Mel Plant is a freelance reporter currently based in London, where she is completing her degree in Arabic and Turkish at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She was previously based in Istanbul, Turkey and Amman, Jordan.
At SOAS she was the Editor in Chief of the university's only student newspaper, The SOAS Spirit, from 2015-16, and she is currently working to launch a new online magazine for the university community.
She's interested in exploring big issues and the intersections between culture and politics through features on ordinary folk, as well as writing news reports on civil society movements throughout the MENA region.
In the future, Mel hopes to be covering migration, particularly where it concerns women and girls and migrant guest workers, minority rights, the environment and energy policy, and evolving traditional cultures and sub-cultures in the Middle East and North Africa.
With a developed knowledge of Turkish politics, she hopes to be based in Istanbul in the near future and is available for assignment to write about anything and everything - however, she may also end up in Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Tunis, or wherever else will have her.
Her first article was published in her hometown Wolverhampton's local newspaper, The Express and Star, describing her experiences in Palestine.
She has been published so far in Middle East Eye, News Deeply, Al-Monitor, The National, How We Get To Next, Souciant, Global Voices, Roads and Kingdoms and the Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, where she interned in Summer 2016. Mel was also the Fall 2017 Community Fellow for Syria Deeply.
She also posts occasionally on Medium.
C.V. available on request.