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Hettie O’Brien

447920 110919 | Hettie.v.ob@ gmail.com | @ hettieveronica

Education
2016 – 2017: The University of Cambridge, M Phil Political Science (74)
- Awarded Throckmorton Trotman Grant towards fees.
2011 – 2015: The University of St Andrews, BA Philosophy (1.1)
- Awarded Sir Henry Jones’ Prize for best moral philosopher; Deans’ List; Routledge Essay Prize.

Writing and reporting
Reporter, Global Competition Review

August 2017 – present

- Global Competition Review is a magazine and news site that covers economic policy across the world.
- In Washington DC I cover the Federal Trade Commission and Supreme Court, and write news and features based
on source interviews, primary research and data.
- I also contribute to a podcast and edit and produce audio episodes.
Commissioning editor, In the Long Run

October 2016 – August 2017

- In the Long Run is a departmental politics blog at the University of Cambridge; http://inthelongrun.org/.
- Researched and commissioned features from academics, pitched ideas and fact checked and edited commissions.
- Key scoops included interviewing Brexit lawyer Gina Miller; interviewing foreign correspondent and author Emma
Jane Kirby; producing a film interview with Seyla Benhabib.
- This was a paid, part-time position alongside my Master’s studies.
Current Affairs Producer, CamFM

November 2016 – June 2017

- Co-produced and presented a weekly current affairs programme on an FM radio station in Cambridge.
- Researched guests and storylines, conducted interviews, edited audio and became a confident on-air presenter
trained in producing, editing and recording podcasts and radio programmes.
Current Affairs Researcher, BBC World Service

June – July 2016

- Research intern on the factual ideas programme The Forum. Contributed original programme ideas and sourced
guests. Researched and wrote extensive 3000-word briefs for producers and presenters. Gained knowledge of
editing software and processes.
- Assisted with a solutions-focused journalism project, helping write and design a guide to solutions-focused
journalism that was published on BBC Gateway.
Scholar and Awardee, British Council

July 2015

- Awarded a fully-funded studentship to spend time in India on behalf of the British Council. Visited Delhi,
Mumbai, Gurgaon and Ahmedabad.
- Undertook research on urban development in Mumbai. Visited factories, urban settlements and manufacturing
plants. Published two essays in the British Council’s magazine and reportage in Global Politics Magazine on my
return.

Political organising
Volunteer organiser, The Labour Party

April – June 2017

- I’ve been a Labour member since 2013. While living in Cambridge in the run-up to the June 2017 election, I
helped organise door knocking, phone banks and polling day activity for the general election campaign.
Strategy officer, More United

January – April 2017

- More United is a crowd-funded political platform that provides revenue and support to progressive candidates.
- Wrote engagement strategy for North East of England. Implemented this strategy to grow the organisation’s
membership base among 25s, recruiting lead volunteers from universities in the Newcastle area.
- Recruited and helped to train volunteers for the Stoke and Copeland by-elections; helped organise campaigning
and polling day activity.
Lead organiser, Britain Stronger in Europe

January – June 2016

- Recruited and led a group of 40 local volunteers of mixed ages and abilities. Organised weekly campaign events,
ran phone banks and training sessions and oversaw social media presence of local campaign.
- Mobilised and organised 100 volunteers across the constituency on polling day.
- Acted as referendum agent for the Borough of Southwark.
Cofounder and organiser, Keep it Complex @ keep_it_complex

June 2016 – present

- Keep it Complex is an arts and politics organisation that runs conferences and workshops aimed at facilitating
democratic engagement among under-represented groups.
- Assist with planning and running political workshops in Birmingham, Margate, London and Edinburgh ranging
from 20 – 80 people in size. Organise trips to the Houses of Parliament. Responsibilities include applying for
funding, creating reading lists, running workshops and live action role plays, managing social media.

Technical skills
- Graphic design: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects and Illustrator.
- Audio: Remote recording, Reeper and Garageband.
- Languages: Conversational Spanish and French.
- Research: Trained in qualitative and elite interviewing, classes in Stata and basic statistical analysis.

Comment pieces
- Jacobin Magazine. The Spirit of Late Capitalism. October 2017.
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/10/pentecostal-religion-late-capitalism-protestant-ethic

- The Spectator. Degrees of anxiety. November 2017.
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/11/karl-marx-was-right-abolishing-student-fees-would-be-unfair/

- The London Review of Books. Something to look forward to? January 2018.
https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2018/01/29/hettie-obrien/something-to-look-forward-to/

- The New Socialist. Monopoly’s Fallacy. February 2018.
https://newsocialist.org.uk/monopolys-fallacy/


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