Harriet McCulley

COURSE:
Journalism

Personal statement

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!

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