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Mo Hafeez

Founding Editor, Wall of Sound MagazineManchester, United Kingdom
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Mo Hafeez

Founding Editor, Wall of Sound MagazineManchester, United Kingdom
About me
Having completed my degree in International Relations from Durham University, achieving a 2:1 classification, I have gained a deeper appreciation of the role that media, inter-personal relationships, and journalism via creative information dissemination and communication play in the organisation of my own life and the lives of others, whether this be via social platforms, online publications, group forums, and so on. I am seeking an opportunity to further elevate my understanding and skills surrounding such areas, to formalise my interests, and to gain professional experience that would not only aid my own development, but also add to the functioning of the organisation. ... I have established my own online magazine, Wall of Sound Magazine, collaborating with students across the United Kingdom to publish live reviews, album reviews, music commentaries, interviews, and organise event nights at various venues such as Antwerp Mansion in Manchester, Musiquarium in Leeds, and Wiff Waff in Durham. Our work has been published on more established publications such as Spiked!, The Playground, and The Moshville Times. I regularly contributed music and poetry to the Thorn art collective which is present in Durham University, and have performed live at various venues in both Manchester and Durham. During my time at university I additionally co-presented a radio show on the use of sampling in the genre of hip-hop. I am fond of theatre, working on both the performance and backstage aspects of the field throughout my time at school and university, working and performing in venues such as The Lowry, Bridgewater Hall, and at the Edinburgh Fringe. I have also acted in several student film projects.
Projects
  • Far Out MagazineI currently source, organise and schedule content for Far Out Magazine's two Instagram channels (currently over 12,000 followers) and two Facebook pages (currently over 113,000 likes) - this involves searching for relevant artworks, photographs, TV segments, and film clips. I have also taken on a minor graphical design role in designing the magazine's Instagram and Facebook story features, updating them three times a week. Joining in late September 2018, a key achievement of the social media t
  • Wall of Sound MagazineWall of Sound Magazine was founded in 2014 by Mo Hafeez and Samuel Brunt – after a brief hiatus beginning at the close of 2017, the publication was relaunched in October of 2018. In the past, our writing has been featured on larger online publications such as  The Playground, Spiked!, and The Moshville Times, and we have held live gigs and club nights at venues such as the legendary Antwerp Mansion in Manchester. … If you’d like to write for us, or would like us to review some of your work, do n
Work history
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    Publishing TraineeGranta Publications
    12 Addison Ave, Notting Hill, London W11 4QR, UKInternship
    Position supported as part of the Mo Siewcharran Fund which annually assists four BAME candidates in creative industries Editorial - Reading and concisely evaluating submissions - Jacket cover design discussion - Attending editorial, acquisition, pitch meetings Press - Drafting press releases - Press clipping and filing - Expanding and updating contact lists - Organising mailouts of advance copies - Updating Biblio database - Creative input for marketing materials Administrative - Responding to rights and permissions requests - Staffing book launches - Reception cover - Postal organisation
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    Social Media Intern, ContributorFar Out Magazine
    London, United KingdomInternship
    I sourced, organised and scheduled content for Far Out Magazine's two Instagram channels (currently almost 18,000 followers) and two Facebook pages (currently over 127,000 likes) - this involved searching for relevant artworks, photographs, TV segments, and film clips. I also took on a minor graphical design role in designing the magazine's Instagram and Facebook story features, updating them three times a week. This role has since led to the magazine allowing me to aid in their creation of a photography interview series, ‘In Focus’, and I have begun to contribute music-based articles also.
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Skills
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Music
  • Theatre Acting
  • Music Journalism
  • Article Writing
  • Journalism
  • Copywriting
  • Sub-editing