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Email Blog LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Amanda L. @aL.writes A L. writes
Objective: To produce the best stories, copy and results in a multimedia journalist or promotional role, with a passion for the arts, culture, politics and philosophy. I have: NCTJ Multimedia Journalism from no. UK college ~ over months intern & work experience in film, local and political news and awardwinning The Aucklander ~ over news, features, reviews and opinion published in print, online or video, some with photography or illustration ~ run Wordpress blog with subscribers and daily views ~ over Facebook & Twitter followers ~ worked on QuarkXpress, Photoshop, MS Word, Publisher, Adobe & content management systems ~ : Bachelor of Arts in English & Philosophy from no. New Zealand University.
AugSept : Freelance Writer & Illustrator, New Empress, Movie Ramblings, London ~
Developed pitches for quirky, informed articles for quarterly film magazine and film website.
July August : Reporter intern, Enfield Independent, Newsquest, North London ~ ~
Developed and sourced news stories and "news in brief" published online and in print. Arrived first at scene for breaking news stories and gained insight into daily local news online.
June : Feature Writer, Movie Ramblings, South London ~
Sourced and interviewed successful film tour business director, guide, tourists and film academic for ,word culture feature published online, with photos, no editing needed.
Mar June : Reporter, Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times, Newsquest, West London ~ ~ ~
Developed and sourced features and news stories, with photos, published online. Produced more offdiary stories and ondiary Royal Wedding local stories than other reporters. Selected by Newsquest CEO to cover prestigious Hillingdon&;s Choral Society & Philharmonic Orchestra concert and produced word arts feature before deadline.
Oct Nov : Reporter intern, The Aucklander, New Zealand Herald, Auckland City ~ ~
Sourced own contacts for stories weeks into first reporter role, conducted lengthy interviews, assisted photographer and wrote human interest features published online and in print. Trusted with controversial topics and praised for sensitivity, writing skills and enthusiasm.
May : Freelance contributor, Nottingham Post, Manpower, TripAdvisor, The Spoof ~
Surveyed General Election voters for opinions in shopping high street, review of Manpower recruitment in corporate newsletter, tourist review of film tour and satire published online.
Feb : Intern, Politics.co.uk ~
Edited and collated the most detailed General Election constituency profiles online.
Oct Jan : Journalist, The Sanctuary, Nottingham University ~
Developed opinion pieces and film review published in University student newspaper.
Summer : Journalist and illustrator, Delirium, North London ~ Developed opinion pieces and illustrations on Enfield youth magazine.
NCTJ Multimedia Journalism
Mar July : NCTJ Multimedia Journalism Diploma, News Associates, Wimbledon Shorthand wpm, Media Law A, Portfolio B, Public Affairs, Court Reporting and Video Journalism C. Expected: Reporting. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Praised for strong storygathering and mature writing in hardcopy portfolio of news stories and features published online. Produced and uploaded : minute video news report online as reporter, audio, lighting and camera operator. Conducted and edited interviews, vox pops and footage of a fox. First team to finish in national breaking news mock exercise with changing deadlines. Completed news story within hours with sources from ,,Yellow Pages page. Sourced, completed and subedited original news for London `patch&; team exercises in print. Performed highly in difficult interview scenarios, speedwriting, and reached quarterfinals of class wpm "Shorthand Cup" knockout.
Mar Nov : B+ : in English & Philosophy, Auckland University, NZ ~ ~ Achieved A+ in rd year ,,Theory and Gothic Literature, As in rd year Philosophy of Art, Politics. Inspired students with speech on university exchange programme drawing on my semester at Nottingham University. Written Student Testimony published online.
Aug Jan : Certificate in Teaching English as Foreign Language: hours online
Interests: Sketching, writing creatively performed poetry at Auckland Literary Festival, once and playing
piano. Travelled to New Zealand and Australian cities, so far, and hope to incorporate Europe. Enjoy art, literature and philosophy.
REFERENCES News Associates, Course Director: Richard Parsons. Ph: . Email: Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times, Digital Editor: Rachel Bull. Ph: . Email: The Aucklander, Chief Reporter: Edward Rooney, Ph: + . Email:
Click here for online list of published journalism. NCTJ Portfolio and cuttings available on request.