About

headshotI’m an award winning journalist and editor based in Glasgow, currently working as a senior researcher with BBC Question Time. For TV credits and technical skills and qualifications, you can read my Talent Manager profile.

This site contains a portfolio of work stretching back over a decade including reports, features, opinion columns, arts reviews, video documentaries, podcasts and more. My specialisms and interests have included Scottish and UK politics, grassroots activism, youth cultures, social movements, underground music and hip hop culture.

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

An experienced arts/culture writer and editor, I provided regular cover as Entertainments Editor for Edinburgh Evening News in 2017. Two years earlier, I launched The National newspaper’s music section and compiled it for 40 issues. I’ve written music features and reviews for the likes of Vice, The Skinny, 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 (2017-19) and the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (2016-19).

Most notably, I’m a specialist on Scottish hip hop and host the blog Hip Hop Scotland. I previously ran 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’ve produced video blogs and short documentaries for BBC Scotland‘s online ‘The Social‘ project.

I’ve also covered Scottish politics in depth and have been published by Huffington Post, Bella Caledonia, Red Pepper, Scottish Left Review, CommonSpace and others. In addition to my freelance work, I founded Conter, a Scotland-focused site for commentary and activism in 2017 before leaving the role at the end of 2018. The role involved working alongside writers, academics and activists from across different parties and organisations.

On top of journalism and production work, I have experience in transcription, comms and PR work and have worked with several clients on a freelance basis. I’ve also hosted several panel discussions related to politics and culture and appeared myself as a contributor or panelist.

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)

OTHER ROLES

  • Scottish Trade Union Congress – NUJ Rep on Youth Committee 2019-20
  • National Union of Journalists (Glasgow Branch) – Membership Secretary 2019

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