CV

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I am a freelance writer with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in Journalism and English from Coventry University. I am an enthusiastic and creative individual who enjoys writing, as well as communicating and developing/maintaining relationships with people.

 

KEY SKILLS

Journalism & Related

News & features Writing

Public Relations

Magazine, print and online formatting

SEO

Researching

Interviewing

Broadcasting work (TV & Radio)

Media Law

IT & Equipment

Video Editing (Intermediate)

Audio Editing (Skilled)

Adobe InDesign (Intermediate)

Photoshop (Intermediate)

WordPress (Skilled)

MS Word & Excel (Skilled)

Mac and Windows capable

Other

Fluent in the Cantonese Language

 

JOURNALISM WORK EXPERIENCE

January 2011 – December 2011

Pocketful of Megabytes (pocketfulofmb.com) – Writer / Assistant Editor

With the assistant editor role, I have acquired useful experiences such as commissioning articles and organising other writer’s work, whilst keeping the target audience and website agenda in mind. I have also taken charge of maintaining a network of contact with games developers via e-mail, securing interviews with them and also acquiring promotional codes of games to be reviewed for the website.

As a writer, I mainly wrote for the iPhone/iPad section of the website, where my contributions include reviews and feature articles. This position has given me the chance to improve upon my existing experiences in writing on an online platform professionally, and also working closely with an editor to deliver suitable content.

April 2010 – September 2010

Sheffield Music Scene (www.sheffiledmusicscene.info) – Freelance writer

My work for the online magazine includes writing feature articles, interviews, and gig/music reviews. Articles I’ve written are based on ideas suggested from the features editor, as well as ones I’ve sourced on my own from patch areas within Sheffield. I initially started working for Sheffield Music Scene to fulfil a part of a Work Experience module at University, but then continued to write for the magazine afterwards to keep my journalism skills sharp over the summer between my second and final year of study.

Oct 2008 – May 2011

CU Today, The Source (www.cutoday.wordpress.com), Coventry University – Journalist

CU Today is an online news blog for the University. My stories for CU Today were mainly focused at the local news Coventry. This has been helpful in helping me develop my writing skills aimed at a new media format. I have also contributed stories to the university newspaper (‘The Source’) which included general news in the City of Coventry and also areas of personal interest such as entertainment reviews. This gave me the experience of how to submit and instigate publication of professional work.

References available upon request

 

EDUCATION

Coventry University, Coventry: 2008 – 2011

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & English – 2:1 with Honours

Eckington Sixth Form, Sheffield: 2007 – 2008

A Level

  • Film Studies
  • English Language
  • Art and Design

Eckington School, Sheffield: 2001 – 2006

11 GCSE A – C passes including:

  • English Language & Literature
  • Media Studies

 

INTEREST AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Current Affairs: Likes know what is happening, locally, nationally and globally.

New Media: Enjoys exploring and using the internet for news, research and for fun.

Public Relations: Taken and passed an extra credit PR module – ‘Managing the Media’ during final year of university.

Cinema: A fan of all cinema, from Hollywood to Indie to World Cinema. Taken and passed an extra credit module – ‘Introduction to Screenwriting during the first year of university.

Music: Fan of a huge range of Genres. Have been a guitarist in several short lived bands and have gigging experience; which has boosted confidence. I also have a Grade 5 Qualification in Music Theory.