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Where am I Now?

I’m currently living and working in San Francisco until mid-September as an editorial fellow with AJ+, Al Jazeera’s social-first, millennial-focused, video production team. This means I make those really cool and easy-to-understand videos on Facebook that get millions of views.

Who is behind the ‘perfect boyfriend’?

Pesky colleagues always asking about your love life? Nosy parents want to know how they can expect to become grandparents if you’re not on the dating scene? Or are your loved-up friends determined to set you up because you can’t possibly be happy and single?

A new dating app in the US is providing a solution for this relationship pressure with a “cover-up” service called The Invisible Boyfriend, which lets you text an imaginary partner. But while some are using the service to get themselves off the hook, others are finding the app a little too convincing.

Brazil’s World Cup Raises Fear of Rampant Child Prostitution

Poverty in the favelas of the northern Brazilian city of Recife is the main driver for a life in prostitution. Brazil plays host to the World Cup soccer tournament in June 2014, which will likely lead to an increase in demand for sex workers.

Amanda sits curled up on the sofa watching cartoons on television. She will soon turn 14, but her youth belies her past. The young girl has suffered two abortions already, the result of exchanging unprotected, adolescent sex for a pack of cigarettes or a couple of dollars. “My life was complicated. I was on the streets and taking drugs,” she says.

Abuse Behind Closed Doors

Victoria Jiménez is one of 10 children. By the age of five, she knew how to wash, cook, clean and look after those younger than her. At 12 her mother, unable to provide for her, left Jiménez and her sister in the house of a seamstress to work in exchange for clothes. It was then, as a domestic worker, that she first encountered abuse.

Overseas Press Club Scholarship

In February 2014 I attended the Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholars lunch after winning the Theo Wilson scholarship. This means I’ll be interning with the Wall Street Journal in Madrid over the summer. Congratulations to the other J Schoolers: John Ismay, Caelainn Hogan and Portia Crowe who also won scholarships.