Claudia Jacob

I'm a French and Spanish graduate from Durham University, currently completing an MA in Newspaper Journalism at City, University of London. I'm the former Interview Editor of Palatinate, Durham University's official student newspaper and I also contribute to 'My French Life', an online magazine for Francophiles which explores French-speaking cultures beyond the clichés.

Paris 2024: Greener Olympics?

The postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have only drawn to a close a few months ago, but Anne Hidalgo’s sights have, for many years prior, been firmly set on the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Aiming to host the most environmentally sustainable Olympics in history, the Parisian mayor has extremely ambitious plans in order to make the French capital as sustainable as possible, in time for it to be judged on the world stage. The wider environmental aim is for the 2024 Paris Olympics to be the first Gam

5 Top Brunch spots in Paris: Montmartre

When I think of le petit dej, the first thing that springs to mind is tartines with butter and jam, a black coffee and maybe a croissant au beurre. Breakfast doesn’t tend to be the main event in France, after all, a heavy breakfast would mean no space for the boeuf bourguignon or the steak frites for lunch. But as a Londoner who is obsessed with brunch, I was pleased to see how well established the brunch trend is in Paris, where I spent part of my year abroad. Not only that, but the French hav

Imposter syndrome: self-doubt, social media, and success

Dr Anna Parkman is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Agribusiness and Applied Economics at Ohio State University, specialising in the research of Imposter Syndrome. Her research looks at the way that Imposter Syndrome is manifested in a variety of demographics, primarily in higher education and in the workplace. Interview Editor, Claudia Jacob, speaks to Dr Parkman about the triggers of Imposter Syndrome, the implications of social media and trends of toxic productivity during t

Editor’s picks: Interview

Over the past year, as with many of us, my Goodreads bookshelf (oxymoronic as that phrase is) has seen an increase in narratives which encourage us to decolonise our imperial understanding of history. We have been busy (re)educating ourselves and acting on this knowledge, not so as to prioritise one canon over another, but to recalibrate our fundamental understanding of the whitewashed curriculum we have all been exposed to. This recalibration isn’t just in terms of literary decolonisation, but

Review: ‘Empireland’

As one of the pitifully few students who learnt, for my History A-Level, of some of the atrocities which the British Empire committed during its colonial rule of India, Sathnam Sanghera’s new book, Empireland, immediately caught my attention. Born in the UK, Sanghera’s parents emigrated from India in 1968 and, having entered the education system not speaking a word of English, Sanghera went on to earn a first-class degree in English Language and Literature from Cambridge. He has now written sev

In conversation with Durham University’s Women in Business Society

Durham University’s Women in Business Society (DUWIB) was set up in 2010 with the aim of supporting students in their career development throughout their time as a student at Durham. The Society aims to inform and support students through career-orientated workshops and panel events as well as through events led by their sponsors which include American Express, Amazon, BNP Paribas, EY, Herbert Smith Freehills and PA Consulting. Interview Editor, Claudia Jacob, speaks to Imaan Ahmad, the Presiden

Meet the 93% Club

The 93% Club is a UK-wide charity that provides a national social mobility network, dedicated to levelling the playing field for students who were educated at state schools who account for 93% of the population, but face exceptional inequality when it comes to obtaining opportunities at university and in the workplace. This in turn gives employers the opportunity to reach state school students in a way that they have previously been unable to do. The Club boasts an impressive list of sponsors,

Julia Llewellyn Smith: “Print journalism is in a lot of trouble”

Julia Llewellyn Smith is a freelance journalist who writes for The Times, You Magazine at The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail as well as magazines such as Grazia and Vogue. She’s also written nine books including Travels Without My Aunt, about the travels of the author Graham Greene. A former news reporter, Llewellyn Smith has produced features on “every subject under the sun”, although now she conducts a lot of interviews, “often with celebrities, but very often with ‘ordinar

Durham Hygiene Bank: “It’s not a privilege to feel clean”

The Hygiene Bank is a UK-based, people-powered charity, aiming to tackle hygiene poverty. Through donations, it provides essential hygiene products for people locked in poverty. The donations consist mainly of new, unused and in-date toiletries, hygiene basics, beauty and personal care and household cleaning essentials. With over 789 drop-off locations across the UK, which are able to support 1398 organisations, its vision is that one day everyone in society will have access to the essential pro

