These lessons are aimed at students aged 16-22, and would be ideal for anyone who is trying to break into the world of journalism. Maybe you'll write for your university's paper or be a debater at your school. You'll definitely be a quick thinker and be unafraid to tackle topics that are completely new to you. I am lively and fun but very exacting when it comes to my work: I will expect you to strive for perfection. It doesn't matter if you fall short, it's just about pushing yourself and never settling for what you have now, because I can help you grow!
RESEARCH LESSON - 1 hour
- We choose a current topic (e.g. coronavirus vaccines, school exams, Bitcoin, Alexei Navalny)
- We work together on a Google Doc. First, I set out a plan for your research, then you research semi-independently for 30 minutes; you are free to ask me any questions you have about sources, how to organise things, which details to include.
- I check out your research, advise you on where to improve, and how to make it easy to translate your research into a story
WRITING LESSON (for after a research lesson, or bring research you already have e.g. from a school project) - 1.5 hours
- We choose a style of story ('hard' news story, opinion piece, mini podcast, listicle)
- We create a basic plan for your story, then slot your research into it
- On a joint Google Doc, you attempt to write your story out. Separately, I will also write parts of the story out for you to compare your finished work to.
- I go through your entire story and edit it, explaining to you why I am changing some words and how the sentences could be tightened or enhanced.
DEBATE CHAT - 30 mins
- A more informal lesson I'm open to running: we can 'argue' about any topic you wish in order to give you practice articulating your opinions and discussing topical issues.
* My lessons are ideal for aspiring journalists who want industry insight and to practice doing the sort of tasks that would be expected of them in the newsroom. *
I began freelancing as a broadcast journalist with the BBC whilst studying for my BA in International Relations at King's College London, then earned a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. I've worked everywhere from Radio 4 to Politics Live to The Andrew Marr Show and more, plus edited a national radio current affairs programme and interviewed the Foreign Secretary on Election night, so I've seen many sides of the industry!
I bring practical knowledge of how to work, network and excel in a newsroom environment, plus industry insight into how to write copy worthy of publication and ask your interviewees the questions that get to the heart of the issue.
I want to help aspiring journalists refine their writing abilities so they can master the art of turning their research into a compelling story, using inventive language and spectacular grammar. I can also discuss contemporary political issues and critique your public speaking skills (I was the Debating Chair at my school and a Model United Nations fanatic!)
Online only, given coronavirus!
Freelance Broadcast Journalist – BBC
Radio 4: The World Tonight, The Today Programme, World at One, PM (December 2018 –August 2020)
- Pitching and researching global news stories; briefing presenters; writing scripts and interview questions
- Sourcing guests; building a diverse contact book; pre-interviewing guests and determining angles for stories
BBC 1: The Andrew Marr Show (July 2019 – January 2020) - Paper Review Producer
- Choosing the week’s major stories for veteran journalists to discuss, focusing on domestic political issues
BBC 2: Politics Live (September - October 2018)
- Researching and producing stories and guests for the BBC’s daily politics programme
- Developing on-screen material: ‘explainers’, clips and interactive tweets
Shout Out UK (August 2020 – December 2020)
- Short-term contract to help drum up support for the upcoming APPG on Political Literacy (Secretariat: Shout Out UK) by co-ordinating research and press relations, and recruiting over 15 parliamentarians and dozens of civil society organisations from the education and democracy-promotion spheres as Members
- Using accessible and humorous language to help young people understand politics, by writing articles, designing ad campaigns, and securing press coverage for events such as London Voter Registration Week as well as writing Opinion pieces in both Schools Week and The Independent and creating press releases and infographics
Current Affairs Producer
Love Sport Radio: The Kelvin Mackenzie Show (February - March 2020)
- Single-handedly producing Kelvin Mackenzie’s two-hour current affairs programme every weekday, demonstrating an extreme ability to work independently and handle both huge responsibility and time pressure whilst exercising news judgement and convincing high-profile guests to appear on the show e.g. Rory Stewart and Lord Adonis
ITN (November-December 2019)
- Investigative research on suicide among veterans with PTSD; scouring social media for potential case studies; maintaining the highest level of confidentiality and sensitivity for the duration of the project
The Office of John Howells MP, Portcullis House (October 2014)
- Undertook research, replied to routine correspondence, and attended Parliamentary debates and Select Committees
NCTJ Diploma in Journalism - Level 3 (Gold Standard)
Press Association (Part-time, September 2019 – July 2020)
- Essential Media Law (90%), Public Affairs (87%), Court Reporting (84%), Ethics (90%)
- 100 words per minute Shorthand, journalistic writing skills, production journalism and a portfolio
BA International Relations - First Class Honours
King’s College London (September 2016 – August 2019)
- Focused on development aid, global governance and war reporting
- Presenter and Broadcast Editor of weekly international current affairs radio show, IR On Air
- President, Vice President and Consultant at global pro-bono consultancy 180 Degrees Consulting
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