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Serena Kutchinsky

Editor, writer & content strategist

London

Serena Kutchinsky

Over the past decade I have built a reputation for excellence in digital media with a focus on news features. My writing covers politics, culture and social affairs. I thrive on the challenge of producing ambitious journalism in the internet age.

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‘My best friend’s death saved my life’

I usually talk to my mum before I do a crazy stunt. We’re really close. She worries about me, of course, but she deals with it, which I totally rate. It was while hanging out at the skatepark that I first became interested in parkour. At the time I was really into scootering – that’s how, aged 13, I met my best friend, Nye Newman.
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Why everyone’s talking about this teen drama with a political twist

I’m late to meet Jess Brittain. The 30-year-old writer is holed up in a post-production suite in Soho, putting the final touches to the new series of her BBC Three drama, Clique. As I bluster into the building, making my excuses, I’m struck by her composure. The meeting rooms are all taken, so we perch on a table in the communal area - our conversation echoing around the well-lit space.
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'I didn't care about the NHS until...'

Complaining about the NHS is about as British as talking about the weather, but we all know it’s the pride of the nation, right? It’s the one thing that we are all meant to care about. The one thing that motivates us to vote in general elections and referendums. The one thing that nobody in your family will argue with you about.
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‘Satanism became my life’

I first got into Satanism when I was 15. My parents are committed Christians and took my sisters and me to church when we were kids. A few years earlier, I had started hanging out at my local skate park in southwest London and listening to death metal bands. I'd gotten into alcohol and drugs, and lost my virginity at 12.
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Erectile dysfunction: My erection issues left me feeling suicidal

I was 16 when I first noticed that my penis wasn’t staying hard during masturbation. Then I stopped getting morning hard-ons. That was the first real sign that something was wrong. Over the next 12 months, things got progressively worse. Masturbation and sex became increasingly difficult - the moment I stopped stimulating it, my penis would go soft.
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How to make good jokes about the hijab

Finding the right way to be funny about religion requires both sensitivity and an understanding of how badly it can go wrong - as the comedian Shazia Mirza discovered last year when she joked that Muslim girls were joining terrorist groups abroad because they were tempted by the "hot" jihadis. "These ISIS men," she said during a TV chat show appearance, "as barbaric as they are, they are hot.
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Little Miss Busier Than You

Juggling multiple projects at work and home, rushing from festival to wedding… When did being busy become such a badge of honour? And just how frantic are we really?
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The erotic renaissance

Erotic fiction, podcasts and poetry – made for and by women have seen a surge in popularity. Stylist explores the new wave of female-friendly erotica
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The seat of pleasure

King Edward VII and Catherine the Great are famed for their sex chairs. Serena Kutchinsky's lover built one just for her
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A good egg

Serena Kutchinsky watched as her father set out to make world's most stunning egg — one to rival Fabergé’s creations. He was a top jeweller with fabulously wealthy clients. What could possibly go wrong? I know I shouldn’t touch it, but I have to. The enormous, jewel-encrusted egg sits there glistening before my eyes.
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I Grew Up Loving Dance Music. But Where Are All The Female DJs?

Picture the scene. You’re on the dance floor in a dimly lit club. All around you, people sway in unison, lasers illuminate euphoric faces, the DJ drops another track, triggering a frenzy of head-nodding. The partygoers are evenly split between men and women, as are the bar staff, but in the DJ booth it’s different.
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“This is bigger than just Brexit”: how Gina Miller held the government to account over the EU

She learned Article 50 off by heart and faced off against Nigel Farage on The Andrew Marr Show. But Miller says it's not just about Europe. The high court ruling on Article 50 has thrown the government’s Brexit plans, such as they were, into disarray. The judgment in effect blocks the Prime Minister from acting without a parliamentary vote.

About

Serena Kutchinsky

I am a senior digital editor and writer with over a decade of experience on national newspapers and magazines. I love finding new ways to tell stories and engaging readers in the process.

My specialism is digital storytelling with a focus on politics, culture, lifestyle and social affairs. I have an eye for spotting exciting new talent in both writing and multimedia, and enjoy working with writers and producers to help them realise their potential. My own writing covers a wide-range of subjects from political interviews which set the news agenda, to long-form features and trend pieces.

I have worked with award-winning teams at the New Statesman, Newsweek and The Sunday Times, driving digital growth and innovation. While at The Sunday Times, I helped launch the title's website and tablet editions.

Public speaking is a passion of mine and I frequently speak in, or chair, debates at leading festivals such as the Hay Festival, the Battle of Ideas and How The Light Gets In.

I am currently working on my first book about how my jeweller father came to create the world’s largest Fabergé egg.

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Skills

  • HTML
  • Adobe CC Suite
  • Content Management Systems
  • Social media strategy
  • 100 words p/min shorthand
  • Media law
  • French
  • Basic Spanish