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I’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 specialisms and interests include youth cultures, grassroots activism, left wing politics and local hip hop.

I have had front page exclusive stories published by The Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News. I also have bylines with The i Paper, The National, Scotland on Sunday, Sunday Herald, The Oban Times and others.

I’m an experienced arts and culture writer and editor. I provide regular cover as Entertainments Editor for Edinburgh Evening News and in 2015 launched and co-edited The National newspaper’s music section in 2015 for 40 issues. I’ve written music features and reviews over the course of eight years for the likes of The Skinny, Noisey, Clash and Stereoboard. 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 (2017-18) and the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (2016-18).

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 have experience in transcription and PR and work with several clients on a freelance basis. If you are interested in working together or commissioning me for a piece, please use one of the emails below.

AWARDS

  • Winner – NUJ Ian Bell Memorial Award for 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

QUALIFICATIONS

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

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