Curriculum Vitae

Robert is a print, online and broadcast journalist, magazine and features editor, radio presenter, columnist and social media commentator, specialising in culture, politics, foreign affairs and lifestyle reporting.

Skills

Journalism Reporting/live presenting Researching/cataloguing Interviewing Subbing/proofing
Management Editorial planning People management Budgeting Issuing briefs
Software MS Word and Excel

 

Multiple CMS systems Multiple social media platforms Quark, In Design and Photoshop
Miscellaneous Teeline shorthand (100wpm) Search engine optimisation (SEO) Image sourcing and photography Data handling

Journalism experience

Jul 2012 to present

  • Covering southwest London, Surrey and East Berkshire patch
  • High profile celebrity interviews, local interest news and features
  • Editorial forward planning/management
  • Sourcing images, negotiating with agencies, archives and freelance photographers
  • Managing junior staff, work experience candidates and freelance writers
  • Subbing/proofing copy and page layouts
  • Launched Windsor, Maidenhead & Ascot Magazine and essentialsurrey.co.uk
  • Managing online content, analytics, social media and search engine optimisation
Editor of The Windsor, Maidenhead & Ascot Magazine, Features Editor, Food & Drink Editor and Online Editor, Sheengate Publishing
Jan 2014 to present

  • Producing and hosting weekly live radio show for London-wide/internet station on global affairs and the arts
  • Live interviews with high profile guests including former Channel 4 Chief Editor/ITN CEO Stewart Purvis, former editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Iain Overton
Presenter/producer,

The News Agents, Resonance 104.4 FM

Oct 2013 to present

  • Freelance writing on UK politics and foreign affairs
  • Sub-editing
  • Social media
  • Brand and event promotion
Columnist/contributor,

Left Foot Forward and Total Politics

Jan to Jul 2012

  • Off-diary news, features, opinion and vox pops covering local government, social affairs, housing, health and children’s services
  • Live reporting London Mayoral Elections 2012 with press accreditation at City Hall – managed a five-man press team interviewing candidates and running Twitter channel
Reporter, South West Londoner and Sportsbeat
Feb 2012

  • Busy newsroom operation, producing on and off-diary editorial
  • Door-knocking and vox popping
  • Conducting interviews
  • Shadowing photographers
Work experience,

South London Press

Qualifications

Feb 2012 to Jul 2012 News Associates, NCTJ Multimedia Diploma Gold standard
Sept 2010 to Jan 2012 University of Exeter, Master of Arts in History Merit
Sept 2007 to Jul 2010 University of Exeter, Bachelor of Arts in History 2:1
Sept 2009 to Jul 2010 University of Exeter, Student Associate Scheme Complete

 

Sept 2005 to Jul 2007 King Charles I Sixth Form College, Kidderminster, A Levels AAB

 

Sept 2002 to Jul 2005 King Charles I High School, Kidderminster, GCSEs x10 A to C

Other skills & interests

ITV Talent Pool
  • Work shadowing
  • Passed competitive entry requirements
Volunteer work

 

  • Social media, Action on Armed Violence
  • Crisis at Christmas homeless, referral-only dependency centres
  • General NGO work: mentoring, fundraising, recruitment, publicity, public speaking
  • Politics Week school outreach for Okehampton College, Devon
  • Organising hustings for local and European elections (2009)
  • Secretarial/publicity roles for university societies, attending global conferences
Academia
  • Author of The Non-Payers: Personal narrative, collective memory and the oral testimonies of poll tax rebels, University of Exeter (2011)
  • UK wide fieldwork, gathering interviews and artefacts
  • Establishing and contributing to the University of Exeter Heritage Collections’ Anti Poll Tax Research Project oral history digital archive

Industry references

Name: Richard Parsons Name: Richard Nye
Position: Director of Training at News Associates Position: Editor, Richmond & Barnes Magazines
Address: 247 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SD Address: Unit A4 Kingsway Business Park, Oldfield Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2HD
Email: rparsons@newsassociates.co.uk Email: editorial@sheengate.co.uk
Tel: 0870 445 0155 Tel: 020 8939 5629

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>