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Personal Summary

I am an enthusiastic media professional looking to further my career within the industry. Having already spent time working for the likes of Thomson Reuters,  I am endowed with the experience and aptitude to work confidently and proficiently within the most demanding media environments. I have an excellent knowledge of the digital media landscape and an advanced, yet broad, practical media skillset (as shown below).

Media Work Experience

Sep 2015Present

Online Content Executive

DesignMyNight

Duties include: 

  • Writing informative and engaging reviews of 'nightlife' venues. 
  • Creating online marketing campaigns for DesignMyNight content. 
  • Optimising all content for search engines.
  • Using Google Analytics to identify consumer trends, and furthermore,  catering future content in accordance to these identified audience behaviours/trends. 
  • Researching and writing news articles.
Nov 2014Feb 2015

Online News and Content Editor

HRreview

Duties included: 

  • Commissioning articles from freelance and in-house writers, ensuring they met company standards for relevance and style. 
  • Providing timely feedback and recommendations to writers,  ensuring content met the required quality for publishing. 
  • Generating feature content ideas for writing staff when necessary. 
  • Fact-checking and sub-editing articles before publication. 
  • Analysing content consumption trends (via analytics tools) and developing a strategic publishing schedule - maximising the audience reach of all content.
  • Ensuring  all sections of the website maintained a consistent flow of new, high-quality content. 
  • Ensuring all content was optimised for search engines.
  • Researching and writing long-form feature articles.
  • Managing social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Youtube) -- During my tenure, the '@hrreview' Twitter account saw saw a sharp rise in followers, from ~8,700 to ~16,000. 
  • Creating and distributing a bi-weekly digital newsletter (which adhered to an extremely strict schedule).
Jul 2014Jan 2015

Assistant Social Media Editor

People’s Park Tavern

Duties included: 

  • Managing social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) - creating and publishing engaging content on social media channels, generating discussion and increasing the company's social reach. 
  • Audience engagement - using social media channels as a platform to interact with customers, asking them for recommendations on new products/menus.
  • Promoting deals and events.
Sep 2014Dec 2014

Culture Editor

Westminster News Online (WNOL)

Duties included: 

  • Developing stories and content ideas with consideration of target demographic and audience appeal.
  • Sourcing, scheduling and publishing news stories.
  • Researching and writing articles.
  • Fact-checking and sub-editing articles before  publication.
  • Organising and conducting interviews - interviewees included:  Patrick Swaffer (President of the  British Board of Film Classification - BBFC);  Patrick Klepek (Senior Reporter at Kotaku);  Arthur Gies (Reviews Editor at Polygon); Logan Decker (Former Editor-in-Chief at PC GAMER ) and many more. 
May 2014Jul 2014

Journalist/Researcher (Intern)

Thomson Reuters

Duties included:

  • Investigating, researching and writing articles for the commodities section (oil desk).
  • Analysing newly-released, complex data and producing digestible, engaging articles and infographics (oil desk)
  • Video-editing for online publication (tech video desk).
  • Organising and conducting interviews - interviewees included:  Jamie Oliver (TV Chef) and Kris Van Broekhoven (Global Head of Commodity Trade Finance, CitiGroup)

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Other Work Experience

Student Ambassador

University of Westminster

Sep 2014 – July 2015

Duties included:

  • ‘The face of the University of Westminster’.
  • Delivering seminars and lectures to prospective students on open days.
  • Supporting the University of Westminster in student recruitment.
  • Ensuring an excellent visitor experience when showing visitors around campus and answering questions on student life.

Supervisor

People’s Park Tavern

May 2014 – Jan 2015

Duties included:

  • Coaching individual team members - developing their skills and maximising the performance of the workforce.
  • Delegating and managing the distribution of the workload effectively.
  • Responsible for ensuring that weekly and monthly sales targets were met. 
  • Implementing new strategies to maximise customer satisfaction and profitability.
  • Handling complaints.

Junior Management - London 2012 Olympics

Amadeus Food

May 2012 - Sep 2012

Duties included:

  • Delegating tasks to members of staff in alignment with their strengths and the demands of the company.
  • Providing a link between the workforce and senior management.
  • Assisting in staff recruitment. 
  • Ensuring that company policies and procedures were adhered to. 
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction.

Junior IT Support Team

HSBC Stockbrokers

Feb – May 2011

 Duties included:

  • Providing critical day-to-day technical and operational support to the IT team.
  • Analysing system inefficiencies and suggesting
    strategies for solutions.
  • Improving ‘data recovery’ techniques.
  • Maintaining a log of any software or hardware problems detected.

Education

Sep 2012Jul 2015

Degree: Journalism (Upper First-Class Honours)

University of Westminster
  • I received an ‘achievement award’ in 2014 for  “excellent marks throughout the academic year."  (This award was given to just 200 students from a pool of over 20,000 – my grades were within the top 1% across the whole university).
  • Produced an upper First-Class 13,500-word dissertation, entitled: "An investigation into ‘Transmedia Storytelling’: How is ‘media convergence’ impacting the production and consumption of narrative media content?"
  • The University of Westminster is ranked in the ‘Top 5 best Universities for Journalism’ by  The Guardian.

Sep 2004Jul 2011

A - Level and GCSE

Cardinal Pole RC Sixth Form / Cardinal Pole RC Secondary School 

A Levels: 

English Literature - B

History - B  

I.C.T. - B                                                                      

GCSE:

11x A*- B grade GCSEs

(including English, Maths and Sciences). 

Skills

Competencies: 

  • Excellent written communication skills -  I am an adept writer with a natural
    flair for storytelling. I can comfortably produce engaging content for a diverse
    range of platforms and audiences - I have written highly-formal articles for an
    audience of 'affluent business decision makers' at Thomson Reuters as well as
    writing humorous, long-form gaming reviews for student-based blog,  WNOL.

  • Excellent oral communication skills -  My experiences, both in the media
    industry and in my managerial roles, have bolstered my strong interpersonal
    skills. I am great at listening to colleagues and clients; asking the right questions;
    and explaining things clearly and concisely - an essential skill when working cross-functionally.

  • Working to deadlines/Dependable with high-responsibility tasks - My time
    spent working as an editor at  HRreview has prepared me to work comfortably
    in a fast-paced working environment. In this role, I always ensured that strict publication
    deadlines were met, and additionally, that newsletters were created, uploaded and scheduled for dissemination the night before they were due to 'go live'.

  • Well-accomplished with interviews - My experience at WNOL and Thomson
    Reuters (mentioned above) exhibit my proficiency at organising, preparing/researching,
    and conducting interviews with interviewees from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

  • Excellent knowledge/analytical understanding of the digital media
    environment -
    including: an excellent grasp of the practices involved in online
    content publication; an excellent analytical understanding of the changing trends
    in media content consumption (and an understanding of how media content
    needs to be produced and disseminated to successfully react to these changes);
    an excellent understanding of the extensive capabilities of new media platforms
    (and the knowledge of how to take advantage of this).   Related University modules: 'Network,
    Media & Society', 'Multimedia Journalism', 'Advanced Online Journalism' and
    'Cultural Industries and Media Markets' --
    Received a 'First' in all modules. 

  • Excellent grasp of media laws and journalistic codes of conduct  -   including: Copyright
    laws, Database rights, Data Protection Act etc.

Software Experience:

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