Creative, media addict, cider drinker.
I’m a graduate with a BA (Hons) First Class degree in Journalism from Falmouth University.
I graduated in September 2011 and I am still searching for my first steps in a media as a freelance journalist. I have experience in match reporting, sub-editing, news writing, layouts, advertising, marketing, SEO, and editorial. I have limited shorthand but practise as much as time allows. I am confident using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and experience using a variety of content management systems, specifically WordPress. I am an avid Twitter user and constantly looking for the next social media trend.
I’m based in the South West and with roots in Yeovil and floors/sofas in Cornwall, Devon, Bristol, Bournemouth and London.
In the time between graduating and now I have done a variety of things.
I’ve worked in admin and stock control for a retailer, been a copywriter and website administrator for a gift ware wholesaler and I am currently doing shift work for Thomson Reuters on the sports desk. I’ve been helping out a football zine, Stand: For Football, with their website and social media presence, too.
The most rewarding and probably worthwhile thing I have done is been at the front of two magazine launches. The first one, Flex, was a student magazine launch in Falmouth that is circulated on the campus and around town. In May, when I moved back to Somerset, two friends and I decided to start a magazine in Yeovil called Y. It’s a lifestyle magazine, solely focused on local business, people and events. It is all about the content rather than a slave for advertising, something that I feel strongly about. I crave to be part of a successful magazine launch.
I’ve also had brief spells of work experience at Reuters News Agency, FourFourTwo, The Western Gazette, and Yeovil Town Football Club as well as five soul-destroying years at PC World.
In my own time you’ll find me watching and playing football, scrolling through twitter on my iPhone or having a nice cool cider with my mates – although the last two aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m the guy who watches everything, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, The Newsroom, Dexter, Mad Men, The Office, Parks & Recreation, Doctor Who, Lost, Heroes, Boardwalk Empire, The Thick of It, Game of Thrones, Suits and whatever is coming next. I get fully-engrossed by a good documentary. I keep my finger on the pulse with pop-culture, despite despising certain aspects of it. I’m a zinester and love the aspects of the underground and alternative media. I read magazines and articles and keep cutouts of the ones I think are cool. I inherit and collect vinyl records and I’m a gig-goer. I go to Glastonbury, I’ve seen the Foo Fighters, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, U2, Coldplay, Elbow, Florence, The Who, Foals and more, but I prefer the intimate shows with 300 people.
I didn’t realise I could write this much about myself.