Samuel Spencer

Culture writer and journalist

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Projects

  • Interview, Writing, fine art, visual art, Contemporary Art, Journalism, Arts Journalism, Arts Writing

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About me

Arts and culture writer based in London. As featured on ARTINFO, The Culture Trip, and more. In my work, I try to bring together high and low culture in original ways, discussing everything from Botticelli to Beyoncé in pieces that are informative, irreverent, or sometimes a combination of both.

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Skills

  • Blogging
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Social Media
  • Travel Writing
  • Content Curation
  • Film Writing
  • Music Writing
  • Editing Proofreading
  • Art Writing
  • Idea Generation and Development
  • Opinion Writing
  • Theatre Writing
  • Editing

Work history

Currently

Freelance Journalist

Samuel Spencer Writes

Sep 2010
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • • Producing a wide range of engaging, SEO-minded content for a number of major clients in multiple sectors. • Became a specialist on culture, travel, London life, and education writing • Working with editors closely to tailor writing to specific wants and needs of each commissioner • Proficiency across many formats, such as interviews, lists, blog posts and feature writing, as well as digital journalism formats (videos, audio, infographics).

2016

Staff Writer

Blouin ARTINFO

Feb 2016 - Nov 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • • Wrote 5000 words a week of Europe news articles, travel features, and London exhibition reviews for this international arts and culture site. • Increased monthly website views by 250,000 through careful story selection, monitoring analytics and expanding European coverage into new territories. • Uploaded work via CMS and promoted it across multiple social media platforms • Worked and communicated with an international team of editors and writers, as well as commissioning other writers and videographers.. • Interacted with museums, galleries and PR companies internationally, building up a large number of contacts. • Filmed and edited original video content. • Working to fast deadlines and managing own content independently.

2016

Writer

Postgrad Solutions

Sep 2014 - Feb 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • • Content for students in their own voice • Varied content produced including blog posts, advice articles, infographic design and interviews • Content syndicated by The Telegraph’s Courses website. • Fast responses to breaking news affecting students (such as the introduction of postgraduate loans.

2015

Editorial Assistant

The Culture Trip

May 2014 - Jul 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • • Wrote and marketed travel and culture content. • Increased monthly visitors from 100,000 to 1 million through implementing a simple yet effective marketing and social media plan. • Ensuring traffic through social media engagement. • Created regular content to tight deadlines across a wide range of topics and styles, learning how to use, among other software, CMS and Mailchimp.

2014

Culture Pullout Editor

Roar News

May 2013 - Sep 2014
  • Internship
  • Transformed the award-winning student newspaper's culture section into its own pullout with its own voice and look. Ran a highly successful marketing campaign that doubled user engagement with the section on social media.

2014

Curator’s Assistant

The Residence Gallery

Aug 2013 - Aug 2014
  • Full Time
  • Responsible for all copy produced within an international art gallery in East London.

Education

2014

English Literature

King’s College London

Sep 2011 - May 2014
  • 1st class degree