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 SKILLS

  • 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

 

EXPERIENCE

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

 

EDUCATION

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