I am a Sports Video, Social Media and Online Journalist currently working for Sport360.com in Dubai.
I have a passion for digital media, social media and telling great stories in exciting ways using multimedia platforms.
The following details provide an insight into my journey in journalism so far:
2008 – Early journalism career
My passion and interest in the media started when I was involved with student radio at my sixth-form College. I presented, planned and prepared weekly radio shows, on top of gaining A2 levels in English, Media, Business and Physical Education.
I also obtained a City and Guilds Diploma in Level 3 Media Techniques (Radio and Print Journalism) and was named Media Student of the Year in 2008 at Itchen College.
2008 – 2011 – Journalism training
I worked firstly as a News Reporter for Winchester News Online before assuming the positions of both Investigative Reporter and Political Editor. In this time, I became the first journalist to report the live result of the Winchester Parliamentary seat during the 2010 General Election. I also covered student tuition fee demonstrations and broke numerous local government stories.
As part of my Bachelor of Arts Degree, I produced a 1st class thesis on the impact of the 2010 Televised Prime Ministerial Leaders Debates on the British electorate. I interviewed numerous political figures directly involved with the historic contests from BBC broadcaster David Dimbleby to the man who campaigned for the debates to start, the Head of Sky News, John Ryley.
My report on the coalition government’s decision to increase the cost of tuition fees earned my work a nomination for Short Form News Package of the Year at the 2011 Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) awards and I was part of the group documentary ‘Coastlines’ which was nominated at the prestigious NEU Online Festival – Federation of Art Universities and Art Schools across Europe.
I graduated from the University of Winchester in November 2011 with 1st Class Honours in Journalism.
2008 – 2011 – Journalism work experience throughout study period
Alongside my academic studies, I completed work experience positions across the media industry at institutions such as Sky News Online, Sky Sports News, ITN News, BBC South Today, Five News, The Times Newspaper, The Cricketer Magazine, FourFourTwo Magazine and Southampton Hospital Radio.
I also gained experience with several live television production teams at Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports Spanish Football and British Eurosport.
2011 – Journalism employment during studies
Throughout the 2010 and 2011 County Cricket seasons, I worked as a Media Assistant at Hampshire County Cricket Club where I was heavily involved with the club’s website and social media output, as well as playing a key role in preparing media content ahead of The Rose Bowl’s inaugural Test match between England and Sri Lanka.
In November 2011 (and December 2012), I worked as a reporter for LawSports during the AEGON Masters Tennis Tournament and Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, where I produced content for the ATP Champions Tour and conducted interviews with some of the biggest names in tennis.
2011 – Post-studies and employment in the industry
Immediately after leaving from University, I spent around one year working as a reporter for Podium – the Further and Higher Education Unit for the London 2012 Games, a division of London 2012, covering the intense build-up to the Games, before working at the Olympic and Paralympic events in Stratford.
I then joined ITV News and worked on both the news desk and website team for 18 months, combining these roles with numerous other freelance ventures, most notably at the Daily Mail Online, where I was an integral part of the news and sports video teams.
From August 2012 to December 2013 I freelanced for many organisations, developed a solid contacts book and had so many fantastic experiences. I was very lucky to achieve a number of my career ambitions during the early stages of my career, but I decided to take the next step and commit myself to sports reporting (and video journalist work) on a day-to-day basis again.
As part of this, I also started working for the ECB as the England Cricket team’s video and social media journalist in June 2014, covering England’s memorable summer Test series against India, England’s 2015 World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand and the Test Series tour to the Caribbean.
Sport is my journalistic passion and I have been able to establish key contacts throughout the industry, enabling me to complete interviews with many recognisable names.
I have interviewed stars including Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Ryan Giggs, Alan Shearer, Ronald Koeman, Jose Mourinho, Steven Gerrard, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Sir Ian Botham, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Sir Steve Redgrave, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Lord Sebastian Coe, Jonathan Edwards and Shahid Afridi to name only a handful of athletes, while I have secured exclusive interviews with politicians ranging from the former Business Secretary Vince Cable to Lord Jeffrey Archer, as well as ex-Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and one-time Labour leader Ed Miliband. I have also conducted interviews with television personalities such as Piers Morgan, Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Katie Price, Sir Richard Branson, Chris Evans, Alan Titchmarsh and Kirsty Gallacher, among many others.
All of these interviews can be found on my website – use the search bar at the base of the page or headed links.
Please visit the Latest News section of my website to stay up to date with my most recent work, interviews, video and broadcast content.