I’m a journalist, editor and media researcher based in Glasgow. As of 2019, I’m working a media research job with the BBC and not currently taking on any additional work, but you can read my blog on Medium.
This site contains a portfolio of various work stretching back over eight years including reports, features, opinion columns, arts reviews, video documentaries, podcasts and more. My specialisms and interests include youth cultures, grassroots activism and local hip hop.
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 (2017-18) and the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (2016-18).
Most notably, I’m a specialist on Scottish hip hop and ran Scotland Stand Up, the scene’s leading reviews blog and podcast, for five 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’m currently developing a new Scottish hip hop podcast in my spare time.
I’ve also written regularly on Scottish politics 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 cross-party site for Scottish left wingers in 2017 before passing on the role for the start of 2019. The role involved working alongside writers, academics and activists from across different parties and organisations.
On top of journalism work, I have experience in transcription, comms and PR work and have worked with several clients on a freelance basis.
- 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
- 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)