Curriculum Vitae

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Professional info

Gemma Harris

Mobile: 07557785882

Email: gk.harris11@gmail.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/gemma-harris-95848086

Full Clean Driving Licence

A highly motivated individual and reliable journalist seeking a position within an editorial team.

Journalism Skills
  • Editorial

  • Multimedia

  • CMS & SEO

  • Adobe - Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator

  • Media Law

  • Time management

  • 80wpm Teeline Shorthand

Relevant Employment
Freelance Journalist

October 2015 - present

 

  • My work has been published by the following publications: OK! Magazine, In The Moment Magazine, Fused magazine, Sixtynine Degrees, BCU’s Aspire magazine and Cornfield magazine, Solihull News, Birmingham Mail, Redditch Standard and Birmingham Eastside. (See Freelance Journalism page and LinkedIn)

Editorial assistant | PaperCrafter Magazine

  • A demanding role requiring strong organisational skills. Alongside the editor and deputy editor, I oversaw content through all stages of production from writing and proofreading to attending photo shoots and liaising with designers. By managing their Facebook and Twitter, I initiated engagement strategies.

General news reporter | Birmingham Mail & Solihull News

3rd - 7th July 2017 &  1st - 5th June, 10th - 14th August 2015​

 

  • Initiated and researched news leads, identified and interviewed sources, wrote stories from press releases and original information and visited court. Solihull News published my work on several occasions.

Education
Cardiff University
MA Magazine Journalism (PPA Accredited)

​2017 - Present

 

Three key university modules:

 

  • Advanced Features: I have produced a range of articles from a business feature to a persoanl experience piece targetted for specific publications. The research process allowed me to develop my professional rapport while I also enhanced my skills to tailor my content to particular titles and audiences.

  • Magazine Production: I developed and expressed my self-identity and creative flair while learning the processes of graphic design and the magazine profession. I worked individually and in a group, using InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, to produce two volumes of Go With Me magazine to fortnightly deadlines. I enjoy creating these elements so other people can experience something unique.

  • Media Law & Ethics: This module enabled me to explore and respond to contemporary journalism issues. During Media Law, I considered and applied the ethics and legalities of reporting. 

 

 

Birmingham City University 
BA (Hons) Media & Communication

​2013 - 2016

  • Awarded degree classification: first

Other Achievements/Interests
  • Shortlisted for The BBC Worldwide Outstanding Consumer Journalist 2018 award

  • I have written a series of articles exploring the importance of gut health for overall well-being. I aspire to specialise in health & well-being journalism.

  • I have launched a prototype of an independent art & cultural magazine called The Fresh Palette from my enjoyment of reading and writing about art & cultural news.

  • I have written my dissertation questioning 'How does the BBC's use of social media impact audience perceptions of their news reporting?'

  • I have volunteered and participated in organising events such as Compass Jobs Fair, ‘MADwDATA’ and ‘About Town’. I have also hosted a music launch night and an academic exhibition with my peers.

  • I have a basic understanding of Spanish.