An MA Newspaper Journalism graduate of City University, sub-editor and freelance journalist. I am a motivated, creative and passionate person with experience in traditional and digital media, a sharp eye for detail and fluency across social media platforms.

Livingetc, sub-editor and freelance contributor                                                    September 2013 – present

  • Tasks include: producing clean, compelling copy under pressure; writing eye-catching heads and sells; using InDesign and CMS, contributing to audience driven blog posts and publicity via social media; representing the magazine at press events
  • Undertook extra, freelance work outside sub-editing remit, including London Day Trip and Inspiration Gallery features

Planet Ivy, contributor                                                                                                   September 2013 – present

  • Writing SEO-friendly, list-based articles as well as in-depth features

Church Times (work experience)                                                                            April 2013

  • Writing content for print and online, including a co-authored Thatcher and religion splash, conducted research

Hackney Post (work experience)                                                                               January – March 2013

  • Business editor – sourced, wrote and delegated business stories and features, sub-edited copy, created layout on InDesign
  • Feature writer – including an experience feature on supper clubs and an investigation into architecture in Hackney
  • Supplement editor – created a supplement with a three-person team, conducted interviews, compiled listings, vox pops
  • Reporter – sourced and wrote original news and business stories.

New Statesman (work experience)                                                                       January 2013

  • Pitching and writing stories for newstatesman.com, writing regular features (e.g. Reviews Round-up) and updating the culture diary, uploaded articles to the website via CMS (found pictures, links, etc.)

Garstang Courier and Longridge News (work experience)                              17-21 December 2012

  • Pitching hyper-local news stories including a FOI, an original, front cover story and the weekly comment piece

Southwark News  (work experience)                                                                       10 -14 December 2012

  • Pitching and writing news stories, conducting vox-pops and following local campaigns

South London Press (work experience)                                                                  18 – 22 June 2012

  • Reporting independently, interviewing, writing short news pieces, answering phones

North London and Herts Newspapers (work experience)                              4-15 June 2012

  • Reporting independently, interviewing (in person and on the phone), writing news and short feature pieces, using InDesign 

SE1 Community Website (work experience)                                                         Casual contributions

  • Independently reporting local events and interviewing to people around Southwark. Interviewed Kelly Holmes

Garstang Courier and Longridge News (work experience)                             August 2011, 25-29 June 2012

  • Independently writing, researching and interviewing for hyper-local stories as well as the ‘What’s On’ Guide, event listings, NIBs and press releases. Using Quark to layout pages

Mouth London, Culture Editor/ Designer     October 2010– Present

  • Working as part of a team to produce ideas, themes and features for the quarterly magazine. Produced and edited online content – mainly event and film reviews, calendars and cultural debates

 London Student Newspaper, contributor                         September 2009 – Present

  • Writing articles based on current affairs, food and fashion

HerUni.com, contributor    July 2011 – Present

  • Writing reviews of exhibitions, awards and events across London



Newspaper Journalism MA, City University, London                Sept 2012 – July 2013                             Distinction

  • Covers core journalistic skills: Teeline shorthand (100wpm), news reporting, feature writing, interviewing, media law, public administration, ethics, Freedom of Information, InDesign, interactive journalism, social media. Specialised in home affairs.
  • Ran a blog forum for immigrant communities in London: London Migrant Hub (including data journalism, live blogging, audio, video editing and engaging with social media) londonmigranthub.wordpress.com
  • Hackney Post business editor and supplement editor.

History BA,  King’s College London                             Sept 2009 – June 2012                       Upper Second Class, 2:1

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School                                 Sept 2002 – June 2009

  • A-Levels: 4As (History, English Literature, Fine Art, General Studies); AS-levels: 1B (Biology); Betty Glover Award for A-level studies in Art; AQA Baccalaureate: Distinction; GCSEs: 7A*, 3As (including English, Maths and Science)

Full driving licence, August 2009 – present, no points.

REFERENCES: Available on request



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Rae Boocock, 24. An aspiring journalist. Loves: interviewing, writing, reporting, reading, current affairs, culture, travel, food and feminism.

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