Maria Kastner


London, United Kingdom
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  • Journalist
  • Journalist
    BA English Graduate
  • Journalist

About me

I am a recent graduate from Queen Mary University of London, looking to start my professional career in Journalism. With a first-class degree in English and Drama, and a diploma in Art and Design, I have always been very creative and apply my artistic flare to everything I do. I am passionate about writing, which led me to create a travel blog alongside my university studies whilst also carrying out the role of Art Editor for my university magazine, Cub Magazine. I have a strong understanding of website design and promotion, utilisation SEO strategies and social media to advertise my blog, reach a wider readership and increase traffic. I am highly organised, which enabled me to work in the fast-paced news rooms of The Wiltshire Times and Gazette & Herald. I am very motivated and a self-starter by nature, having entered the hospitality industry at the age of 14 when I set up a small cake business in collaboration with a local cafe, and have supported myself since. An ardent writer, art enthusiast and culture critic, I am very excited to begin my journalistic career.


  • Photography
  • Wordpress
  • SEO
  • German
  • Painting
  • Writing
  • Social Media Management
  • Sub-editing
  • Content and Media Writing
  • Public Speaking

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • CUB Magazine

    CUB Magazine

    • Publishing
  • F

    France 24

    • T

      The Institute of Light

      • L

        Look magazine

        Work history


        Jul 2018
        • Helmsley Pl, London E8, UK
        • Full Time
        • -With eight years of work in the Hospitality industry - covering positions as waitress, head-waistress, barista, supervisor - this is my most recent job as bar staff. -Communicated effectively with staff and customers; I am always friendly and approachable and handle any potentially sensitive situation with tact and diplomacy. -Performed leadership role as supervisor at Ground Cafe, and head-waitress at The Bridge Tea Rooms; delegated roles to other staff members and conducted the team effectively. -Stepped in as chef's assistant and baker at The Bridge Tea Rooms. -Managed a floor of 18 tables whilst working at Carluccios in Oxford Street, performing tasks efficiently under time pressure. -Maintained attentiveness and excellent service whilst experiencing high customer demand. -Experience handling tills, card reachers, coffee machines, kitchen appliances and cocktail shakers.


        Fashion Intern

        Look magazine

        Apr 2018 - Apr 2018
        • Marsh Wall, London, UK
        • Internship
        • -Worked in the office assisting where needed. -Made phone calls to fashion retailers to organise orders. -Organised incoming clothes for photo shoots and packaged outgoing clothes for returns. -Corresponded to emails and updated the diary with regards to various editors' events.


        Journalism Intern

        The Wiltshire Times

        Jun 2017 - Jun 2017
        • Duke St, Trowbridge BA14, UK
        • Internship
        • Examples can be found in my portfolio: -Filled in for absence of freelancers: worked in an extremely fast-paced environment. I was given the amazing opportunity to write my own articles that were published online and in print with by-lines in the following week. -Interviewed locals to discover news stories at local events, visits to schools and the police station, and spoke with the presenters of Heart Wiltshire Radio. -Pitched ideas to the newsroom after travelling around the area, e.g. discovered an interesting story about disability access in the area by approaching people in the street. -Fact-checked multiple press releases to write advertisements and articles and searched archives to update the paper's history section. -Corresponded to emails to locals and PRs.


        Art Editor

        CUB Magazine

        May 2017 - Jun 2018
        • Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, UK
        • Freelance
        • -Examples can be found in my portfolio: -Developed knowledge of London's rapidly changing art scene; visited and reviewed 1 - 2 exhibitions each month. -Worked with the CUB team to find new and exciting ways for the magazine to reach its readership. -Met with freelancers to edit their work to meet the criteria and suit the style of the magazine. -Proof-read and fact-checked co-editors submissions.


        Teaching Assistant

        Original Volunteers

        Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
        • Nkawkaw, Ghana
        • Internship
        • -Volunteered for a month in Eduamoa Primary School; planned and taught Math, English and Drama lessons. -Demonstrated adaptability to the different system of schooling in Ghana whilst remaining flexible with the irregularity of class schedules. -Communicated effectively with students and teachers despite a language barrier and conducted lively and engaging classes.


        Producer's shadow

        France 24

        Jun 2013 - Jun 2013
        • Rue de Maubeuge, 75010 Paris, France
        • Internship
        • -Shadowed Ruth Hetherington, producer of France 24, one of France's largest news channels. -Learnt how raw footage and information from Reuters, correspondents and PR was put together into a news story. -Helped organise interviews for live broadcast.



        Bachelor of Art (First Class Honours) English and Drama

        Queen Mary University of London

        Sep 2015 - Jul 2018
        • Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, UK
        • -My undergraduate dissertation, which achieved a first, was titled 'Mind the Gap: Humour, "the Female Body" and the Expression of Individuality'. I carried out interviews; extensive research into the history of women and comedy, disability in performance and feminism; and visited numerous stand-up and Live Art performances. -Produced high quality work to strict deadlines, whilst managing multiple projects at once, especially when taking an extra module in the first semester of the third year. -Utilised keen eye for detail and grammatical accuracy and developed excellent written and aural communication skills. -Practiced confidence in performing and public speaking. -Developed excellent presentation skills, utilising Microsoft Powerpoint to do so. -Perfected fast reading pace, achieved an average of four books a week in my final year. -Adept at understanding complex texts and deducing clarity and meaning from convoluted sentences.


        Art and Design (Foundation Diploma) Level 3 - Merit

        Wiltshire College

        Sep 2014 - Jun 2015
        • College Rd, Trowbridge BA14 0ES, UK
        • -Developed passion and critical understanding of contemporary art and its history. -Learnt screen-printing, film photography and development, life drawing, painting, calligraphy, weaving, pottery and wood, glass and metal work. -Specialised in 3D (body adornment/jewellery), taking influence from Alexander McQueen, Dai Rees, Naomi Filmer and Eric Halley to create structures that adorned the body in ways that expressed the idea of physical trauma and muteness.


        Sep 2012 - Jul 2014
        • Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon BA15, UK
        • 4 A levels: German: A English: B Drama: B Biology: B 1 AS level: Chemistry: B