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Resourceful proven self‐starter, passionate about sourcing and producing high quality, engaging and viral stories using words and pictures across a range of integrated media platforms.

Achievements

  • Instrumental in helping set up a TV station and two daily newspapers in the UAE 
  • Launching the first intensive course in shorthand at the University of East London
  • Helping raise retail industry standards and stakeholder engagement as the first PA-appointed to the Groceries Code Adjudicator, a role created in 2013 by an act of Parliament

Skills

NCTJ‐trained journalist, shorthand note taking, identifying, sourcing and developing headline‐grabbing news and features, choosing great pictures, illustration and video recording and presenting to camera.

Work experience

Jan 2015Present

Personal assistant to the Adjudicator

The Groceries Code Adjudicator

An office supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), whose role is to ensure that the UK's top 10 supermarkets deal with their suppliers fairly and lawfully Helping set up media interviews and meetings among stakeholders and government ministers.

  • Quantitative and qualitative monitoring of press coverage and managing and working within the guidelines of a media and stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Extensive diary management, drafting written correspondence to ministers and writing summaries from meetings in plain English without losing technical accuracy.
Oct 2013May 2015

Contract shorthand tutor

University of East London

Responsible for rolling out an intensive shorthand course by delivering up to four hours of contact teaching a week and supplementing this with a series of live group webinars during term breaks, culminating in timed tests.

Sep 2013Jun 2014

Court reporter 

London Media Agency

Contract court reporter helping News UK (formerly News International) plan for reactive and proactive media during the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey in 2013‐ 2014.

  • Reporting daily proceedings during the seven-month trial and pre-trial hearings.
  • Monitoring media coverage emanating directly from the courtroom
  • Summarising any judgements handed down by the presiding judge and any legal challenges by counsels or media to reporting restrictions
  • Networking with key journalists and Metropolitan police press officers and detectives covering the trial to anticipate, contribute to and influence media coverage.

 

20122013

Electronic academic note taker

Deaf First Adult Education (part of Oak Lodge College, Wandsworth)

Responsible for supporting a number of students with special needs attending different FE colleges in London by accompanying them to lectures and typing up notes in real time during lectures. Writing and documenting daily reports on students' progress to ensure that they are able to fully access college life.

20112012

Contract writer/researcher

Conservative Cooperative Movement

Contributing editorial content to a special edition magazine entitled ‘Global to Local', to celebrate the former Coalition's government's contribution to the 2012 United Nation's Year of the Co‐operative Movement.

  • Sub-editing supplied copy and working to a flat plan and series of publishing deadlines.
  • Sourcing UK case studies on good examples of co‐ operatives.
  • Helping organising an event at Westminster to launch a hard copy and online version of magazine. Visit: tinyurl.com/o5fffcb
20102011

Senior advocacy press officer

The Evangelical Alliance 

EA is a faith‐based registered charity and non-partisan membership organisation representing 1.5 million Christians; as press officer I was responsible for originating, protecting and promoting stories, campaigns and key messages to both the specialist and mainstream media. During my 12‐month tenure, I doubled media penetration in the national press. I did this by:

  • Pro-actively nurturing new relationships with key editors by attending Gorkana breakfast briefings and arranging one‐to‐one meetings with journalists.
  • Seeking opportunities to pitch stories and find alternative ways of selling stories through non‐ traditional media, such as blogs, Twitter and newsletters
  • Streamlining a rapid media response in the event of handling a crisis of reputation.
  • Creating a go‐to list of experts among our membership database. 
20092010

Personal Finance Reporter 

The National

Producing original cover stories from concept to completion for weekly supplement in the National, a quality broadsheet launched in 2008 by Martin Newland former editor of The Daily Telegraph. One particular story about debt-ridden expats absconding had become the most-read online story in its first year, prompting a national debate and change in law.

  • Writing original cover stories and sourcing graphics and arranging pictures.
  • Launching a weekly column entitled ‘My Financial Mistake’ from a first person perspective.
20042009

Features Editor

7DAYS

Instrumental in launching the UAE’s first free English language newspaper, that is the Gulf sister title to London’s Metro (part owned by DMG Media formerly known as Associated Newspapers)

  • Writing original real‐life stories
  • Contributing and editing supplied copy and managing a steady flow of copy from freelancers.
  • Representing the paper at events and corporate and community functions.
20072009

Business Correspondent

CITY 7 TV 

Helping set up a prime‐time daily news digest from the business landscape televised on CITY7 TV the UAE’s first free‐to‐air satellite English language channel.

  • Producing VTs on stories from the business community for daily broadcast
  • Booking business leaders to discuss the day’s headline stories live in the studio.

 

 

20002004

Women’s Editor

The Portsmouth News 

Responsible for producing a weekly 12‐page colour supplement, Woman. Stories were also syndicated to women’s national weeklies. 

  • Sourcing real‐life stories and arranging pictures and graphics
  • Writing a weekly picture by line opinion column
  • Managing and editing a steady flow of supplied copy from freelancers
  • Managing and launching a number of editorial reader competitions.

Education and Training

National Council for the Training of Journalists Certificate (NCTJ) diploma

Highbury College, University of Portsmouth.
20132013

BTEC level II 

Understanding Enterprise and Entrepreneurship - Lewisham College.
20082008

Humanitarian reporting and law 

IRIN, UN news agency held at Dubai Press Club
20082008

Video journalism course 

The Frontline Club, London 
20082008

Financial reporting 

Randolph Galerius, City editor for Dow Jones 

Volunteering

  • 2012 London Olympic Games, during the games I joined 2KPlus International,  a registered charity, as an accredited volunteer journalist by producing community stories in both online and audio content
  • South London Apprenticeship Fair 2001; Volunteer press officer at the 2011 inaugural fair hosted by Be Off Beat, an south London youth charity and opened by MP John Hayes, former Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning
  • Digital caricature artist and sketch mind mapper; I run workshops on how to draw caricatures on your iPad and create mind maps to develop ideas.

Editors' Comments

“Court reporting requires great patience, attention to detail and close concentration – attributes Lizzy showed in abundance. She also had excellent shorthand and an ability to transcribe and summarise shorthand notes quickly and accurately.”  Andrew Buck well, CEO of London Media Press Ltd. 

"Lizzy was a joy to work with as she understands what makes a good story. As well as being proactive in bringing ideas to us, she was also great at finding articulate case studies to bring to the table. She was one of the few press officers that you could rely on to deliver every time.” Mark McCleary, Producer BBC Sunday Radio 4.

“Lizzy Millar is one of the hardest working and most thorough press officers I have ever dealt with. She flows over with ideas, there seems no end to her ability to envisage and promote news, and she is particularly good in areas that journalists usually find difficult, such as finding case studies. She is also a strong and accurate writer. She is courteous and enthusiastic the whole time and can give any story the 'legs' it needs to run,” Ruth Gledhill, The Times.