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Kristopher Cook

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  • LocationUnited Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsJournalist - Graphic Design Artist - Copywriter

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About me

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Many people exist, that is all." A quote from the famous novelist Oscar Wilde that has stuck with me throughout my university degree, as well as my career as a journalist. For me a job is something that should require a level of creativity, as well as personal interpretation to everything involved. This separates someone from the pack, making them a key asset to any organisation - no matter what kind of content that organisation spawns. This not only allows for outside thinking but also a fresh perspective from a possible outdated outlook. This is something I have applied to many tasks at many different organisations, all with different levels of success. I'll be the first to admit that I was never the type of person who had a clear idea on what they wanted to do as a career growing up. I Instead chose courses and subjects that interested me to some degree; it was only then that I fell in love with journalism. Like art, words can evoke feelings, and with Journalism those words also inform and help shape the reality of the world we live in. Whether that is good or bad is always up for debate depending on your opinion, but that sentiment runs just the same. My interests in journalism stem from longer forms of writing, the types of stories you'd see in magazines that allow the writer to write a lot more descriptively with a lot more ideas on display. Although I enjoy writing magazine features, that does not deter me from possessing so many other forms of writing, ranging from hard news stories to op-eds. Presently I have just graduated from Northumbria University with a First Class Degree in Media and Journalism and to be honest I don't have a clear idea on where I want to begin my next adventure. I've had the pleasure of working in so many diverse organisations that it has inspired me to continue my pursuit into anything and everything creative, including visual design and graphic design respectively.

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Skills

  • Writing
  • Graphics
  • Editing Proofreading
  • Interview
  • Marketing
  • Brainstorming
  • Branding
  • Social Media
  • Creative Arts
  • Research

Work history

Currently

Marketing Intern

Sage Gateshead

Jan 2017
  • Gateshead, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Whilst working in the marketing department, my role was to assist the team in a variety of different ways, as well as provide my own content for various different documents. During my internship I was able to learn the following: -Writing copy for press releases, eflyers and guides -Proofreading copy from other members of the team -Designing eflyers for upcoming festivals -Event Support for the 2017 Gateshead International Jazz Festival, and New Year New Artists Festival -Creating planners/calendars for upcoming shows. -Contacting artists ahead of shows -Social Media marketing for upcoming news and information -News gathering -Assisting with photography, filming, recording and editing -Press and PR -Web content management

Currently

Journalist

Misc

Sep 2015
  • Freelance
  • -Vocal Media -Wander -Journal -OYOI Newcastle -The Discoveries Of

2016

Radio Broadcast Journalist

Sun FM

Aug 2016 - Sep 2016
  • Sunderland, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • While working at Sun FM I was able to learn the tricks of the trade for the use of local radio. How to approach people more personally was the key to local radio and it helped me in: -Producing and researching news items for hourly news bulletins with different times in the day meaning different copy for different types of listeners. -Interviewing local figures, including students on A Level Results Day at Sunderland College. -Collecting vox pops -Social Media gathering and promoting -Writing news bulletins for radio -Editing audio for radio using the Burli system -News gathering

2016

Journalist

Northern Correspondent

Apr 2016 - Oct 2016
  • Freelance
  • This northern based magazine is like an almanac of many different ideas and opinions from across the North East of England. Its tagline is "Big Stories From A Small Corner of England" with every issue being based on a theme, with every article opening a different point of discussion based on that theme. As a journalist/Writer for Northern Correspondent I completed many tasks such as: -Reporting original thought provoking content catered to Northern readers -Writing copy for magazine -Interviewing a various selection of people -Proofreading copy before sending it to the editor -Photography

2016

Editor in Chief

YourJesmond

Apr 2016 - Sep 2016
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Hyperlocal news site that focuses on everything Jesmond. While living in Jesmond in my second year we were tasked with creating a local website for one of my university assignments, I continued a little while longer maintaining the site for the experience of running my own site with all of the content being produced by me and me alone. Being the editor of YourJesmond included: -Writing local web copy catered to a local audience that is both interesting yet short and informative. -Web design -Interviewing local members of Jesmond including council members and business owners -Social Media -Photography

2016

Content Creator

What Culture

Apr 2016 - Apr 2016
  • Gateshead, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • What Culture is an online site that focuses to provide entertainment through its many different top 10 lists as well as news on upcoming entertainment releases, movies, tv, video games etc. My role during this placement was to provide content as well as research possible articles for either myself or other members of the team to write. My duties at What Culture included: -Writing various articles ranging from top 10’s to features on upcoming entertainment releases -Proofreading articles before they go live -Creating spreadsheets on notable dates throughout the year for movies, games etc -News gathering

Education

2017

BA (Hons) Journalism and Media Studies (first class)

Northumbria University

Sep 2014 - May 2017
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

2014

A Levels

Sunderland Colege

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
  • Sunderland, United Kingdom
  • Media: B IT: Distinction* Business: C

2012

BTEC Creative Media Production

Newcastle College

Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Grade: Pass

2011

GCSE

Thornhill School

Sep 2006 - Jun 2011
  • Sunderland, United Kingdom
  • 5 Grade A-C's including Maths and English