I have taught journalism to BA and master's students for several years at Bournemouth University and also at universities in Nepal, after around 15 years as a journalist and editor for various publications, covering crisis and conflict reporting as well as current events, politics and the media. I base my lessons on the requirements of students, from those looking to start out as journalists and bloggers to master's students wanting to discuss journalism in a global context. I set practical tasks for between lessons, when appropriate, such as setting up a blog and finding reports in the field, and produce my own tailor-made teaching materials where appropriate. I like teaching to be friendly, accessible and fun.
I am a journalist and editor with 15 years of experience internationally, and spent several years lecturing BA and MA journalism, communication and current events students at Bournemouth University. I have also taught students at several universities in Kathmandu. I have travelled the world covering news stories, from reporting the Indian election and the legacy of war in Vietnam in 2014, Nepal earthquake in 2015 and the refugee crisis in 2016, and much more. I have edited several websites, newspapers and magazines on various topics.
Basic drop-in sessions are as above. For lessons including bespoke educational materials, I charge £30/hour to cover preparation.
Editor, reporter, writer and lecturer. Specialist in international politics, conflict and crisis. Taught journalism in the UK and Nepal. Reported from the UK, Nepal, India, Vietnam, Palestine, Germany, France. MA Multimedia Journalism.
THE LENS POST, English edition
Editor (October 2017 – February 2018):
Commissioning, editing and writing for now-folded Middle East/North Africa news website.
Gained 10,000 Facebook followers in first two months of operation and optimised stories that attracted thousands of likes and shares.
Journalist (August 2014 – present):
Private Eye, Huffington Post, Rediff.com, Bookwitty, Azhimukham, CESRAN, Gate 37, Pilot TV News, Times Higher Education, RS21 and others. Found and pitched stories that I knew would be of interest to publications’ editors, attracting at times millions of readers.
Writer, editor, researcher (2007-present):
Bordered Lives, Hsiao-Hung Pai (reportage, 2018); India Elections 2014: First Reflections (chapter contributor and copy-editor, 2014); Material Girls: Women, Men and Work, Lindsey German (researcher, copy-editor, 2007); Sexism and the System, Judith Orr (researcher, copy-editor, 2007).
Quickly turned around each task with a high level of accuracy.
DYNAMIC VINES, London
Content writer (March 2017 – present):
Re-wrote entire website for wine import company. Required quickly learning about wine production and industry. Researched and produced around 1,000 words a day, helping company bring forward its website relaunch.
BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY, Media School
Lecturer (November 2015 – August 2017):
MA Media & Communication, BA Media & Communication, BA Communication.
Brought industry expertise to students, and led workshops and lectures that helped them achieve their target grades.
AFTERSHOCK NEPAL, Kathmandu
Editor, reporter (June 2015 – January 2017):
Trained and led team of journalists from Nepal, India and the UK to cover aftermath of 2015 earthquake for multimedia website. Attracted tens of thousands on social media, trained dozens of journalists and broke exclusive stories, some reprinted by major publications.
REDIFF.COM/PROJECT INDIA, Mumbai
Editor, reporter (March – May 2014):
Coverage of 2014 general election. Multimedia reports for leading Indian website, Rediff.com. Editor of Project India, a related journalism project. Broke major stories on Indian politics, with some stories attracting millions of readers. Later asked to submit freelance stories.
SOCIALIST WORKER, London
Online editor, reporter, sub-editor
(March 2011 – June 2012):
Relaunched website for UK’s largest left-wing weekly. Broke major stories from around the world.
Brought publication into the online age, attracting thousands of new readers.
SOCIALIST REVIEW, London
Assistant & online editor, writer
(January 2007 – March 2011):
Management of monthly magazine with 10,000+ circulation. Commissioning, layout, sub-editing, advertising and writing. Led changes to bring Socialist Review to a broader audience, with high-profile contributors and increased visibility in stockists.
LONDON STUDENT, London
Editor (July 2005 – August 2006):
General management of Europe’s largest student newspaper. Led team of more than 100 student journalists in elected role. 20,000+ circulation. Ran stories that entered national press, including exposés that led to change on issues such as arms investments and civil liberties in universities.
•Rustin Assassins (Vietnam, 2014).
Shortlist: Best TV Documentary, BJTC Awards 2014 &
Honourable mention: One World Media Awards 2014
•The Bet (UK, 2014).
•The Road to Gaza (Egypt/Gaza, 2009).
•Students Under Occupation (West Bank, 2004).
Education and training:
MA Multimedia Journalism (2013 – 2014): Course included media law; digital, investigative, data and broadcast journalism.
Hostile environment and conflict training (2014): Trained to report from hostile environments.
SALZBURG GLOBAL SEMINAR
Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change (2014): Developed projects for UNDP and studied media literacy.
CELTA (January 2017): Certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
• TEACHING: Including BA Media and Communication, MA Media and Communication,
BA Global Current Affairs and qualified to teach English as a foreign language.
• REPORTER: Investigations, interviews, data, conflict, court reporting, features.
• LANGUAGES: English (native), Turkish (basic).
• MULTIMEDIA: Video, audio, data visualisation.
• SOFTWARE: Photoshop, Premiere, Audition, Burli, Quark, InDesign, Office, ENPS.
• EDITOR: Commissioning, team management, legal, proof-reading, sub-editing, design, training.
• ONLINE: SEO, CMS, HTML, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo.
• ORGANISATION: Team player, management, self-management, friendly.
• RELIABLE: Always meets deadline with accurate, engaging and original copy.
• Politics and current events: Follows international news closely, especially in the UK and Middle East. Keeps close eye on what goes viral on social media.
• Literature: Reads books on politics, history and theory, also classic novels and science fiction. Writes fiction in spare time.
• Travel: Regularly travels the world for family, business and pleasure.
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