CV

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Freelance - writing from London and West Africa [Sep 2013 - present].
See home page for recent publications and About section for more details.

Y Care International - Africa team programmes support [Nov 2013 - Feb 2014]
Two days a week: editing and writing research reports and funding applications, translating reports from French to English, desk-based research and writing web stories.

Children & Young People Now (Mark Allen Group) - Senior Reporter [Sep 2012 - Sep 2013]
Covering: early years, education, families, youth work, child poverty, children's rights and play.
Responsibilities:
  • Daily breaking news for online
  • Fortnightly analysis articles for magazine
  • Long-term investigative articles 
  • Writing profile interviews
  • Using social media to source news and maintain an online community
  • Creating weekly news e-bulletins
  • Commissioning and editing columns for the magazine
  • Writing best-practice articles
Work here recognised by shortlist for national award: CIPR most promising newcomer to education journalism 2013 

Freelance - writing news and features from Sierra Leone, South America and London [Sep 2011 - Sep 2012]
Publications included in: BBC World Service, The Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday, The Independent, New Internationalist, and HR Magazine.
Communications support including: Sightsavers, Education for Employment

Payroll World magazine - Senior Reporter [Dec 2010 - Sep 2011]
Covering: pay and benefits news, HR news, payroll technology
Responsibilities:
  • Managing and editing payrollworld.com, 
  • Managing, editing and commissioning blogs for payrollworld.com
  • Writing and implementing a social media strategy
  • Writing daily online news
  • Writing and commissioning monthly news and features for the magazine
  • Commissioning and editing comment pieces
  • Writing profile interviews
  • Forward planning issues and layouts
  • Working with sales team to increase readership and revenue
  • Planning Payroll World conferences and round table discussions 
Work here recognised by national award: Towers Watson Best HR Newcomer to Journalism 2012

Children & Young People Now (Haymarket Publications) - Reporter [Full time Sep 2010 - Dec 2010]
Covering: youth work, families, child poverty and early intervention

YouthNet - Media & PR Officer [Full time Sep 2008 – Jun 2010. Part time Jul 2010 - Sep 2010]
Young people’s charity which provides online support services.
Responsibilities:
  • Sourcing, interviewing and writing case studies
  • Writing editorial content for TheSite.org
  • Researching, writing and disseminating press releases
  • Managing, writing and editing YouthNet.org and its blog using a CMS, including creating and editing video content
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key journalists
  • Leading the media work for YouthNet’s partnership with Volunteering England on Olympics volunteering and legacy
  • Managing the award-winning Respect? campaign and organising YouthNet’s first Student Journalists Seminar
  • Representing YouthNet on a number of steering groups, including the Cabinet Office’s ‘Join In’ campaign
Deliberate PR - Senior Account Executive [Aug 2007 – Sep 2008]
PR company which devises creative angles for news and features.
Highlights and primary clients:
  • Guardian Hay Festival 2008 – Daily reporting for national media
  • HarperCollins publishers – Reference titles
  • Angels The Costumiers and Angels Fancy Dress
Adfero - Online Reporter [May - Aug 2007]
Writing a high volume of online news stories for a wide range of clients, including environmental consultancy GroudSure and the National Policing Improvement Agency.

The Times Books desk - Editorial Assistant [Mar 2007]
Writing biographies, research for features, sub-editing, compiling quiz pages.

Green Issues Communications - Account Executive [Jun 2006 - Mar 2007]
Public affairs and political consultation in the property development sector.
• Media monitoring, political analysis and research• Writing planning application documents for submission to local authorities
• Project management for top developers such as Center Parcs
• Organising and hosting planning consultation exhibitions
 
The Times Foreign desk - Journalist and Researcher [Dec 2006]
Writing fact boxes, research for features and supporting overseas correspondents.

The Liberal Magazine - Assistant Editor [Dec 2005]
Writing news, commissioning poetry, selling advertising space and managing subscriptions database.
 
Varsity Newspaper, Cambridge University - News Editor [Jan 2004 - Jun 2004]
Writing and commissioning news, sub-editing and design.

EDUCATION

London College of Communications [Jan - May 2006]
Certificate in Periodical Journalism

Downing College, University of Cambridge [2002-2005]
MA (Hons) in English Literature - 2.1