Jessica Byrne

Writer London, UK

I’m Jessica (She/Her), a writer at Thred. I moved to London to complete a master’s degree in Media and Communications after spending two years working in fashion PR in Amsterdam. Follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn and drop me some ideas/feedback via email.

Hi, I’m Jessica. I moved to London to complete a master’s degree in Media and Communications after spending two years working in fashion PR in Amsterdam.

Despite being from the beautiful island of Bermuda, I prefer a bustling and eventful life in the city where there’s never a shortage of things to do and people to meet!

A bit of a nerd at heart, you’ll find me watching documentaries, curating Spotify playlists (and forcing them on my friends), and following the YouTube rabbit hole to learn everything about my latest subject of interest ­– from news and pop culture to history.

My love for telling a good story led me to join the team at Thred to spread the message about positive social change.

      

Latest Stories from Jessica

Twitter plans to ban photos and videos taken of strangers in public

Twitter plans to ban photos and videos taken of strangers in public

The social media platform says it will ban unsolicited videos in public settings. Unwitting strangers cannot give consent, creating a problematic grey area for social media content. Sceptics, however, are already asking a lot of questions. We’ve all seen them. The photos or videos of people in public doing strange or offensive things, followed by a seemingly endless thread of users expressing their opinion or amusement. Take hidden gym recordings, for...

By London, UK
Barbados cuts ties with its colonial past to become a republic

Barbados cuts ties with its colonial past to become a republic

After an effort lasting two decades, Barbados has removed the British monarch as its head of state. It is a symbolic moment which will leave colonial ruling behind for good. Yesterday evening, Barbados replaced the Queen as its head of state and became a republic, cutting its last remaining colonial ties nearly 400 years after English ships first arrived on its shores. The people of Barbados have long expressed their desire...

By London, UK
Scorpions hospitalise over 500 people during major storm in Egypt

Scorpions hospitalise over 500 people during major storm in Egypt

Humans aren’t alone in trying to escape extreme weather caused by climate change – even the world’s most dangerous animals must look for refuge. We all know by now that climate change is causing strange and powerful weather events around the globe. Humanity must come up with novel ways to deal with them as they continue to become more rampant and routine. But just as these unpredictable storms force us inside...

By London, UK
Extinction Rebellion sabotages Amazon’s Black Friday shipments

Extinction Rebellion sabotages Amazon’s Black Friday shipments

Protestors blocked fifteen Amazon warehouses across the UK, Germany, and The Netherlands ahead of Black Friday. In recent months, the activist group Extinction Rebellion has ramped up their efforts significantly. They’ve regularly taken to city streets, made appearances at COP26, and now, are blockading streets around Amazon warehouses ahead of the busiest shopping weekend of the year – and with good reason. Although snagging a deal on Black Friday feels like a...

By London, UK
Marcus Rashford links with Burberry for his next youth-focused project

Marcus Rashford links with Burberry for his next youth-focused project

At least 400,000 children in the UK do not own a book. The 23-year-old footballer has teamed up with the nation’s most iconic fashion brand to change their futures. Giving back to the community is part of Marcus Rashford’s modus operandi. Just when you thought he was on hiatus after successfully securing free school meals for millions of children, Rashford has announced a new charity partnership to uplift young people across...

By London, UK
NASA launches its first asteroid-deflecting spaceship

NASA launches its first asteroid-deflecting spaceship

Named DART, the spacecraft has no other purpose but to slam into and redirect an asteroid 6.8 million miles out in space. It’s the first planetary defence mission of its kind. Considering that we exist on a floating rock in the endless, chaotic abyss of the universe, NASA’s plan to practice deterring an asteroid from hitting our planet is warranted. Though DART’s target isn’t a threat to Earth at present, there...

By London, UK
Does listening to sad music actually make us happier?

Does listening to sad music actually make us happier?

Good news: our love for breakup ballads is not just rooted in feeling sorry for ourselves. Science says that along with giving us something to relate to, sad music can trick our brain into making us happier.   The quick succession of album releases from artists who are notorious for putting us in our feelings are sure to have listeners pressing repeat and sliding down walls all winter long. Summer Walker...

By London, UK
What’s causing the recent ‘Great Resignation’ phenomena?

What’s causing the recent ‘Great Resignation’ phenomena?

If the old way of working no longer appeals to the youth of today, what will it take for Gen-Z and Millennials to return to abandoned job roles? Over the last year, the service industry has lost workers at record speed. Restaurants have been forced to close due to staff shortages, employees are digitally exposing bosses who ask workers to come in on their only day off and, in droves, people...

By London, UK
Millions of Chinese millennials abandon city life for rural areas

Millions of Chinese millennials abandon city life for rural areas

Big cities offer exciting job opportunities, a glamorous social scene, and the convenience of a modern lifestyle. But are these things really what life is all about? Is city life draining you? Done with expensive commutes, high rent costs, low salaries, and being bombarded with up to 3,500 marketing messages everyday? Perhaps you need a break on a sweet potato farm. That’s what Chinese professionals had in mind when they joined a large-scale...

By London, UK
Are sustainable aviation fuels the future of flying?

Are sustainable aviation fuels the future of flying?

Reaching a net zero emissions target by 2050 will require innovation, particularly within the transport sector. SAFs could be the answer to cleaner, greener aviation. I’ll be honest, I love planes. They take us on holidays, get us closer to the people we love, and give us a fleeting bird’s eye view of the world below. They provide a chance to switch off with our favourite playlists, take a nap,...

By London, UK