Rob Whitson CV

Profile

A freelance journalist whose specialism is: arts and culture, drawn from over 20 years related professional private sector experience. Gained work experience in all media areas since graduating in 2014 and as a mature journalism student during the degree. Able to cover varied topics, is now seeking permanent or freelance positions

Published Work

Reporter, State, London – Oct 2015

Feature story for news website.

Reporter, Express Online, London – Sep 2015

Feature for national papers’ website on Graham Norton.

Reporter, The Staff Canteen, Poole – July 2015

News, features and profiles for chefs’ professional website, conducting phone interviews and online research.

Reporter, South London Press, London – May 2015

News stories for leading local paper while carrying out necessary background research and interviews.

Reporter, The News Hub, London -Nov 2014 & May 2015

Following publication of interview with Caroline Lucas MP, commissioned by online news site to interview Green Party deputy Amelia Womack and write follow-up piece on Green Party General Election prospects.

Reporter, The Hackney Citizen, London – Nov 2014

Investigative piece on Hackney housing scandal and the borough’s problem with dubious landlords, involving research, interviews with tenants, landlords, relevant charities and local authority departments.

Broadcast Assistant (Temp. Contract), Chrysalis Group plc, LBC 97.3 FM, London — Apr 2003 – Feb 2004

Helped compile a live daily interactive talk show. Attended planning meetings, managed programme content and budget, liaised with agents to book guests. Provided technical support: managing phone-lines, timings and operating recording, editing and mixing equipment.

University Journalism Work Experience

Presenter, Citybeat Radio, University College Hospital, London — July 2012 – Oct 2013

Presented a live, weekly radio show for London hospital radio station. Drove the desk, compiled on-air topics/scripts and calculated timings/running order.

News Intern, Gay Star News, London – Sep 2013

Covered LGBT issues for news website on: human rights, community information/updates and popular culture/show-business stories.

Broadcast Assistant, Euronews, London — Jun 2013

Shadowed London correspondent on location and in editing suite. Researched interviewees, edited copy for Euronews website.

Video Journalism Assistant, C21 Media, London — May 2013

Assisted journalists for news site: TechCityInsider.net. Filmed interviews, wrote standfirsts published online while covering technology conference.

Broadcast Journalism Intern, Bauer Radio, Manchester & London — Sep 2012

Assisted journalists on Magic 105.4 and Key 103 newsroom. Attended press conferences and witness’ interviews, wrote bulletins for Bauer’s news website.

News Desk Assistant, Camden New Journal, London — Sep 2011

Wrote news/features from sources incl. press releases and court reporting. Conducted background research, interviews for Camden New Journal and sister title, The Islington Tribune.

News Desk Intern, PoliticsHome, London — Jun 2011

Worked on editorial team of political news website filtering, editing and writing political news from sources including TV, radio, newspapers and the Internet.

News Desk Assistant, Southwark News, London — Dec 2010

Wrote features/news for independent local paper. Conducted interviews, including with local MP, Lib Dem Simon Hughes.

Voluntary Journalism Work Experience

Editor/Reader, The Thomas Pocklington Trust, London – July 2015 to Date

Edit/read a weekly talking newspaper provided by a leading charity for people suffering from sight loss in south London.

Education

City University London 2014 — BA Journalism, (Honours), 2:1

Babcock Enterprises, London 2009 – NVQ4 Learning, Development & Support Services (Children & Young People)

London South Bank University 2006 – Postgraduate Diploma/Qualification in Careers Guidance

Henley High School, Adelaide, Australia 1985 – Matriculation Certificate (UK equivalent GCE Advanced)

Skills

A professionally focused, determined individual. Flexible, creative and works well in different environments with a range of people. Working knowledge of and experience operating media-related computer systems including: Final Cut; Burli; Adobe and WordPress. Languages: intermediate level French.

Additional Experience

Careers Adviser, Various, London — Oct 2005 – Aug 2010

Worked with adults and young people in secondary schools, FE colleges, universities and community organisations. Helped clients take advantage of education/training/work opportunities to meet their full potential.

Sales and Marketing (Freelance) London —  Apr 2001 – Apr 2003

Employed in various positions to help develop marketing strategies, by preparing promotional materials and increasing sales targets across different brands and companies.

Marketing Manager, Harrods Ltd, London —  May 2000 – Mar 2003

Developed Harrods’ marketing communications for the home ware/furniture areas, (£120m. annual income). Devised annual marketing strategy, presenting briefs to suppliers and concessions to raise funds for joint projects, successfully managing campaigns.

Senior Advertisement Promotions Executive, IPC Media Ltd, London — May 1996-Apr 2000

Responsible for advertorial/special project sales across: Marie Claire, Marie Claire Health & Beauty and Woman’s Journal. Devised and sold creative concept to advertisers, project managing the advertorial/special project process within budgets. Developed excellent media agency/client contacts.

Actor, (Freelance) UK and US —  Jun 1992 – Feb 1996

TV, film and theatre work in London, LA and San Francisco. Additional CV and showreel available.

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