Hello, and welcome to my profile, my name is Destiny and I'm currently in my third year due to graduate in July 2019. I am creative, determined and a passionate individual aiming to pursue a career within the field of journalism.
During my time at University, I have attained an array of skills that have allowed me to create and produce my own content including print and videography. I have also developed my skills in team building in the first and second year to create TV shows and news broadcasts.
I have gained work experience in journalism, social media and marketing, including Desiblitz, ITV, BirminghamEastside, Anitox and Whisper PR. All of which has given me skills and helped me develop as a journalist, preparing myself for full-time work after graduating.
I am also passionate about photography, having started university with no experience as a photographer or no idea of how to use a DSLR camera, I have gained so much knowledge and now use my Canon 750D confidently for both photography and videography. My editing skills have also progressed, I created both a print and video lookbook for my third-year visual design and was happy with the results despite having no experience in video editing prior to the module.
After building up a good contact book following my work experience whilst studying at university I have connections with companies ranging from local PR companies to content editor at ITV Birmingham, all of which have given me guidance of how to find the right job for me and also what that job entails. I am confident that the skills I have attained both at university and work experience will undoubtedly help me pursue a career within journalism. I will start by searching online at job adverts specifically tailored to graduate journalists and over the three years of studying I have built an array of content for my portfolio to show to a potential employer.
For my final year project I have created a beauty and lifestyle blog aimed at beauty fanatics, with all of the latest tips and makeup hacks, as well as reviews of makeup products. The blog is called Destiny, I decided to name it after myself to give it a personal touch so that viewers could see my content as authentic and honest. I also wanted to replicate industry standard and most blogs are named after the blogger. At first, my blog included an array of content including fashion, beauty, lifestyle and travel. So I decided to make the content more beauty-focused with lifestyle as a second category so that I could publish any non-beauty related content there.
Currently in my third year of Media and Communications at Birmingham City University, I am due to graduate in the summer of 2019. Throughout my university career I have specialized in journalism and found a passion for photography.
I am looking forward to advancing my professional career in the media once I graduate. Specializing in music journalism, I have furthered my skills in review and feature articles throughout my university career. As well as furthering my passion for editorial and commercial photography. My other modules have included broadcast journalism and events this is something I am keen to continue to pursue after university.
For my final project, I have created Second City. A blog review style business targeting the teenage indie market in Birmingham. This will help them find new and upcoming places to hang out. This has combined my love of writing and photography into one personal space, as well as giving something back to the community.
Welcome to my online portfolio. Here you will find my video portfolio, links to my social media and my CV.
Over my three years at university, I have developed an advanced skillset across multiple media departments as well as a strong passion for journalism. I have used my graphic design skills to design and build a full stage set for a live TV show, redesigned and rebranded several companies and written a variety of journalistic content for numerous outlets.
My most notable success throughout my three years at university was gaining the confidence to pitch my news stories to professional publications. As a result of this, I have had several news stories published in the Birmingham Live, The Phoenix Newspaper and the Aston Villa Ladies Football Club newsletter, as shown in the video above.
I have gained valuable work experience at digital marketing agency, Milton Bayer, where I learnt to apply my media skills and knowledge in a professional work environment. I learnt how to effectively organize work, deal with clients and produce quality content for a variety of websites.
For my final year project, I have created a magazine called Creative Spark about creatives, for creatives. The annual magazine’s primary purpose is to inspire and provide a fresh outlook and to help with creative block. This project showcases several of my media abilities such as, graphic design, photography and journalism as well as helping me to further develop my professional organization and financial management skills. If you would like to receive a digital copy of my magazine after the release date (May 18th 2019), please contact me via email. Print copies are also available to purchase.
I love to dance and I’m part of the dance society committee where I run the social media pages and help with the overall running of the society. We have been incredibly successful, placing 2nd in both competitions we have completed this academic year.
I’m an aspiring journalist and in the future, I endeavour to continue to develop my skills, learn and experience new aspects of the media industry as well as continue to develop my magazine.
Driven, creative and persistent are all words I would use to describe myself. I am a self-motivated individual with an advanced skillset across several media departments including journalism, television, radio and PR.
During my three years at university I have gained a huge amount of knowledge about the media industry as well as being able to create my own content including hundreds of news article across a variety of different formats both broadcast and print. I have also worked as part of a team in both second and third year to create live and pre-recorded television and radio shows.
I have gained work experience in journalism, TV, radio and PR to mention a few companies: BBC Look East, Birmingham Mail, Markettiers, Aira, Eastern Daily Press and London Northwestern Railway. Alongside work experience I have worked as a freelance journalist for three years and gain coverage of my own stories across several different online newspapers including Press Gazette, Birmingham Mail / Live, Eastern Daily Press and the Northampton Chronicle & Echo. I worked as a Broadcast Assistant for BBC Radio Northampton during the summer of 2018 which allowed me to learn and develop as an industry professional whilst getting paid to do so!
I am passionate about data, which is something I only learnt in my final year of studying, and I have learn how to use data in a variety of different ways in order to develop news worthy, accurate content as well as developing PR campaigns based on different data sets.
For my final year project I have created a news website that is targeted towards commuters. The website is called Interurban News and covers a range of topics including travel, entertainment, food, technology, crime and more. I wanted to create a news website that was different to anything else out there, so by making my content really specific, to a commuting audience, I was able to create something unique and informative.
As a hobby I like to create travel videos of where I have been around the world. I use industry standard equipment such as GoPro and the DJI Mavic drone as well as using iMovie to edit which allows me to showcase my editing and filming skills. Check out my latest travel videos on my youtube channel!
The digital world and the influence that the mass media has on its readers is something that fascinates me and drives my passion for writing. With a range of experience in the media industry from journalism, marketing and social media, the utilisation of these platforms and the impact it can have on society is something I aspire to continue to be part of.
I'm a dedicated individual who enjoys taking on new tasks and stepping out of my comfort zone. With excellent attention to detail, I'm flexible in my writing skills to vary the content I produce to target different audiences by researching their needs.
When creating articles, I enjoy writing soft news and lifestyle articles. My style of writing is youthful and modern, I explore a range of topics with a unique perspective, using a young tone of voice for readers to relate to in our new digital journalism era.
For my final year project, I created a digital lifestyle magazine 'INSYNC-MK' which covers news and events in the Milton Keynes area. You can find a link to the website, as well as my full portfolio and social media accounts to the right of my page.
In my spare time, I enjoy taking additional time to write for my own platforms and freelance work, as well as exploring new places and cultures as I have a strong love to travel.
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COURSE: Blog Journalism Journalism MA MA Media & Communication Media & Communication Media Production Media Production Music Industries Music Industries PR & Media PR & Media
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