Beth Kennedy
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Beth Kennedy

Copyeditor & JournalistGlasgow, United Kingdom
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Beth Kennedy

Copyeditor & JournalistGlasgow, United Kingdom
About me
Academic and journalistic writing experience, currently exploring career opportunities within copy editing and journalism. Co-founder and senior editor for Matchstick Magazine, an online socio-political and activism publication. Looking to expand my editorial portfolio and so am currently offering my editing services free of charge. I have experience editing most types of written content e.g commercial, journo, tech, social media and academic.
Projects
  • How Coming Out Affects Your Aesthetic
    How Coming Out Affects Your AestheticI spoke with James Greig for Vice about the relationship between personal aesthetic and ‘coming out’. I was an interviewee for James' project along with two other respondents. It was cathartic to share my experience of my own gradual aesthetic changes after coming out and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to speak on the issue.
  • Short-form factual documentary
    Short-form factual documentaryI am currently developing a docu short for Matchstick Magazine as our first ever piece of video journalism. My film aims to investigate the precarious space occupied by livestock animals in the UK post-Brexit. Specifically, I will be addressing how the UK's food & agricultural laws are changing and how these changes may speed-up our descent into intensive animal farming. I will be conducting a handful of interviews over Zoom with activists from UK animal rights organisations and spokespeople fro
Work history
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    Co-founder & Senior EditorMatchstickMagazine
    Glasgow, United KingdomFull Time
    I have co-edited eleven articles on Matchstick. I work continuously with contributors from development to publication. I research every quote, statistic and statement to maintain factual accuracy and credibility. My unwavering attention to word choice and grammar ensures structure, flow and ultimately reader engagement. Matchstick Magazine exclusively champions original journalism concerned with social commentary and critique. Our content is diverse and I have edited pieces concerned with socio-political issues, art, culture and interest. From a standing start, we have built and maintained an average of 150 monthly site visits. I manage our three social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) which require both commercial content writing and self-editing. The continued success of Matchstick, in the form of readership, social media presence and interest from contributors, confirms my skills as a writer, editor and publicist.
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    WriterGUM (Glasgow University Magaz
    Glasgow, United KingdomFreelance
    Content contributor - online articles and print issue Developing ideas in line with given briefs and themes e.g ‘Something In The Water’ Sticking to a writing schedule and meeting time specific deadlines
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Skills
  • Writing
  • Film Editing
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Academic Research
  • Article Research
  • Sound Editing
  • Presentation Design
  • Social Content
  • Copywriting
Education
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    MScThe university of Glasgow
     - Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Achieved an overall Merit, with distinction in my final year written portfolio which consisted of seven articles ranging from feature, investigative, news and interest. I produced a video short about sustainable fashion projects in Glasgow using Canon XF705 film camera and Adobe suite for post-production. During my MSc I was also a contributor for GUM, writing pieces for online and print.
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    First Class Honours BA SociologyUniversity of Aberdeen
     - Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    Achieved first-class honours with distinction in my dissertation. I conducted sixteen interviews for dissertation research, finally producing a 17,000-word analysis entitled 'How do millennial women perceive self-empowerment and societal restrictions in relation to mechanisms of patriarchy in the twenty-first century?'. During this time I was a key contributor for ASR (Aberdeen Student Radio) and held the roles of news writer and editor. I researched, wrote, recorded and edited ten pieces of news content for radio broadcast using Audacity software.