A journalist by training, I've spent the last six years working in print and digital production at two of the world's leading media companies. My focus here has been on taking my colleague's writing across the finish line, making sure the final product is polished, attention-grabbing and beautifully presented. I also have previous experience commissioning and writing award-winning features.
- Mail Plus: an interactive daily edition for iOS and AndroidIn 2013 I was part of the launch team for Mail Plus, an ambitious, experimental daily format for tablets. It was my job to help convert the print edition into an immersive touchscreen experience, adapting and enhancing its content with fresh display copy, sidebars and in-depth picture galleries – all before the newspaper hit the stands the next day. For this I worked closely with a design team to maintain a slick, modern feel and with colleagues in tech to add interactive features in Adobe DPS.
London, United KingdomFull Time
I work as part of a small global team that handles news, features and investigations, as well as entertainment posts prioritised according to traffic. Other duties include editing text for videos, the BuzzFeed News app and newsletters. I also contribute to the house style guides, create training resources for colleagues (e.g. tips on clearer writing and covering sensitive topics) and advise writers and editors on corrections and updates.
Features sub-editorThe Daily Mail
- London, United KingdomFull Time
Hired via a highly competitive graduate scheme, I worked primarily as a sub on the print edition’s features desk, with secondments to regional media, Mail Online and the launch team for an ambitious daily format for tablets. In addition to my regular duties on features and comment, I was put in charge of a constantly shifting diary spread and was often tasked with managing flatplans and allocating work on weekly sections (health, fashion, entertainment, personal finance, etc.) and special pullouts.
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- Adobe Indesign
- Teeline Shorthand
- Email Newsletters
- Feature Writing
- CMS Experience
- Content Management
Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper JournalismCardiff University
- Cardiff, United Kingdom
This is a vocational, NCTJ-accredited programme including modules on reporting, subbing, law, local and central government, ethics and online media.
MA Hons English LiteratureThe University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Outside courses included English language, French and music history. Extracurricular activities mainly focused on student journalism, and I was editor of the university paper when The Herald named it best in Scotland in 2009.
Allen Wright AwardEdinburgh Festival Fringe SocietyThis award recognises the best coverage of the Edinburgh festivals by journalists aged 30 and under, and it attracts entries from writers at leading national publications. I've been shortlisted seven times, winning the features category in 2013 and coming second for reviews in 2011.
Lanfine BursaryThe University of EdinburghThe university presents this to one second-year English literature student to reward outstanding coursework. The winner can earn a renewal the following year based on continued performance, which I did in 2009.