Melissa Ray

Writer, Researcher and Coordinator

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

Skills

  • Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Research
  • Social Media

Companies I’ve worked with

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  • POSTMatter

    POSTMatter

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    • Design & Creative
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    Delayed Gratification

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      Brighton Digital Festival

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        Crisis Classroom

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        Work history

        Currently

        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

        2018

        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

        2017

        Associate Editor

        POSTMatter

        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

        2015

        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

        Education

        2015

        BA English & History

        The University of Sussex

        Sep 2012 - Jul 2015
        • Brighton, United Kingdom