Sarah Aston
Sarah is currently a freelance journalist looking to work in the media industry permanently. With a background in politics and international relations, Sarah is well informed on matters relating to domestic and international politics, social issues and current affairs and is currently the assistant editor for the current affairs news desk of The Upcoming.

Sarah’s portfolio includes: Travel pieces, culture pieces, current affairs features, news stories (local and international) and reviews.

Sarah has also in recent years lived and worked in both Berlin and New York. Her Berlin experience saw her working for the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy whilst she spent her time in New York working for one of the leading organisations in global ethical affairs, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Sarah has been published by: The West Sussex County Times, The Upcoming, Kettle Magazine, Opinion Panel, The Pryer, Bath Impact and more.

Entries by Sarah Aston

Is Covering Conflict a Journalistic Necessity?

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 5:42 PM

On the 14th of August this year, 61-year-old Mick Deane went to work and expected to return home to his family once his work was done. Like most 61-year-olds Mick had a family to go home to and was most likely looking forward to getting out of his work clothes...

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What Will Happen to Venezuela After Chavez?

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 4:46 AM

Vice President, Nicolas Maduro, announced on 5 March that the controversial figure and President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is dead. Having battled with cancer since 2011, news of the death of the 58 year old will not have surprised many yet Chavez's sudden departure has led to questions of what...

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"What do young people tell us about democracy?" asks Open Cafe Bath

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 6:49 AM

Why do you go to the pub? To meet friends? To drink? To socialize? Or do you go to the pub to discuss politics, social issues and philosophy? No? Well, if you live in Bath now you can!

Open Café Bath is an exciting new venture for young and...

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In Defence of the 'Public School Elite'

(7) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Reading Tanya Gold's scathing condemnation of Anthony Seldon, who last month dared to complain about the positive discrimination most public schools suffer at the hands of Modern Britain, served as a gruesome reminder that, even in 2013, there are those that deem it necessary to revert to childish...

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Why Everybody Should Love Valentines Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 9:37 AM

Valentines Day. Love it or hate it, once February hits you can't escape it. Shops everywhere bombard you with images of cupid, love-struck couples and cards featuring admittedly nauseatingly cute kittens mewing "I love you" whilst the question on everybody's lips is "What are you doing for Valentines Day?"


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Have You Been 'Spotted'?

(7) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 6:24 AM

For those of you fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with this term, 'Spotted' is the latest university craze to grace our Facebook pages and highlights everything that is wrong with the 'lad' culture that dominates British society today.

Allowing students to send in anonymous messages on a facebook page,...

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Will Lance Armstrong Admit to Using Performance-enhancing Drugs?

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 5:33 AM

The US cyclist Lance Armstrong, who last year was stripped of seven Tour De France titles as a result of doping charges, looks set to admit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in order to return to the other sporting activities - such as triathlon - that he enjoys.

Due to...

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The North Korean Rocket Launch: Should We Be Worried?

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 9:14 AM

Wednesday 12 December marked the first successful attempt by North Korea to launch a rocket into space. Calling it a triumph for the year old Administration of Kim Jong - Un, North Korean officials such as Kim Ki-nam have stated that the rocket launch was a Satellite and it's launch...

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What's Happening in Gaza? An Attempt to Look at the Conflict From a Novice's Perspective

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 5:22 AM

In the last two weeks the world has seen a rapid unfolding of events within the Middle East. France and Britain have officially recognized the Syrian opposition, Egypt has proven its ability to act as a global mediator in events outside its borders and once again conflict has erupted in...

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Why Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' Perfectly Sums Up Today's Generation

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:09 AM

On paper, modern British society has never had it better. We all have the vote, we have (more or less) equal opportunities, we have freedom of movement, speech, action, choice, everything.

Socially, women are becoming more and more prominent within businesses, class is beginning to count less and less...

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Obama: The 'Audacity to Hope' Take Two?

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 4:16 AM

Today President Obama in 2012 and James Bond have one thing in common; pressure to live up to the hype. 2012's Skyfall appears to have satisfied the critics but will Obama?

In 2008 Obama presented himself as the man to implement change. He declared that he would not use...

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Students and Politics: Are We Bothered?

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 7:10 PM

Last week Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, Don Foster, participated in a panel debate held by the University of Bath's Student Union to discuss issues that directly affected the student population yet students failed to show any interested in the debate or the issues. Cast your mind back to 2011...

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Euro Clashes: Will Internal Conflicts Damage the Future of Europe?

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 9:36 AM

Much discussion between scholars has taken place on the topic of the European Union as a potential global power in a world where regions, such as the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, are becoming ever more prominent. The potential for the EU, and therefore its member states,...

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The Leveson Inquiry: Should we Care About Cameron's Response?

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 7:39 AM

Talking to the BBC earlier this week, Hugh Grant expressed his fear that recommendations to change the way the media acts in society would fall upon deaf ears once the results of the on going Leveson Inquiry were released.

Set up to assess the ethical, practical and cultural factors...

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British Politics: Style Over Substance?

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 10:43 AM

On Wednesday 26 September David Cameron became the first British Prime Minister to appear on a chat show in the United States. Chatting and joking with David Letterman, Cameron spoke of British ambitions and the crisis in Syria.

So far not groundbreaking news, but following the infamous publicity stunts...

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