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  • Researching and writing news and feature stories, working to tight deadlines
  • Writing web copy, straplines, and headlines
  • Working with production teams to create engaging and effective online and print packages
  • Working on social media accounts to promote online and print content
  • Editing others’ work to produce clean, concise copy, and to fit various styles
  • Interpreting complicated text and turning it into reader-friendly and interesting copy
  • 120wpm Teeline shorthand and media law



Senior Features Writer, Nov 2012 - Dec 2015

The National newspaper, Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Produced news features for all sections of the paper. Regularly wrote for the long-read Review section on topics including Ebola, Alzheimer’s, antibiotic resistance, humanitarian work, and mental health
  • Contributed interviews and features to the Friday lifestyle section, Weekend
  • Acted as deputy News Features Editor; participating in daily news conferences and organising the copy and photos for the next day/week
  • Used the paper’s online social media accounts to promote stories in the feature pages
  • Regularly selected by senior editors to follow-up important stories of the day, quickly and without compromising on accuracy
  • Commissioned staff reporters and freelancers; worked very closely with production staff, graphics teams and editors


Senior National Editor, Apr 2011 - Nov 2012

The National newspaper, Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Produced the news list every day and looked for follow-up ideas to take stories forward 
  • Organised the layout of national news section; liaised with designers, photographers and sub-editors
  • Commissioned and wrote web copy for breaking news or web-only stories
  • Acted as night news editor fortnightly; sending the paper to the printers and acting as the newsdesk liaison for the website


Senior Health Reporter, Jan 2008 - Apr 2011

The National newspaper, Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Responsible for breaking news and investigative health coverage
  • Managed and developed a junior health reporter
  • Built up an extensive and useful list of contacts within the government, health authorities, pharmaceutical companies, NGOs and individual clinics and hospitals, leading to a stream of exclusive front-page stories
  • Published longer, in-depth investigative packages on topics such as the H1N1 virus, doctors operating without licences, health insurance fraud, and the rising levels of HIV/Aids in the region
  • Selected to cover Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to the UAE as part of a small team of national and international journalists 


Features Writer / Senior Reporter, Jun 2005 - Jan 2008

Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Newcastle, UK

  • Worked on news and features at this award-winning busy daily paper. As a general reporter covered everything from crown court stories to local council meetings and human-interest community pieces
  • Shortlisted as Student Feature Writer of the Year at the 2006 National Press Gazette Student Journalism Awards, and Young Journalist of the Year at the 2007 Cordner Awards



In progress: PG Certificate in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

2005: Certificate of Journalism, Trinity Mirror (now Press Association) Journalism Training Scheme

2004: BA (Hons) Communication Studies 2:1, Sheffield Hallam University