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About

As a dedicated, methodical sports journalism graduate with considerable experience in providing a variety of multimedia content, I am looking for a position to further expand my ability and passion for reporting on news and sport. I built the foundations of my career writing for media outlets, websites and publications, learning different facets of covering breaking news and sporting events. My time at university has allowed me to expand into other areas, including creating content for local, national and international outlets, interviewing, live event coverage and website editorial duties. I believe that these skills, coupled with my strong work ethic and unparalleled dedication to my duties, will provide immediate value within the industry.

Education

Sports Journalism

University of the West of Scotland
Sep 2011May 2015

First-class honours. B.A. awarded with Distinction. Course accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. Modules include, but not limited to: Newsgathering techniques, sports broadcasting, law & media regulations, UK & international politics, sport policy, newsroom practice, and writing for sports journalism.

Work History

Post-University

May 2015Present

I have continued to build upon my on-air broadcasting experience by volunteering within the industry. At RNIB's Connect Radio I have contributed to numerous programmes to read out a variety of the day's newspaper stories. I also returned to a previous role in conveyancing to provide digital marketing and social media maternity cover.

UWS

Sep 2011May 2015

Alongside four years of studying, I was fortunate to work across numerous areas of journalism, broadcasting and content producing, ranging from interviewing and presenting with Sunset & Vine, Creative Loop and St Mirren, camera work at Rangers TV and for UWS, video editing for The Global City, audio production and script writing, court reporting, as well as producing written work for The Mirror, the Scottish FA, the SPFL, and others.

Beginnings

Jul 2010Aug 2011

From a background in blogging and producing online content as a hobby, I began writing freelance for various companies including Buzz Sports, Betting Expert and On a Roll Media. Specialising in sport, I gained significant experience in writing to deadlines, tailoring work to specific audiences and in self-promotion. In addition to these, I had freelance roles with Glasgow Food & Drink Guide, and The Successful CV Company.

Skills

Sportswriting

From blogging and opinion pieces prior to university, progressing to interviews, breaking news, feature pieces and live event coverage across a wide variety of sports.

Broadcasting

Experience with audio and video broadcasting, including daily news and sport bulletins, interview packages, reading newspaper articles, OB pieces to camera and hosting and producing student radio shows.

Podcasting

All aspects of creating and running numerous digital audio shows, from self-hosting, co-starring, editing, scriptwriting, promoting and publicising.

Social Media

Managing, monitoring and integrating social media activities into journalistic duties, including live event coverage, promotion and branding, networking and target audience engagement.

Digital Journalism

Familiar with a wide variety of multimedia software, including Final Cut Pro, QuarkXPress, Adobe software, WordPress and Burli, as well as all major operating systems and iOS applications.

Editing & Proofreading

Highly experienced in proofreading and quality control in multiple areas of written work. Created The West of Scotland Reporter for students to contribute to alongside academic requirements. Role included copy editing all articles submitted, pitching ideas to contributors and sourcing images.

References

Elizabeth McLaughlin

Sports Journalism Programme Leader, UWS

Annie McGuire

Broadcaster, BBC. Lecturer, UWS

Iain Wilson

Senior Producer, Insight Radio

Contact information, and alternative references available upon request.

Awards & Certifications

Court Medal

University of the West of Scotland
Jul 2015

Academic excellence in Year Four of the Sports Journalism degree course.

Court Medal

University of the West of Scotland
Nov 2014

Academic excellence in Year Three of the Sports Journalism degree course.

Court Medal

University of the West of Scotland
Feb 2014

Academic excellence in Year Two of the Sports Journalism degree course.

Certificate for Safe Management of Outside Broadcasts

1st Option Safety Group
Nov 2013

Accident causation, hazard recognition and risk assessment. Legislation and key responsibilities of key parties such as event organiser, venue manager, host broadcaster, rights holding broadcaster, contractor/ contributor. Typical health & safety issues affecting OBs.

Pre-Entry Certificate

University of Strathclyde
Sep 2010May 2011

Designed for students returning to full-time education.

Portfolio

My portfolio of written, audio and video work can be found at adwinn.com

Background

I moved from North Hertfordshire to Glasgow in 2005. Away from sport, I have created content on technology, food, and music. I am proficient at Teeline shorthand up to 80wpm. Prior to switching to a writing career, I worked within the conveyancing industry. Outside of a professional environment, I am keen to attend a variety of sporting events and recreational activities, as well as being a keen walker, cyclist, traveller, and video gamer.