CV in brief

Websites I've worked with/onQUALIFICATIONS

  • GCSEs in English Language & Literature, Maths, French, German, Art, Geography
  • A Levels in English Language & Literature, Law, Economics
  • NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Law exams
  • NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Public Affairs exams
  • 100 words per minute Teeline Shorthand
  • NVQ Level 4 in Newspaper Journalism and Writing
  • NVQ Level 4 in Sub-Editing and Production
  • RSA NVQ Assessors Award (for training junior reporters)
  • CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) Diploma in Public Relations
  • A174 – Start writing fiction short course, The Open University
  • (Studying MA in Online Journalism (distance learning at Birmingham City University starting September 2011)

JOB TITLES AND BUZZ WORDS

Content and Social Media Communications Officer,  The Open University (OU)
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, instant articles, Facebook canvas, graphic design, social video, mobile content, organic and paid-for social content, news website editor, online journalism, integrated campaigns, mobile journalism, mobile apps video, editing, editorial planning

Editorial and Digital Communications Officer,  The Open University (OU)
News website editor, online journalism, social media content, content campaigns, mobile journalism, video, editing

Content and SocialNew Media Communications Officer/Community Web Editor, The Open University (OU)

Blogger, editor, community manager, project management, social media, community engagement, stakeholder engagement, commissioning editor, content – words, audio, video, images

Series Editor, Coalville Times, part of Trident Midland Newspapers
Head of department, news editor, sub editor, columnist, community, campaigns, circulation, management, commissioning, training, editorial strategy

Weekly Series Features and Supplements Editor, Shropshire Newspapers Ltd
Sub editor, deputy, mentor, features

Acting Editor, Newport and Market Drayton Advertiser, part of Shropshire Newspapers Ltd
Events, campaigns, editor, sub editor, columnist

Assistant Editor, North Shropshire Chronicle, part of Shropshire Newspapers Ltd
Community campaigns, awards, headline of the year, mentor, NVQ assessor, management

Deputy Editor, Newport and Market Drayton Advertiser, part of Shropshire Newspapers Ltd
News editor, sub editor, features, management

Chief Reporter, Newport Advertiser, part of Shropshire Newspapers Ltd
Reporter, news, features, interviews, meetings, elections

Trainee and then Senior Reporter (from March 2001), Shrewsbury and North Shropshire Chronicle, part of Shropshire Newspapers Ltd
Reporter, news, features

Trainee Reporter, Ludlow and South Shropshire Journal, part of Shropshire Newspapers Ltd
Reporter, news, features

STUFF I WORK WITH

QuarkCopyDesk, InDesign, QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier Elements/Pro, Audacity, Adobe Soundbooth, iMovie, Final Cut Express/Pro, InDesign, Microsoft packages, Google Apps, Drupal, APS, WordPress, Expression Engine, HTML, Vimeo, Flickr, Twitter, CoTweet, YouTube, AudioBoom, Facebook, Storify, Paper.li, Instapaper, Instagram, Buffer, Wunderlist.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

  • Overnight stay on HMS Ocean, off the coast of Portugal, during Royal Marines press trip
  • Private interview with Prime Minister Tony Blair during a ‘secret’ visit to Newport, Shropshire
  • Interviews with Cherie Blair and Tanni Grey-Thompson, both honorary graduates of The Open University
  • Video interview with Lord Puttnam, Chancellor of The Open University, in the House of Lords
  • Headed up North Shropshire Chronicle’s Sink or Swim campaign which scooped Campaigning Newspaper of the Year
  • Finalist in the Midlands Media Awards Headline of the Year category in both 2005 and 2006.
  • Attended the British Interactive Media Association Awards in London in 2009 after Platform, the OU’s community website, was shortlisted as a finalist

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