Jess Atkinson

Junior Copywriter & Music Journalist

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About me

I’m Jess, a writer, English Literature graduate, guitarist and creative powerhouse from Manchester. I have experience at several magazines including Red, and The University of Sheffield online mag (of which I was editor.) I currently work full-time as the Junior Marketing Copywriter at flash sales site BrandAlley, and freelance interviewing up-and-coming rock and indie bands for subscription service Flying Vinyl. I am nifty with a keyboard, a pen and a Dictaphone. I am thrilled when I get to try something new and I learn quickly. I’m all-in, all for it, and the most dedicated, cheerful member you'll ever have on your team.

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Skills

  • Fashion
  • Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Lifestyle
  • Print
  • Blogging
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Features
  • Web Content
  • Popular Culture
  • Social
  • Content and Media Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Celebrity Interviews
  • Networking

Work history

Currently

Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

Wolf in the City

Oct 2012
  • Full Time
  • Once a place of retreat and extra-curricular interest, The Wolf in the City is now my online portfolio. Here, you will find un-edited interviews, poems and features.

Currently

Junior Copywriter

BrandAlley

Feb 2016
  • Full Time
  • After recommendation from Head Buyer Caroline Withey, I became the marketing team's sole copywriter. In this role I write targeted creative copy for morning informative and afternoon editorial-style e-mails. I frequently write copy for advertisements, banners, sliders, print media, blog and social.

Currently

Music Journalist

Flying Vinyl

Feb 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Cold e-mails and staunch determination landed me the role of band interviewer at subscription service Flying Vinyl. Since February, I have conducted interviews with seven bands including The Bay Rays, Our Girl and The Wytches. Working alone, I research, interview, transcribe and create features based on the interviews I conduct.

2015

Intern

VIVA Magazine

Apr 2013 - May 2015
  • Internship
  • At nineteen, I interned at this free Mancunian magazine. The Easter 2013 edition of Viva contains fourteen of my articles including an interview (adapted from a press release) with Robbie Williams. Three of the articles were featured on the front cover. At Viva, I also interviewed chef James Martin, Theo Paphitis, The Feeling and, at VOGUE Fashion's Night Out, designers Erdem and Jonathon Saunders, and VOGUE editor-in-chief Alexandra Schulman.

2015

Editor-in-chief

LB Magazine, The University of Sheffield

Mar 2014 - Apr 2015
  • Freelance
  • I was elected editor-in-chief of this online publication by fellow Liberty Belle Society members. Once elected, I created a new branding for the magazine, focusing on the strap-line "Student Life in Lights." With this new creative direction, I managed a team of ten sub-editors and their writers, editing and creating copy for the site.

2015

Content Writer

Tunafish Media

Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
  • Freelance
  • A multi award-winning video production and content marketing company in Manchester, I produced content for Tunafish's blog and blogs of their clients. I also specialised in social media and PR, handling a fashion account alone for a month.

2014

Intern

Love Mcr.com

Apr 2014 - Sep 2014
  • Internship
  • I was headhunted by the editor of I Love MCR because of the writing skills I showcased at Viva magazine. I produced copy on food, fashion, and culture for the magazine and attended several events as a representative of the brand. I supported the editor in successful sales meetings, one of which secured the magazine an annual advertising deal with the Thai Leisure Group.

2014

Intern

Manc Frank PR

Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
  • Internship
  • I spent four weeks at Manchester-based PR company “Manc” Frank in the summer of 2014 because I wanted to understand the reverse side of journalism. I was involved in several accounts, stirring interest in the press. I completed press releases and scoured the daily newspapers for mentions of our several accounts whilst joining in on creative meetings and discussions.

Education

2015

English Literature

The University of Sheffield

Sep 2012 - Jul 2015