About

Hello, I’m Chris, and welcome to my website.

You’ll find my journalism-cum-writing portfolio here, as well as occasional ramblings about the media and quirky finds on the blog.

Education

I’m a freelance online journalist and writer, having obtained the MA in Web Journalism (Merit) from the University of Sheffield.

During the MA, I learnt how to use SEO, analytics and social media as a journalistic tool, publish websites and multimedia material, and how to “web up” news content.

Most importantly, I learnt that writing for the web is ALWAYS about the audience and making sure that they get the best possible online experience; it’s NEVER about me.

For my MA, I also studied modules in media law, researching news, journalism ethics, public affairs and media audiences.

Furthermore, I participated in news days for JUS News (which included coverage of the local elections in Sheffield) where I performed a series of roles including co-website editor, sub-editor, reporter, sports editor, transcriber, and social media editor.

Also, for my dissertation, I solely produced a “mock” hyperlocal news website, which had a distinctively aspirational and positive look at life in Rotherham.

Experience

I am also a strong features writer and, since 2009, I have edited the Obscure Music & Football blog, which has been recommended by The Guardian and achieved over 70,000 website hits.

Additionally, I have written about retro and sports culture, video games, children’s television, LGBT issues and cover versions.

And, as I realise that audience engagement on social media requires more than merely retweeting replies, I have gained over 2,000 followers on Twitter.

Moreover, my current projects for 2014 are writing a book about the UK Singles Chart and producing a corporate video for a local charity.

In addition, my work has been published by the likes of Magic Spongers, Twisted Blood, Two Footed Tackle and War of the Monster Trucks – as well as the ‘IBWM: The First Two Years’ book.

I have also undertaken work experience placements at Champions Matchday, Garnett Dickinson Group Barnsley Chronicle and Age UK.

Interests

Since July 2008, I have volunteered as a treasurer and trustee for a local transport charity.

I also enjoy fencing, listening to Saint Etienne, watching Studio Ghibli films, pottering around charity shops and reminiscing about Pavel Srníček’s spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

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