Meet the Durham University Challenge team

To watch the full interview, head to Palatinate’s YouTube channel Whilst the combination of a Liberal Arts student, a History student, a Physics student, and a Biology student may seem random, it appears to be a winning one for this year’s University Challenge team. Harry Regan, Thomas Banbury, Holly Parkinson, and Thomas Wilkening stormed through the second round of the competition and will now progress to the Quarter Finals in the New Year. Profile Editor, Isabella Green, and Interview Editor

John Lewis perpetuates festive consumerism

It’s fair to say that the British public anticipates the John Lewis Christmas advert almost as much as it does the big day itself. Never mind advent calendars, the John Lewis Christmas advert is the modern-day version of a countdown. First launched in 2007, the adverts have become more and more adventurous, both in terms of the ephemeral cinematic experience they create, and the budget, which is estimated to be a staggering £7 million per year. The British public has become very attached to the

Durham Student Action for Refugees: “It’s purely out of luck where you’re born in the world”

Student Action for Refugees (STAR) is a national charity made up of 34,000 students across the UK, who collectively campaign for a more inclusive environment for refugees. STAR is comprised of 50 groups at universities and colleges across the UK as well as a national team which co-ordinates and supports these groups. This academic year, a group of Durham students, headed up by Ella Turney (President) and Bella Malvaso (Vice President), set up a STAR group here in Durham. Interview Editors Claudi

Introducing Durham’s Mixed Society

Durham University Mixed Society is a brand-new society, created with the intention of providing a “home away from home” for those who feel as if they don’t fit within one specific culture. Interview Editor, Claudia Jacob, speaks to the Presidents, Hana Fujii Bennet and Kiana Pollard, and the Vice President, Nicole Woo, about the ways that being a “Third Culture Kid” has influenced their upbringing and the ways that they’re trying to make Durham University a more inclusive place for the underrepr

Eve Bennett: “I thought there was a gap in the market, so I filled it”

Interview Editor, Claudia Jacob, speaks to Eve Bennett, founder of ‘The Meridian Magazine’, a recently created student publication allowing young people shed light on political stories from all four corners of the globe. The publication has also recently expanded into the podcast market, and Eve has a YouTube channel with over 230k subscribers, where she vlogs her life at Oxford University. Currently, she’s in Berlin working for a German newspaper as part of her year abroad. She explains that h

BuzzFeed Tasty: “The culinary world can be intimidating”

I don’t think that many people reading this can say that they haven’t seen a Tasty video popping up on their Facebook or Instagram over the last few years. Tasty is part of the American digital media company, BuzzFeed, which focuses on tracking viral content, and was started five years ago. The Tasty brand creates short videos showing how to cook comfort food in a way that’s visually appealing and easy to follow. The series was originally made for Facebook, where it has over 100 million follower

Jack Edwards: “If university is your goal, don’t let anything stand in your way”

Interview Editors, Claudia Jacob and Aimee Dickinson, speak to recent Durham alumnus and Studytuber, Jack Edwards, about his new book The Uni-Verse. With over 230,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, Jack explains the inspiration behind the book, his desire to increase accessibility in higher education and his advice for incoming freshers. Having created YouTube videos throughout his undergraduate degree in English Literature at Durham, Jack Edwards has gone on to write a university survival

Cooking up a Spanish storm: recreating tortilla de patatas in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month

National Hispanic Heritage Month, known as Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, is celebrated between 15th September and 15th October, in recognition of Hispanic American contributions to American culture and history. The fact that the Spanish language is so widespread today dates back to Spanish conquests in the Americas, beginning in 1492. However, this American celebration distinguishes Spanish identity from Spanish American identity, after the Spanish American Wars of Independence establishe

Books abroad: the Parisian edit

Having recently returned from spending part of my year abroad in Paris, I thought I’d share some of my favourite Parisian literature of this unique city. From the clichéd evenings spent drinking wine and eating cheese, to discovering some of Paris’s hidden gems, this is what I consider some of the best writing about one of Europe’s most visited and most romanticised cities. Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell Seeing as the 75th Anniversary of Animal Farm has just passed, it seemed

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité? Tracing police violence in Kassovitz’s 'La Haine'

In 1995, France inhaled sharply when Kassovitz’s La Haine hit the box offices. Set in the banlieues (suburbs) of Paris in the aftermath of an urban riot, the film’s denouement pictures Vinz, a young Jewish man, being shot accidentally by the police officer who was taunting him with a loaded gun to his head. It seems difficult not to draw parallels with the recent murder of George Floyd as well as the 2005 riots in the banlieues, when two Muslim teenage boys died from electrocution whilst trying
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