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

Stormzy expands Cambridge scholarships for Black students

Stormzy expands Cambridge scholarships for Black students

The rapper has secured a three year partnership with HSBC to boost the existing funding provided by his charity, #Merky Foundation. The Stormzy Scholarship began in 2018 and has offered financial support for two UK-based Black students a year. To date, six students have received funding through the program. Stormzy has previously self-funded their education, aiming to address the cultural and racial inequality of students completing courses at one of the...

By London, UK
Athletes on TikTok are switching up the Olympic perspective

Athletes on TikTok are switching up the Olympic perspective

Virtual tours of the Olympic Village, cardboard beds, crushes on competitors, and daily coronavirus testing are all new elements of this year’s spectator experience. Qualifying for the Olympics is a level of achievement any professional athlete dreams of. So, when we think about the qualities of those competing, which words come to mind? ‘Disciplined’, ‘strong’, ‘laser-focused’, perhaps even ‘serious’ are probably amongst them. After all, these competitors are the best in their...

By London, UK
Opinion – Gen Z is invoking the carefree spirit of the 90s

Opinion – Gen Z is invoking the carefree spirit of the 90s

Y2K fashion is on the rise and musicians are striving to create a happier 90s sound. Gen-Z is bringing positivity to the troubled, modern world they’ve found themselves in. Kids of the 90s and early 2000s had it made. Crop tops, bucket hats, tie-dye, beaded bracelets, and fluffy anything was considered fashion forward. Climate change was not yet looming relentlessly in the back of our minds, online bullying wasn’t occurring so...

By London, UK
21 ways you can ditch plastic in 2021

21 ways you can ditch plastic in 2021

It’s no-plastic July! Here at Thred, we’ve been making a conscious effort to cut down on our plastic consumption and recycle responsibly when it is unavoidable. Here’s some tips on how you can cut your plastic use down too. As you might already know, it’s our mission to spread the word about positive social change, so this month we want to share 21 of the easiest ways to get closer...

By London, UK
Contraceptive pills now available over the counter in UK

Contraceptive pills now available over the counter in UK

For the first time in 50 years, access to the ‘minipill’ no longer requires a prescription, reflecting a big change in attitudes towards women’s health. Those who need it can now acquire the oral contraceptive pill over the counter for just under £10, requiring only a consultation with a pharmacist beforehand. The new legislation makes it easier to get a repeat prescription without seeing a GP for a follow up appointment...

By London, UK
How understanding animal species protects ecosystems

How understanding animal species protects ecosystems

Research into new species by zoologists is essential in helping us to protect the animal kingdom and adapt to climate change. This may come as a surprise, but there’s a whole lot we don’t know about life on Earth. In fact, new species are being discovered by biologists all the time. While the last year may have felt uneventful for most, scientists were busy naming and describing over 500 previously unknown...

By London, UK
Migrants cross English Channel in record numbers

Migrants cross English Channel in record numbers

On Monday, 430 people made the dangerous journey across the Channel in search of a better life, the highest number ever in a day. The arrivals have come in the wake of an ongoing debate amongst MPs on whether to strengthen current measures on national borders, with aims to render the crossing ‘unviable’. Leading the pack in what has been called the ‘anti-refugee bill’ by critics is none other than Priti...

By London, UK
Ben & Jerry’s to end sales in Occupied Palestine Territory

Ben & Jerry’s to end sales in Occupied Palestine Territory

The decision comes after years of pressure from activists and listening to the concerns of ‘fans and trusted partners.’ In a brief statement, Ben & Jerry’s has announced that continuing the sale of its ice cream in occupied territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem would be ‘inconsistent with values.’ Though precise details have not yet been revealed, discussions to terminate the contract with its Israel-based factory are complete. The...

By London, UK
Ocean acidification is a major threat to coastal marine life

Ocean acidification is a major threat to coastal marine life

Scientists believed marine ecosystems could adapt to warming waters. However, ocean acidification of seas is posing another threat to this process. Here at Thred, we’ve showcased several projects which have been designed to deal with one of the ocean’s biggest man-made problems – plastic pollution. Lately though, scientists have been seriously concerned about one of the ocean’s natural processes, particularly its ability to absorb carbon dioxide, or greenhouse gases. The vast blue...

By London, UK
Research finds 1 in 4 LGBTQ youth identify as nonbinary

Research finds 1 in 4 LGBTQ youth identify as nonbinary

In a study involving 35,000 Gen-Z members aged 13-24, about twenty six percent say they identify as nonbinary. The number of young people identifying as nonbinary has grown and the use of pronouns ‘they/them’ is becoming more commonplace. In fact, a recent poll found 35 percent of Gen-Z say they know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns. However, there remains widespread misunderstanding about the nonbinary community, their identifies, and the term itself. A recent...

By London, UK