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Tom Rollins

Freelance journalist, researcher and copyeditor

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Work history


Freelance Journalist, Researcher and Copyeditor


Jun 2011
  • Since 2011, having studied an English BA at Cambridge University and then a postgraduate diploma at Sheffield University, I have worked as a freelance journalist for a range of leading publications in the UK and Middle East. My first commissions were with London-based outlets, including Dazed & Confused, The Independent newspaper, New Statesman and Vice. Since moving to Egypt in summer 2013, I have gained significant experience in field reporting but also freelancing; producing news and features for Al-Jazeera America and English (Qatar), Al-Monitor (Beirut), Equal Times (Brussels), Mada Masr (Egypt), Middle East Eye (London), Vice News (US) and others. At the moment, I report on migration and refugees but also work on a range of freelance projects as well, including copy-editing and sub-editing, report-writing for NGOS/civil society organisations and research.



Mada Masr

Feb 2014 - Dec 2015
  • I worked as an in-house and on-call copy-editor for Egypt's leading independent news outlet, Mada Masr, during a turbulent time in Egyptian politics. The role involved standard copy-editing tasks (editing copy to a high standard, publishing material on Drupal CMS, picture research and social media), and from early 2015 I also edited Mada's daily newsletter - 'The Mada Masr Morning Digest' - between 6-8am, which went out to a range of diplomatic, journalistic and other professional subscribers.



Magazine Journalism

University of Sheffi

Aug 2010 - May 2011
  • Postgraduate diploma


English BA

University of Cambridge

Aug 2007 - May 2010
  • English tripos Part I and II