Genevieve Hawks

Communications Officer

  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

About me


NCTJ-trained journalist and aspiring writer trying to start my career in the media industry. I'm passionate about current affairs and politics, as well as fashion, history and the arts. I also have a strong legal background, having studied Law as my undergraduate degree.



  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Legal
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Word
  • Sub-editing
  • Analytics
  • Social Meda
  • Minute Taking
  • Shorthand

Work history


Communications Officer


Aug 2015
  • Researching, writing, editing and proofing material in print and digital formats. Creating, monitoring and promoting content for social media; developing campaigns around aspects of the Unit’s research. Creating content for the Unit website & intranet. Monitoring the performance of communications projects by gathering and analysing audience engagement through analytics. Providing administrative support for meetings and communications activities, including creating agendas and producing minutes.


Executive Officer

Home Office

May 2015 - Aug 2015
  • I undertook paid placements in the Press Office, Internal Communications, and Digital Communications In the Press Office I learnt how to write a sub to request to lay a WMS before Parliament; monitored the news to keep abreast of current news events which affect my department; sought out relevant news and events to create a strategic grid; attended meetings and taken relevant notes; reviewed previous grids to analyse our accuracy at predicting events, and discern what we can do better. In Internal Communications I wrote articles for Home Office media, sub-edited, and am currently working on a comprehensive guide to internal communications, including a ‘how to’ guide about writing for different media and audiences, basic writing and editing tips, good and bad communications and how to create your own communications strategy. In Digital Communications I worked with the Digital Communication’s Channel Optimisation team to review and improve the performance of digital channels. I gained an understanding of continuous improvement processes using, research, analysis of performance data and web analytics to underpin the changes made. I also gained an understanding of digital channels and support processes.


Intern Journalist

Kensington, Chelsea Westminster Today

Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
  • Wrote articles for the website and newspaper. Researched and developed my own features. Copy-edited work for the rest of the team.


Sales Assistant

Ann Summers

Nov 2014 - May 2015


Sales Assistant

Hotel Chocolat

Sep 2013 - May 2015


Marketing Assistant

Bella Italia

Jul 2014 - Feb 2015
  • Analysed current marketing strategies to determine what was working effectively and what could be done better. Developed new marketing strategies and designed new promotional materials for the central London restaurants. Distributed promotional material and food to local businesses to promote the business.


Press Officer

National Student Pride

Nov 2013 - Apr 2014
  • Wrote articles and press releases for online media, radio, and press. Helped develop publicity strategies to promote the event. Participated in organising the main event and running it, including managing the diary, booking travel and accommodation for guests, and organising stalls for exhibitors.


Intern Journalist

Gay Star News

Dec 2013 - Feb 2014
  • Wrote articles for the website. Researched and developed my own features. Went out to investigate occurring news stories; interview people and take photographs.


Customer Advisor


Apr 2012 - Jul 2012


Legal Assistant

George Hawks Solicitors

Jan 2010 - Sep 2010
  • Assisted with a murder trial at Bristol Crown court, where I sat on the bench and took notes, and liaised with chambers to get papers to and from the courtroom. Made frequent prison visits to interview clients. Undertook extensive research to assist in putting together an appeal. General secretarial and admin duties, managing my employer’s diary and running the office.



NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism

Lambeth College

Jul 2014 - May 2015
  • Shorthand, TV and radio journalism, sub-editing and production, media law, public affairs, court reporting.



King’s College London

Aug 2010 - Jun 2014


    Gcses, A-levels

    Leweston School

    Aug 2002 - Jun 2009
    • A-Levels (2009) History - A English Literature - A Government & Politics - A Drama (AS-Level) - B GCSEs (2007) Drama - A History - A English Literature - A French - B Geography - A Biology - C English Language - A Religious Studies - A* Art & Design - A Maths - B



    Drama Scholar

    • I was awarded a drama scholarship for Sixth Form.