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Hayley Simpson

hayley.simpson@hotmail.com Mobile: 07578289986


I am a confident and creative journalism undergraduate with experience and knowledge of the industry, keen to take on the challenge and rewards of working in an editorial environment. Education and Qualifications 2009current Kingston University BA (Hons) Journalism y Features editor/contributor on the Guardian Media award-winning publication The River y Capable and efficient news writer with a strong eye for a story y Strong feature writer with the ability to consistently pitch new and varied ideas y Excellent research skills y Friendly, yet professional interview skills y Developed strong newspaper and magazine layout skills and became a competent user of Adobe In-Design and Photoshop City & Islington Sixth Form College A Levels English Literature A, Religious Education (incl. Philosophy) B, Politics C Shoreham College, Brighton GCSEs 4 As, 1 B, 4 Cs

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Journalism Work Experience January 2011 Mail on Sunday Features, work experience y Research and collating information for features y Transcribing interviews y Brainstorming feature ideas Features editor for the Kingston University newspaper The River y Pitched new and creative feature ideas and delegated work among The Rivers team of journalists y Responsible for decisions over layout and content for the features section of the newspaper y Worked with my team to produce an interesting, attractive and thoroughly readable section each issue River newspaper reporter y Wrote comment, news, reviews and feature articles y Used Adobe In-Design for newspaper layout y Collated local listings in Kingston for students in an online weekly guide y Attended and reviewed events for riveronline.co.uk listings blog y Worked in the newsroom to meet print and online deadlines under pressure Editor of AltBride magazine y As part of a university project I edited a one-off alternative bridal publication with a small group of Kingston University students y In charge of developing the concept, ethos and visual design as well as

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commissioning content, sub-editing and contributing articles and interviews Assistant/Contributor for The Independent journalist Kate Burt y Wrote articles and contributed on Kates interiors blog: Your Home Is Lovely http://yourhomeislovely.blogspot.com/ y Researched weekly posts Absolute Brighton magazine, work experience http://www.absolutemagazine.co.uk/ y Two week work placement y Used design software y Researched and wrote their whats on page

Current Employment From 2008 The Breakfast Club, Angel y An extremely popular chain of cafes. Famous for its weekend queues, quirky atmosphere and celebrity fans y Worked at festivals in summer 2011 in our pop up restaurant y Trusted and reliable, became the youngest member of staff to be promoted to Supervisor

Interests y In February 2012 I reached the final audition stage of ITV2 and Bauer Medias new TV series for budding journalists The Exclusives. From 5000 applicants I made it to the final 20 which I have realised was a huge achievement. Despite not making it on to the further stages, the experience has made me even more determined and interested in TV and broadcasting, something I hope to pursue in the future. Interiors and collecting vintage furniture- My bedroom appeared in a feature on student bedrooms in The Independent. Keeping up to date with current affairs through newspapers, magazines, radio and Twitter. I also following a wide variety of blogs. Music- I enjoy keeping up with new bands and going to gigs and festivals. Travelling- I was born and lived in Hong Kong, which has given me an appreciation for the wider world and exploring new and different cultures. This summer I hope to complete a TEFL course and work in Thailand teaching school children English.

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