Award-winning journalist in both comedy and pop culture, and health and social care.
Comedy and pop culture
Co-editor, Such Small Portions
Jun 10 - Present
Writing and editing news and features for the stand-up and TV comedy site
Networking with comedians, agents and PRs to source stories, such as a Guardian-referenced interview with Doug Stanhope
Sep 09 - Present
Using the contacts developed at SSP, written several features on TV and comedy for FHM, including features on upcoming TV comedy, major TV boxsets and an interview with Angry Boys creator Chris Lilley
Written prolifically for Sky.com's TV section on everything from 30 Rock to comedy panel shows
Edited the gay and lesbian chapter in the next edition of the Rough Guide to London
Researched and written for supplements on pets and DIY for the Guardian
Penned several long-form computing features for Micro Mart
Formerly a columnist and writer on TV and film for Den of Geek
Freelance and work experience, The Guardian
June 07 – Apr 08
Written several articles about work for Office Hours and Work sections; contributed to Comment is Free
Health and social care
Sep 09 - Present
Pitching ideas and writing features for several titles, including Community Care and mental health title Young Minds
Also screened media volunteers at Rethink for the Time to Change campaign, getting key details about their background while being mindful of their mental health problems
Journalist, OTnews magazine (part time)
Jan 10 – Present
Generating news for the monthly occupational therapy magazine; researching, writing and commissioning features
Feature writer, Community Care magazine
May 08 – Sep 09
Writing features on social care, and contributing to blogs, podcasts, and campaigns; editing weekly books page. Main article list available here
Conducted FoI investigation into vacancy rates, producing many cover articles for print and content for the web. Available from here
Developing contacts and relationships in a niche sector; pro-actively generating content for print and web
Gair Rhydd, Cardiff
Sep 04 – Jun 06
Regular contributor to student magazine Quench. Runner-up, Guardian student critic of the year 2006. Quench content here.
Independent on Sunday: work experience. Article available here. Dec 07
Red Bee Media: Listings writer for the BBC, working on the iPlayer launch. Mar-Sep 07
Eye Weekly: Intern at the Toronto alternative newspaper, including a visit to Vancouver to see film director Uwe Boll box his critics. Aug - Oct 06
Buzz magazine: News Editor at South Wales monthly arts and entertainment magazine, writing in a concise news style; regular reviewer. Available here. Jan – Jun 06
Xpress Radio, Cardiff: Co-presenter and producer of twice-weekly radio show on Cardiff student radio station. Oct 05 – Mar 06
Spiked Online: internship at the politics and culture website. Articles here. Jul 05
Itchy Cardiff: contributor to the city guide. Articles here. Jun 05
PGDip Magazine Journalism (Investigations)
City University, London, Sep 07–Jun 08
Developing skills in writing, reporting, shorthand at 100wpm, interviewing, production and sub-editing.
BSc Econ Politics, 2:1 standard
Cardiff University, Sep 03–Jun 06
Developing skills in confident writing, political analysis and philosophical enterprise.
Modules include international relations in ‘War, Poverty & Borders’, and decision making in ‘European Security’.
First year of BSc Econ Town and Country Planning completed, to a 2:1 standard.