Social media: Giving Women a Platform to be heard

Social media: Giving Women a Platform to be heard

Social media, some people love it and some people hate it. Personally I’m a big fan, most likely because I like expressing my opinion and I enjoy laughing at those Scottish tweets far too much. Another reason I like social media is because I feel like it has given people the opportunity to have their voices heard no matter who they are and where they are from. Recently social media has played a large part in promoting feminism and giving women in particular a voice. But is social media really empowering women, or is it causing as much damage as it is good?


Twitter recently extended their number of characters to 280 meaning more interesting tweets to read generally, and longer ridiculous Donald Trump tweets. However one hashtag which captured the word’s attention was the #MeToo campaign, where people shared their experiences sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood including Harvey Weinstein victims Rose McGowan, Asia Argento and Cara Delevingne. This hashtag helped to unify both men and women who had experience sexual assault and/or harassment, essentially empowering them. Being able to share their experiences on social media and seeing the support others have received from the #MeToo campaign may have given these people more confidence.


The #EverydaySexism project on Twitter which was started in 2012 on Twitter allowing women to share their experiences of sexism from the workplace to a nightclub. The project is an ongoing one with a hugely successful book sharing these women’s sexism experiences, helping to show others they are not alone and that they should not have to put up with this behaviour.


As well as unifying women, social media is show us to how men are also promoting feminism and equality. Interviews with celebrities including John Legend, Prince Harry, Ryan Gosling and Will Smith have been shared thousands of times online expressing how they are supportive of the women using their voices via social media and how they believe in equality. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also highly featured on social media promoting equality, recently stating in his speech in New York ““Being a feminist for me means recognising that men and women should be, can be, must be equal and secondly, that we still have an awful lot of work to do”.


Although there are many upsides to social media, there are also a number of negative experiences as sometimes people use the power they are given on social media to criticise. In October Noble Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai faced criticism on social media for attending her university classes wearing western styled clothing and for not being accompanied by her father. Instead of simply letting the young woman be free to dress as she pleased, some users chose to focus on no male being present.

Dating Apps are becoming the norm, most single people use Tinder or Bumble which can quite easily affect a person’s self-esteem. A woman recently shared her Bumble experience where a man told her if she made some effort at the gym, he would consider dating her (his mum did an interview saying he’s only had 2 girlfriends before, no surprise why with charming texts like that). There is no doubt there are a number of men and women who have similarly had negative experiences with social media, showing it is not always used in a way which empowers.

Like most things in life, there are positives and negatives. The good of social media does not justify the bad, however I believe that social media is having a positive impact and allowing women to be heard.

Many people even now see feminism as a dirty word, a word that means women think they are better than men when in fact a feminist is simply a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes (shout out to Beyoncé for educating the world). Social media is one way in which people are able to learn more about feminism and giving women a voice.



Kellina Loughran is a final year student studying Public Relations at Ulster University. She can be found on LinkedIn:  and Twitter: @kellina_x

The Top 5 things to do in TQ

The Top 5 things to do in TQ


Belfast is fast becoming one of the most popular city breaks in Europe and with so much to do here, it’s no surprise. The history, culture, people and music are just some of the reasons as to why so many people are choosing our wee city to visit. I had the opportunity to work in Titanic Quarter during my placement year, once the busiest shipyard in the world and now a must see part of Belfast! There’s plenty to do in Titanic Quarter, however I thought I would narrow it down to my top 5 things to do in TQ!


  1. Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic


Having been voted 2016’s World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the European Travel Awards, Titanic Belfast is undoubtedly a must when visiting the Quarter. This visitor attraction is a great way of learning all about the history of the shipyard and of course the world famous Titanic, although it is best to give yourself plenty of time to fully take it all the museum has to offer. Don’t forget to visit Titanic’s little sister SS Nomadic during your visit, White Star Premium tickets can be purchased to explore both Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic.

  1. SSE Arena – Home of the Belfast Giants


One of my favourite things to do in TQ is watch the Belfast Giants play in the SSE Arena, I take my nephew every year as a Christmas present and we both love it! It is the perfect Friday night plans with friends of family. From the atmosphere, hearing fans cheer on their team to the variety of prizes available including a free subway and pizza, the craic just doesn’t stop. Check their website for fixtures and head down for some weekend fun!

