Who We Are

The New Normal is a new, online magazine focused on socially conscious professionals. Based in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, The New Normal offers fresh, exciting content covering Innovation, Current Events, Culture, and Life.

Utilising the latest multimedia techniques and the skills of our international, diverse staff, The New Normal Magazine will keep Scotland’s entrepreneurs, professionals, and socially conscious business community connected, informed, and constantly updated on issues that matter.

If you’d like to get in contact with us, you can find our details here.

The New Normal is a product of the University of Strathclyde’s Digital Journalism postgraduate programme. For more information please contact Dr. Petya Eckler at: petya.eckler@strath.ac.uk.

The University of Strathclyde is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, number SC015263.

Meet Our Team

Our team of 22 writers, editors and promoters come from a wide range of backgrounds, from almost every continent on Earth. From Sports Journalists to Video experts, The New Normal Magazine Team are highly trained professionals dedicated to responsible and fair journalism.

The Editors

 

Sophie Law is one of the Editors in Chief of The New Normal Magazine and a Scottish student living in Glasgow. She has an MA in International Relations and Sociology and is currently studying for a master’s in Digital Journalism. She can usually be found riffling through vintage shops feeding her addiction to clothes and her life goal is to travel to a new place every year. You can keep up with her life on Instagram and Twitter. She can be reached by email here.

Read her articles here.

 

 

Rhuaridh Marr – Editor in Chief

Rhuaridh Marr is one of the Editors in Chief of The New Normal Magazine and a Scottish student living near Stirling. He has an MA in Politics and is currently studying for his master’s in Digital Journalism. When he’s not writing, editing, or stressing about deadlines, he can be found either deep into a Netflix binge or deep into a cup of coffee. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. He can be reached here.

 

 

 

 

Bryce Mills – Deputy Editor

Bryce is a Glasgow newbie from Los Angeles. She moved to Scotland to get her Master’s in Digital Journalism after receiving her BA in Philosophy at UCLA. She is a deputy editor at The New Normal Magazine. She often daydreams of saving all the animals on the planet, but for now she’ll focus on becoming a kick ass journalist.

Follow her on Twitter & Instagram. She can be reached by email here.

View Her Content Here.

 

 

Paul Gerard – Deputy Editor

Paul Gerard is a deputy editor of The New Normal Magazine and a Scottish student, who originally hails from Ayrshire, but is now living in Glasgow. He has a BA in Social Sciences, an MLitt in Film & Television Studies. Due to a love affair with higher education, he is studying for a master’s in Digital Journalism. Other than a cumbersome ascension from armchair revolutionary to political activist, he enjoys watching and reviewing films and chasing the pipe dream of fronting a successful band.

Follow Him on Twitter & Instagram. He can be reached by email here.

You can find his work here.

 

The Sub Editors

 

Lam Jian Wyn, Sub Editor

Lam Jian Wyn is a subeditor at The New Normal Magazine. She hails from hot and sunny Malaysia, which is a rather long drive from Scotland. Prior to joining the MLitt in Digital Journalism programme at the University of Strathclyde, she had worked as a journalist covering all things real estate. In her spare time, she explores as much of Scotland as she can, enjoys a ‘Glaswegian salad’ (aka Bloody Mary) or three, and whips up spicy Peranakan food to varying degrees of success. She can be reached here.

To see Jian’s articles visit this page.

 

 

Amanda Park, Sub Editor

Amanda Park is sub-editor of The New Normal Magazine and is a Scottish student from Glasgow. She has an MA in Politics and is currently studying part-time for her master’s in Digital Journalism. She works in a communications role within the higher education sector and writes freelance in her spare time. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her feeding her obsession with true crime, dancing to tunes from every decade, or spending money she doesn’t have on travelling. She tries to live by these words, “anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing!”

She can be reached by email here and you can find her articles here.

 

 

Alex McLeman, Sub Editor

Alexander McLeman is a sub-editor at The New Normal Magazine and full-time freelance sports journalist, with work published in the Herald, Sunday Herald, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Daily Record, The Sun, Courier, Press and Journal, and a host of other national and local publications in the U.K. He is undertaking his master’s in digital journalism to further expand his range in the journalistic field. He can be reached at amcleman@newnormalmag.com

To read his articles go here.

 

 

Carlota Taveira, Sub Editor

Carlota Taveira is a sub-editor at The New Normal Magazine. Last year she decided to start a Master’s in Digital Journalism. A “few” degrees Celsius colder than Lisbon, Glasgow was the chosen destination. Having some familiarity with travelling she wants to write about all the storytellers in the world, she believes everyone has something interesting to say as long as we know how to reach them.

Contact her here and find her articles here.

 

 

 

Ryan Kay, Sub Editor

Ryan Kay is a sub-editor at The New Normal magazine. Originally from Edinburgh, he moved to Glasgow last year to study his master’s in Digital Journalism. He has a keen interest in photography and aspires to be a cross between David Attenborough and Kanye West when he grows up.

Get in touch here.

 

 

 

William Shand, Sub Editor

William Shand is a sub-editor at The New Normal Magazine. He has an MA in History and is currently studying for his Master’s in Digital Journalism. His hobbies include eating, thinking about eating and making blatantly false promises to start “eating clean”.

You can contact him about his work or eating here.

To see his work click here.

 

 

Areej Malik, Sub Editor

Areej is a sub-editor of the New Normal Magazine and was born and raised in the Middle East, however she is a devoted Pakistani at heart. After completing her Bachelors in Journalism, she moved to Scotland to get out of her comfort zone. When she’s not daydreaming about becoming a travel journalist, she likes to spend her time wandering in art shops, sketching portraits, reading books and polishing her photography skills. She believes that every opportunity should be grasped, no matter how difficult it may look from afar. Give her a follow on Instagram and Twitter.

She can be reached here and her work can be found here.

The Web Team

 

John Paterson, Web Editor

John is a Web Editor at The New Normal Magazine. Coming from Aberdeenshire, John studied English and Psychology at the University of Dundee. When not sat behind his laptop John enjoys photography and design or diving into another fantasy novel.

Find his work here.

Contact John here.
Twitter: @jzpaterson
Instagram: @jzpaterson

 

Chen Qinyi, Web Editor

Chen Qinyi is Web editor of The New Normal Magazine and is a Chinese student now studying for her masters in Digital Journalism in Glasgow. She has BA in International Journalim. She is interested in photography and video editing. She hopes to be filled with ideas and curiosity.

She can be reached at qchen@newnormalmag.com.

You can find her work here.

 

 

Jenny Tsilivakou, Web Editor

Evgenia (or Jenny) is a web editor of The New Normal Magazine. She is from Greece and she is currently studying for her Master’s in Digital Journalism at Strathclyde, after receiving her BA in Philosophy at the University of Patras.  She derives great joy in eating, dancing, being alone, annoying other people or believing that one day humanity will dissolve its struggle strategy for social revolution against the imperialistic and capitalistic oppression.

She can be reached here and you can view her work here.

 

The Promotions Team

 

Cameron Willis, Promotions

Cameron Willis is part of the promotions team on The New Normal Magazine and works freelance as a creative content and communications consultant, which is definitely more exciting than it sounds. He has a passion for writing, travelling, mischief and people, and has a rare talent for speaking himself into trouble — then back out of it again. He love’s cooking, football, music and terrible jokes and would share a pint with anyone.

He can be reached at cwillis@newnormalmag.com

 

 

 

Chinedu Okafor, Promotions

Chinedu Okafor is part of the promotion team at The New Normal Magazine from Nigeria in West Africa. He has a BA in Mass Communication in the University of Nigeria and currently doing his PG Diploma at the University of Strathclyde. He loves to travel, meet interesting people, does more listening than talking, is quiet but not weak, a deep thinker and a good observer. He is now in love with the Glasgow drinking habit and aspires to become an investigative Journalist.

He can be reached at cokafor@newnormalmag.com

 

 

Lori Delaney, Promotions

Lori Delaney is part of the promotions team at New Normal Magazine. She is currently studying Digital Journalism at Strathclyde University after completing a BA in Film and Media. As an adrenaline addicted country girl Lori seeks to fill her lust for life by travelling, writing and filming. Her passion for film and editing has spanned a decade and she has gained over 60,000 subscribers on YouTube in the past year. She would really like to tell her Mum that all those hours spent on the computer in her bedroom were useful.

She can be reached here. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram. Her Work can be read here.

 

 

Mohammed Hussein, Promotions

Mohammed is from the Gaza Strip in Palestine. Before starting a master’s in Digital Journalism, he worked as a reporter, photographer and photo editor, and helped establish the first ever independent photojournalism agency in Palestine.

He can be reached mhussein@newnormalmag.com

You can find his work here.

 

 

Paul is part of the promotion team and is an Investigative journalist. He collaborates with The New Normal Magazine and El Universo. He has a masters in Cultural Studies, specialised in Hispanic-American Literature, and is currently doing a masters in Digital Journalism. Made in Ecuador.

He can be reached pmenamena@newnormalmag.com

Read his work here.

 

 

Sofia Zehar, Promotions

Sofia is part of the promotions team at The New Normal Magazine. She studied English Linguistics and Civilisation in France, before spending a semester abroad in Ireland. She is now studying Digital journalism at Strathclyde University. In her spare time, she can be found reading, eating way too much French cheese, and desperately trying to master the art of contouring.

She can be reached at szehar@newnormalmag.com

Find her work here.

 

Tania Tornese, Promotions

Tania Tornese is part of the promotion team and an Italian student from Salento who lives in Glasgow. She moved to Scotland to get her master’s in Digital Journalism after a BA in Media Languages at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan. When not listening Ed Sheeran and watching TV, she likes writing fantasy novels and editing video. You can keep up with her life between Scotland, Italy and the rest of the world on Instagram and Twitter.

She can be reached ttornese@newnormalmag.com

Read her work here.

 

Valentina Silvano, Promotions

Valentina is part of the promotion team. She comes from Italy and has a trait called Sporadic Italian Hand Gestures, which has no known cure. She has a BA in Media Languages and she moved to Scotland to study for her master’s in Digital Journalism at Strathclyde University. Her passions are travelling, exploring different cultures and discovering new stories. Her motto is: “Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.”

She can be reached vsilvano@newnormalmag.com

Read her work here.