My interest in journalism initially began with English literature. I was captivated by the power a writer possesses and the emotions they could evoke with a plethora of literary devices.
A writer’s meaning can be interpreted in many ways. Although there is a shared response, the beauty of literature comes with divulges made by each individual reader.
As a naturally inquisitive individual and an enthusiastic writer, journalism seemed like an appropriate occupation. I wanted to know more about journalism and began writing for several local publications including Hackney Today and Contrast, a magazine aimed at young people in Hackney three years ago. My writing was later recongnised enabling me to do placements with several media, music and arts agencies including Urban development,Rising Tide, Freeform and Headliners.
I have continued to develop my portfolio and recently became a freelance writer for several online publications including Red bull reporter, Richmix, Updown, British libary: food stories, Groupthing, Live East and Overground online. My direct experience has taught me the importance of deadlines, confidence and the significance of appealing to a reader.
In addition to writing, I have also diversified into radio, presenting, events management and film. In terms of radio, I was producer for an online radio show in Shoreditch which discussed issues relevant to young people. As producer I was in charge of the daily program and arranging interviews. I have also featured on a BBC World Service radio show discussing the effects social media has on society particularly young people. Within events management, I am currently working with a social enterprise company called Mind the Gap which promotes British homegrown music monthly in White chapel. My role entails finding artists, creating press releases and promoting each night. In 2009, I was selected to be an interviewee for the Barnardo’s Teen speech which was broadcasted on the MySpace homepage.