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Melissa Ray

Writer, Researcher and Coordinator

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
  • AvailabilityLocked Pro Plan feature
  • ProfessionsWriter - Event Coordinatior - Researcher


  • Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Research
  • Social Media

Work history


Researcher and Practitioner

Crisis Classroom

Jan 2018
  • Europe
  • Freelance
  • Design and delivery of a 6-month research project investigating how non-formal learning spaces are benefiting people affected by displacement across France, Italy and Greece. - Conducting ethnographic fieldwork - Developing international partnerships - Interviewing NGOs, grassroots organisations and vulnerable people - Facilitating workshops for young people and adults - Producing visual and editorial content for social media - Consolidating findings for reports and academic journals


Festival Coordinator

Brighton Digital Festival

Jul 2016 - Feb 2018
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Supported the day to day planning, delivery and management of the annual month long open-programme of events exploring digital culture in venues across the city. Coordination & Communications - Lead on both online and offline communications, including content-creation, copy-editing and proofreading for the printed programme, website, social media, blog and press releases - Built and maintained relationships with organisational partners and commercial sponsors - Oversaw commissioned artists, practitioners, volunteers and contractors - Compiled and delivered reports to funders and stakeholders - Built and developed data sets relating to event organisers and audiences for the annual evaluation of the festival - Supported the development of an organisation-wide manifesto - First point of contact and support for independent event organisers, commissioned artists and audiences Events management - Organised events including talks, monthly community meet-ups, public meetings, launch/closing parties and networking events - Worked together with the Festival Director to programme and coordinate events in the curated arts strand, including The Messy Edge, BDF’s first in-house conference


Associate Editor


Jul 2015 - Feb 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • A magazine about modern life and culture in the digital age. - Interviewed emerging and established artists and digital practitioners - Wrote, edited and sub-edited articles and interviews - Reviewed and reported on exhibitions and events across the UK - Researched, wrote and published site-wide content - PR, event-organisation and report-writing for the September 2016 relaunch of the magazine - Updated and maintained online communications channels - Occasional copywriting for corporate clients, primarily luxury fashion brands


Editorial Assistant

Delayed Gratification

Jan 2015 - Jan 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Worked closely with the Editor and Deputy Editor to produce issue 17 of Delayed Gratification. - Editorial assistance including research, transcribing and pitching for upcoming features - Independent research for an infographic on the history of OBE awardees



BA English & History

The University of Sussex

Sep 2012 - Jul 2015
  • Brighton, United Kingdom