Jess McCabe

I am a journalist and these are some of the stories I've been working on lately

The rise of the housing activist: an immersive story for Inside Housing

Me and my colleague Nick Duxbury have spent the last few weeks hard at work on something special, and very different for us as journalists on a trade magazine. We have spent weeks of reporting on housing protests, interviewing activists and tenants on some of the estates at the sharpest end of London’s housing crisis – as well as talking…

Could a game make energy efficiency fun? (Inside Housing latest)

9 April 2015 | By Jess McCabe Energy efficiency is important – but boring. Can a video game, designed and tested with the help of social tenants, change all that? Jess McCabe reports Energy efficiency – these two words can mean the difference between cold, shivering tenants, and happy, warm tenants. But despite the obvious benefits, most people find the…

Hard graft: an interview with Isabel Hardman (Inside Housing latest)

7 April 2015 | By Jess McCabe How can social landlords get their voice heard in Westminster? As the election approaches, Isabel Hardman shares her insights with Jess McCabe Source: Tim Foster You have probably seen Isabel Hardman on TV, commentating on the machinations of the political system. Or heard her on Radio 4, where she hosts the Week in…

Happy camper (Inside Housing latest)

Happy camper 24 March 2015 | By Jess McCabe Jess McCabe goes to housing camp with Jayne Hilditch, housing’s premier adreneline-junkie tech geek Source: Guzelian Jayne Hilditch isn’t conventional. So, of course, it’s impossible to conduct a conventional interview with her. Inside Housing is following the social media-savvy corporate services director for Thames Valley Housing, as she wanders about a…

In These Cases of Abuse, Her Money Was No Defense (Women’s eNews latest)

In These Cases of Abuse, Her Money Was No Defense By Jess McCabe WeNews correspondent Tuesday, March 3, 2015 When women are in a better financial position than their abusers it often helps them end the relationship. But it’s no guarantee. Here two women in atypical financial situations tell their storie LONDON (WOMENSENEWS)– “It might sound really strange,” cautions Rita,…

The story of the house built in a day (Inside Housing latest)

Meet the landlord building houses in its own factory. Jess McCabe finds out that homes can be built in a day Social landlords let homes. They also repair, finance and ‘develop’ homes. What they don’t do, by and large, is physically build housing. Other things they don’t often do: run factories. But if you visit Walsall, you may as well…

U.K. Cutbacks Shrink Routes for Escaping Violence

This is a primer for American news wire Women’s eNews on how UK austerity measures are making it more difficult for domestic violence victims to leave an abusive situation. Another instalment in my crowd-funded project. By Jess McCabe WeNews correspondent Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Providers of domestic-safety services are falling short of funding and a reform to the benefits system may…

Women’s eNews story: “Why Didn’t She Just Leave?” Part 2

Abuse Started at 14; He Was 34 and All She Knew By Jess McCabe WeNews correspondent Thursday, February 5, 2015 Fifteen years and three children later, Sarah asked for a separation from her abusive husband. The second of three brief interviews with survivors about why they didn’t leave right away, at the first incident of abuse. Credit: European Parliament on…