resized jonnyI’m an award winning freelance journalist based in Glasgow. On this portfolio, you’ll find reports, features, opinion columns, arts reviews, video documentaries, podcasts and more.

My news stories have been published by The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News, Sunday Herald, the Scotland on Sunday and elsewhere.

I’m an experienced arts and culture writer and editor. As well as writing features for the likes of The Skinny, Clash and Stereoboard, I co-launched The National newspaper’s music section in 2015.  My work in this area has led to media guest spots and invitations to judging/nominator panels for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award and the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs).

Most notably, I’m a specialist on Scottish hip hop and have run Scotland Stand Up, the scene’s leading reviews blog and podcast, for several years. In 2017, I edited, produced and designed Urban Scot, the first ever bespoke magazine for Scottish hip hop music and culture. As well as writing regular features on the genre, I produce video blogs and short documentaries for BBC Scotland’s online ‘The Social‘ project.

I also write regularly on Scottish left wing politics and have been published by Huffington Post, Bella Caledonia, Red Pepper, CommonSpace and others. In addition to my freelance work, I edit Conter, a cross-party platform designed for and by Scottish socialists, on a part time basis. The site’s editorial board includes supporters of RISE, Labour, the Scottish Socialist Party, the Scottish Greens and others.

On top of journalism work, I’m experienced in transcription and PR and have worked with several clients on a freelance basis. If you are interested in working together, please use one of the emails below.


  • Winner – Scottish Student Journalist of the Year 2017
  • Winner – Best Feature – Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2017
  • Nominated – Best Arts/Entertainment Story – Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2017
  • Nominated – Best Factual Documentary – RTS Scotland Student Awards 2016


  • MA Multimedia Journalism (Merit)
  • NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism – trained in shorthand, production, media law, ethics and public affairs.
  • BA English & Film and Media – First Class (Hons)