I am an outgoing, creative and tenacious graduate with 1st class Honours degree in Journalism from Leeds Beckett University. I have a wide range of interests including music and events, health, skateboarding, fashion and lifestyle, and new media.
I am currently living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and am looking for work in the journalism and public relations fields. I believe that relocating to a new country will further my experience and bring a new fullness to my lifestyle and work ethic.
My most recent job in the UK saw me working as an online business journalist for BQLive. BQ is a national business publication, which aims to celebrate and inspire entrepreneurship, telling the stories of exciting SME’s and start-ups.
I worked to produce new, time appropriate content for BQ’s daily Breakfast Bulletins, which are mailed to readers across the UK.
My role at BQ saw me track down and contact some of the most exciting start-ups and entrepreneurs in the UK and shine a spotlight on their creations through interviews, features and media content-both written and as part of a weekly podcast.
I also worked as part of the BE Group Corporate Communications team, using my creativity and writing skills to ensure that the company’s work is reflected through the website and PR content distributed by the team.
In my spare time I contribute to music website Gigsoup, where I review and interview bands. In the past I have worked with acts including The Wytches, Los Campesinos, The Used and Bruising.
I also have experience working in a music PR environment, having worked with Festival Republic and Zeitgeist at Leeds Festival in 2014 and 2015, where I assisted in the running of the Press Tent and BBC Radio One signing tent.
I gained vital PR experience while working at Lucre PR in Leeds in November 2015, where I helped publiscise national brands including Jet2, Stonegate Pubs and English Country Cottages.
Further work placements and internships include time spent at regional newspaper The Sunderland Echo, and business and lifestyle magazines Accent Magazine and The North East Times, where I received some of my first published work.
During my studies I worked across a range of platforms including broadcast journalism and online media and am also keen to experiment further within these areas in the future.
My time at University has also meant that I am familiar with the workings of both a television and radio studio, and am confident working in Adobe Indesign, Photoshop and a series of blogging platforms and social media outlets.
In my modules I have been lucky enough to work with a small team to create our own niche magazine ‘The Alternative Performer‘, as well as being given the opportunity to be the editor of our University Business magazine ‘The Leeds Business Review‘. While at university I also contributed to The Cheerleader magazine, Leeds Hacks and Culture Vulture arts and culture blog.
I have the knowledge and skills to perform professionally within a fast-paced team, and believe that I can offer excellent writing skills, and an optimistic and enthusiastic approach to any job.
I am particularly interested by the merging of old and new media, and believe that combining both will create a powerful force for the future of journalism. Please take a look around my portfolio and do not hesitate to contact me for any further information.