Here's a short run-down of my work history and experience. You can find further details and references on LinkedIn. At some point I'd like to add links to some of the articles that I'm most proud of, but I haven't got around to that yet so don't be afraid to ask me if you'd like to see some samples.
Freelance Journalist, Writer & Editor, August 2012 – Present
I'm available for freelance commissions on technology, science, travel, videogames, web culture, music and the environment.
I've written for BBC Focus, the Guardian, Wired UK, Medium, Technology Review, Popular Science, T3, Stuff, Science Uncovered, NME, Men's Health, How We Get To Next, PC Gamer, Gamesmaster, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Techradar, Pocket-lint, Popjustice, and CMU, among others.
News Editor, Wired.co.uk, May 2010 - August 2012
In this position, I was responsible for writing a substantial portion of the in-house content that goes onto the site, as well as commissioning and editing content from other contributors, contributing to the podcast, and looking after the Wired.co.uk community. During my time at the site, traffic increased four-fold.
Reporter, Pocket-Lint, May 2009 - May 2010
At Pocket-lint I wrote more than 2000 news articles and plenty of reviews and features for the site. My focus was on software, videogames and digital music, but I covered a massively wide range of consumer electronics, including the IFA and CES tradeshows. I was ranked #1 technology journalist in the UK by Apollo Research by volume of posts in August 2009.
New Media Coordinator, July 2007 - August 2008
Way to Blue is a leading international online entertainment PR company. In this role I researched digital initiatives and web applications to develop innovative ways of promoting new products. I also helped to manage the in-house contacts database and performed substantial IT support functions, as well as assisting publicists with creative social media ideas and suggestions for their campaigns. At Way to Blue, I got great experience of working to precise briefs, dealing with professional clients at all levels, setting and meeting KPIs and some knowledge of SEO.
Work Experience, Cooking Vinyl, May 2007 - July 2007
Working at Cooking Vinyl, I performed varied administrative tasks. This included mailouts, message board seeding, online research, maintenance of Myspace sites, and looking after their website’s digital music database and the label’s varied back catalogue. Here I gained direct experience of the way a small independent company operates.
Vice President Communications, Reading University Students' Union, June 2004 - June 2005
This elected position required me to work within a team of 6 full-time sabbatical officers and 6 non-sabbatical officers to maintain and run separately the charity and company of Reading University Students' Union. At all times I was accountable to the student body.
My major duties were:
• Representing the opinions of 14,000 students to the University.
• Developing the Student Media (a weekly 32-page newspaper and a 24/7 radio station) while allowing them to remain editorially independent.
• Acting as a Press Officer for the Union, relaying press releases to local and national media and responding to external enquiries.
• Making sure that everything the Union does was adequately communicated to 14,000 students in a variety of forms, including print, broadcast and online.
• Formulating and implementing major policy decisions on both large and small committees.
• Coordinating the annual elections for the following year's officers as Chair of Elections.