  1. Lagan Boat Tours


So you’ve been to Titanic Quarter before, looking for something a bit different to do compared to the usual tourist stuff…look no further than Lagan Boat! This is the only Titanic guided boat tour in the world, a great trip with friends, family, and they even do hen parties. Getting a tour of the Quarter in the sea is just the best experience, plus you get to see seals and meet the friendliest dog ever, what more could you really want?

  1. The Wee Tram


The best way to travel through the Quarter without a doubt is on The Wee Tram. Not only do you get to rest yer wee legs and take it the sights in Titanic Quarter, but the guides on the Tram give you a real insight into the history of the shipyard. It is available to hop and off all day, ideal for tourists wanting to explore all areas of the Quarter!

The Wee Tram is hibernating for the winter but definitely hop on when it returns.

  1. Cast & Crew


After exploring Titanic Quarter all day you’re bound to be starving, no better place to fill your stomach up with then Cast and Crew! Check out their Titanic Burger or tasty chicken wings, not to mention their Americanos are amazing. If you want to go and explore Belfast a bit more afterwards, tickets can be bought for the Belfast tour bus that picks up just outside the restaurant!



Kellina Loughran is a final year BSc in Public Relations student at Ulster University. She can be found on LinkedIn:  and Twitter: @kellina_x

Top Tips to ace your placement interview

KL1Before I started looking for placement, I think I had one interview for a job as a waitress. Although I was a nervous wreck and didn’t have a clue how to make coffee, I somehow managed to get the job (and learnt how to make the best lattes ever). I remember asking my friends and family for tips on how to properly prepare for an interview, all of which was great advice and eventually got me a fantastic placement! So I thought I would share these interview tips with you all, hopefully they’ll be as useful to you.


Research the company – and make sure it’s the right company

I know this sounds obvious but it’s so easily done especially with smaller organisations. You Google the company, click on the first link and learn facts from the website to impress in the interview… except it’s actually the wrong company and the interviewer is as baffled as you are. The easiest way to avoid this is to check for a web link on any emails from the company or even just look out for their logo. Try and go the extra mile and check their social media accounts to see what projects they’re working on at the moment, they’ll be impressed that you’ve done more than just look at their website.

Dress for success

Your appearance in interviews is important, you need to look professional and appropriate for the role you want. I’m not saying you have to wear the most sophisticated dress ever with your new stunning black high heels from Zara, wear whatever you feel most confident in. If you feel comfortable wearing heels every day at work then do that and fair play to you, I however wore heels once and complained about it for a solid month (so not worth the pain).

Be Punctual

Organisations can be quite strict in terms of employees’ time keeping, your interview is giving them an impression of what you’re going to be like as an employee so it only makes sense to be punctual. It’s good to get there a few minutes early and give yourself some time, although don’t be like me and turn up 30 minutes early for an interview, it’s a bit much if I do say so myself.


My housemates were really encouraging when I was preparing for my placement interviews and helped me practice. If you look up interview practice questions, spend a few minutes thinking about how your skills are relevant to the job and question being asked. I found this website really useful for sample questions . Even the smallest things you’ve done can be made relevant to an interview, don’t sell yourself short.

Show your personality

Interviews can be so nerve wrecking and intense, it can be hard to feel comfortable and confident in those situations. One thing I have been good at is showing my personality and hiding the nerves, although it doesn’t feel like I’m hiding them well. I tend to try and laugh the nerves off and apparently it works well. My manager told me that showing my personality in my interview really made the difference. Of course the company wants the best qualified person for their job, but they also want someone they can work with and feel they will get along with.

Stay Positive and relax 

Again this is definitely easier said than done. It’s understandable to be panicked and worrying because you really want the job, but it is important to remember that it is only an interview and not the end of the world. If the interview didn’t go to well, see it as a learning experience and finding out what to change for the next one. If the interview goes fantastic and you get the job, well then you’ll know these tips were the reason for it, obviously.


Good Luck!

Kellina Loughran is a final year student on the BSc in Public Relations at Ulster University. She can be found on LinkedIn: , Twitter: , and Instagram: