time from freaking out about uni, I like to stare at the ceiling and think about odd scenarios that will most likely never happen. I’m always up for weird conversations about the intricacies of life, whether it be about our broken political system or about a crab’s immortality. My hope for this year is to bring all you lovely Exeposé members and newcomers some great socials to let out all the steam and stress of daily life.
More commonly known as Fozz, you’ll find her in the proofing booth getting a sneak peak at the next issue of Exeposé. She’d like to say she brings joy to proofing where she’s delightful company, cheerfully quipping: “Come for the pizza – stay for the grammar!” In reality, she dictates to everyone the correct system to distribute the garlic & herb dips and hits delirium at 3pm when she threatens everyone to play Trivia Corner from the Study Break pages. Nevertheless, she remains popular amongst her colleagues, including Sports Editor Josh Brown who has referred to her as “occasionally useful”.
~ eyes widen in momentary nausea ~
As per Exeposé tradition, the bio writing must commence and the social recluse, that is Catherine, must rise from her seclusion. Between a lineage of female lunacy, her distant relation to the 1916 Easter Rising Commander Seamus Rafter and an extensive thimble collection – nay, showroom – she has yet to decide which will garner her the most clout in her new role. A firm believer in the phenomenon of a ‘mercury retrograde’, Catherine is a self-confessed astrology meme addict. Overheard excusing this woeful behaviour, she has been quoted as saying it’s the ‘therapy her bank account won’t allow’. If she looks crazed, she is likely incensed that no-one understands her affection for tomato juice. To soothe, ply her with … tomato juice. Otherwise, she’ll be doe-eyed fawning over the talent of Exeposé’s contributors. If you didn’t know already, it’s the home of some pretty extraordinary people.