CV

Tim Birkbeck

Mobile: 07807 787 098

Email: tbirkbeck@hotmail.com

Personal statement
I am a driven, hardworking, creative individual who has a real passion for writing. I have a flair for writing fresh, engaging and entertaining copy to any brief as well as creating unique content for online outlets. I am comfortable working to strict deadlines and believe I can work effectively both in a team and on my own.

Summary of skills 

⦁ Hands-on, field-based experience in journalism

⦁ 80wpm in shorthand working towards 100wpm

⦁ Flair for obtaining and creating stories from original sources⦁ Proven ability to research, plan and structure articles to a strict deadline

⦁ Panache for conducting interviews for feature length articles⦁ Meticulous in extracting the most relevant points within a specific story, proving attentiveness to details

⦁ Frequently use social network sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to engage with a wider audience

⦁ Flexible and adaptable, eager to build on skills as well as learn new ones

⦁ Proficient and confident in the Microsoft packages, Office applications, InDesign, Audacity, Windows Moviemaker,  e-mail and Internet

⦁ A full clean driving licence

⦁ NCTJ qualified

Employment 

The Basingstoke Gazette, reporter – October 2015 – present day

Vulture Hound Magazine, Freelance feature writer – November 2016 – present day

Steel Chair Magazine, Freelance feature writer – November 2016 – present day

Down For Life Magazine, Freelance feature writer – October 2016 – present day

The News, Freelance community reporter – June 2015 – October 2015

The News, sports desk – August 2013 – October 2015(part-time)

Salisbury Journal, Sports Desk – July 2014 – September 2014 (full-time)

Education

NCTJ Journalism diploma at Highbury CollegeJournalism & English Language BA (Hons) Degree Second Classnine GCSEs A-C and three A-Levels B-C

Experience 

In order to pursue my career in journalism, I have undertaken a variety of unpaid internships including:

 ⦁ 10 months experience at The News, Portsmouth, writing for Sports, feature and news

⦁ News and sports writer for the Salisbury Journal.

⦁ Pundit and co-host on grassroots football show on Express FM⦁ Sports writer for the Surrey Comet

⦁ Press officer for Earache Records

⦁ Feature writer and reviewer for music magazine Big Cheese

Additional Interests include: ⦁ Football (unfortunately I am a Pompey fan!), tennis, wrestling and music.⦁ In my spare-time I host a music / wrestling based podcast called Just an Insight.⦁ I also enjoy travelling around the country, and enjoy driving to new cities.

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