Experience

Curriculum Vitae

I’m a gold-standard NCTJ-accredited journalist (with 100WPM shorthand) and editor working with The Star, Sheffield. I graduated from Oxford with BA English Language and Literature in 2018. As music editor of The Indiependent – which I founded in 2014 – I’ve helped edit over 2000+ music articles. I’ve also produced three 68-page print magazines, where I was solely responsible for all the design and typesetting, as well as coordinating the printing and distribution. As a freelance journalist I’ve worked with Cosmopolitan, Metro, The Forty-Five and more.

Skills

Writing

Interviewing

InDesign

100WPM shorthand

Editing

Copywriting

Photoshop

Social media

Education

Gold-standard NCTJ journalism diploma (100WPM shorthand) – News Associates (February 2019 – January 2020)

2:1 – BA English Language and Literature – Oxford University (2015-2018)

Experience

Audience editor – The Star, Sheffield
(September 2021 – present)

  • Developing the paper’s digital strategy, with a goal of growing audience and driving subscriptions
  • Attending daily news conferences to advise on content plannong, SEO and social media strategy
  • Providing SEO training and guidance to all newsroom staff
  • Overseeing homepage management
  • Running The Star’s Instagram and LinkedIn pages
  • Assisting with Facebook/Twitter management
  • Managing Facebook groups for Sheffield wards (hyper local news groups)
  • Curating and sending daily Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United newsletters
  • Running a daily live news blog
  • Producing and updating a weekly ‘Things to do in Sheffield’ blog
  • Producing and updating a liveblog for all reader’s letters
  • Producing weekly email updates on digital strategy for staff use
  • Multimedia coverage of events e.g. The Star’s Small Business Awards
  • Presenting and recording daily news bulletins and weekend ‘5 things to do in Sheffield next week’ bulletins

Freelance entertainment and lifestyle journalist
(2020 – September 2021)
I’ve had paid bylines with Cosmopolitan, Metro, The Forty-Five and Streaming Wars.

Editor-in-chief – The Indiependent Magazine
(2020 – present)

I launched a print edition of The Indiependent in 2020, producing two 68-page charity editions, viewable here. We published a 72-page issue in May 2021.

Skills include:
– Project management
– Adobe InDesign
– Adobe Photoshop
– Production
– Typesetting
– Sub-editing
– Proofing
– Logistics/distribution

Founder & Music Editor – The Indiependent (online)
(2014 – present)

I established The Indiependent in 2014. I now manage the team of 20 editors and over 650 contributors, and have edited over 2000 music articles since the site launched.

Skills include:
– Editing
– Web design (HTML, CSS)
– Social media management (accumulation of 11K Twitter followers, 2K Facebook fans)
– PR relationship management
– Media law
– Handling embargoed content
– Management
– Communication

Marketing & Communications Officer – SAE Institute UK
(Jan 2019 – July 2021)

This varied role spanned copywriting, journalism, PR and communications. I wrote and coded weekly student newsletters; produced top-level management communications and crisis comms; wrote and distributed press releases; managed the alumni community, all for the four UK campuses of this international organisation.

Skills include:
– News reporting
– Feature writing
– PR relationship management
– Project management
– Social media posts
– HTML newsletters
– Interviewing
– Copywriting
– Proofreading

Freelance technology journalist – Medium
(2019 – present)

As a technology and digital culture journalist, I’ve written news and features for Medium’s in-house publication OneZero, as well as other publications including The Startup, The Writing Cooperative, gitconnected and Data Driven Investor.

News Reporter – South West Londoner
(October 2019 – December 2019)

I produced South West London news content for this local news site:

t2 – The Telegraph (Kolkata) – internship
(August 2017 – September 2017)

I produced a range of Lifestyle & Entertainment features during this month-long internship in Kolkata, India. From attending a wine-tasting function to a chocolate making workshop, from writing on Kolkata’s affinity for the English premier league to writing about the charitable actions of the Robin Hood Army on India’s Independence Day (15th August), this position gave me a breadth of experience and consolidated my interview, note-taking and copy-writing skills.

Freelance Journalist – The Telegraph (unpaid)
(February 2016 – June 2016)

As a student, I wrote two op-eds for The Telegraph:

Editor-in-Chief – The Oxford Student (print + online)
(June 2016 – December 2016)

I oversaw the production of eight physical issues of the newspaper, using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. This meant subbing the finished copy, typesetting it ready for printing. I also managed the team of deputy and section editors and commissioned regular content.

Deputy editor – The Oxford Student (print + online)
(March 2016 – June 2016)

I oversaw the Music and Screen sections as the section editors commissioned and laid content for eight print editions.

Music editor – The Oxford Student (print + online)
(Jan 2016 – March 2016)

I commissioned content for the Music section, and laid eight print editions of the paper.

Deputy Music editor – The Oxford Student (print + online)
(Jan 2016 – March 2016)

This position involved writing and collecting content for the Music section, editing pieces and uploading articles to the paper’s website after eight issues of the paper had gone out.

Music journalist (voluntary) – Gigslutz
(March 2014 – December 2014)

This role involved producing music pieces – including reviews of live shows, albums, tracks and email interviews with bands. I helped the editorial team liaise with PR to organise reviews and Q&A features with bands such as Slaves.

Music journalist (voluntary) – LibertyBelle
(Jun 2014 – August 2014)

Reviewed live shows, albums, tracks and contributed to list features for the Sheffield University-affiliated online magazine. I also helped promote the launch of the website, using social media to raise awareness of the event.

Journalist – What Culture
(January 2014 – March 2014)

This role involved writing list features for What Culture, a digital entertainment website, pitching articles to an editorial team and promoting my work on social media to ensure maximum traffic.

Music editor (voluntary) – Social Sheffield
(December 2013 – April 2014)

This role involved managing social media accounts on Twitter and fostering relations with PR companies to establish the brand.