Personal Statement

I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Publishing, Journalism and Media. I am pursuing a career where I can use the knowledge I have gained together with my expertise from both my time at university, studying modules focussing on PR, marketing and advertising, and also from my work delivery researching, writing and delivering digital campaigns using social media.

The ongoing advances and developments within social media are something which I am passionate and excited about. It's changing the way in which we communicate with each other, providing a new digital platform for conversations to take place and a digital realm in which we can interact.

I am anenthusiastic, positive person who enjoys learning and developing skills. I'm also very interested in UK and International politics and the link politics has with digital media; I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on this topic and received a First.

Work History

Work History
May 2015 - Present

Freelance Writer, Social Media Researcher, Digital Campaign Delivery


I work freelance as a researcher and digital media campaign delivery for Transmute, a business which specialises in helping large businesses and government improve their organisation by using digital and social media. As part of my work I contributed to Parliament’s first guidance on social media for MPs, researched the best digital media University Courses to inform a UK newspapers’ Talent Strategy and have undertaken environmental analysis for Financial Service and Aerospace brands. I contribute digital and social media copy to campaigns, digital media planning and have undertaken account management for specific digital projects.

Jun 2015 - Present

Freelance Transcriber


I presently work freelance for Ubiqus, transcribing audio from meetings/interviews/HR reviews. into grammatically correct written English. The audio is usually from high profile clients, ranging from banks to government departments. Confidentiality is therefore highly important, as is the ability to write accurately, professionally and to usually demanding deadlines. 

May 2014 - Mar 2016

Customer Assistant


My temporary Customer Service role at boots was a way to fund my living expenses and career ambitions. Although this is a temporary position, I expanded upon my customer service skills, which is vital
when working with sensitive or personal information. I improved sales within the skincare and beauty sections, whilst maintaining high standards to Boots brand, No.7.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2014

Volunteer News Editor 

Liberal Conspiracy

Key results:

  • Created news reports for a politically engaged audience, with a particular focus on center left analysis.

  • Used social media, such as Twitter and Facebook to improve the reach of the sites content.

  • Helped Liberal Conspiracy become the top politics blog in the UK.

  • Improved ability to source and research articles.

  • Improved interview skills, communication skills and the ability to build a relationship with readers.

  • Encouraged political debate through my writing by posing different arguments to a news story.

  • Acting editor of the website whilst the editor was on leave, during the Obama 2012 campaign.

Articles I have written can be found at: Liberal Conspiracy - Shantel Burns

Dec 2011 - Dec 2011

Work Experience. Web Desk

Heat Magazine, Bauer Media

Duties include:

  • Writing and creating content for the Heat World website.
  • Sorting and cataloguing extensive video interviews.
  • Assisting the web team with their daily duties.
  • Learning how to write in a specific style for Heat’s readers.
  • General administration skills.


Oct 2011 - Jul 2014

Publishing, Journalism and Media – BA (Hons) 1st Class

Middlesex University

Notable Modules - PR and Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations, Campaign Journalism, Media Events and Ethics.

Dissertation Title - To what extent is social media changing political campaigning? A contextual analysis – Grade – First (please click the title to view)

Key Skills:

  • High standards of critical, analytical and conceptual thinking when approaching theories, academic literature and media based output
  • The ability to tailor my writing and content to the intended audience, be it in news reports, campaign journalism or press releases.
  • A thorough knowledge of how politics works within the UK.
  • Comprehensive understanding of media relations and public affairs.
  • Ability to research and collate data to provide evidence for group projects and individual essays.
  • Ability to use all MS Office packages to a high standard
  • Working knowledge of CSS and HTML
  • Intermediate SPSS skills
  • Excellent time management skills
Sep 2009 - Mar 2011

Certificate in Higher Education - Applied Psychology

University of Plymouth

Notable modules: Research Methods (including Microsoft Excel and SPSS), Biological Psychology, Social Psychology, Behavioural Psychology and Cognitive Psychology.

Sep 2007 - Jun 2009

A Levels

Redruth Sixthform

Psychology - C

English Literature - D

Health and Social Care - D

Sep 2002 - Jul 2007


Redruth School

10 GCSEs, including Maths (B) and English (A)