JOURNALIST | BROADCASTER | PRODUCER
Emily is a self motivated Multimedia Journalist, Video Maker, Radio Presenter and Producer specialising in social media, music and arts journalism, working across radio, TV and online.
After successfully pitching a fresh idea for the Guardian’s Northerner blog Emily now writes the popular weekly column New Band Up North, which is published on guardian.co.uk every Monday. It highlights one new and emerging Northerner act each week she thinks people should note. This involves extensive research, interviewing a band every week and constantly listening to new music. On average the Northerner blog attracts 344,910 views per month. Emily also freelances for the Guardian’s Multimedia department.
Music Journalist at the Guardian Northerner (June 2012 – Present)
Write weekly column, New Band Up North, for the Guardian’s Northerner blog. Responsible for discovering new acts across the North of England and showcasing them to an international audience online. (Content here: http://tinyurl.com/bnfzj7z)
This involves interviewing one band a week, attending gigs, writing and producing extensive multimedia features on each act and constantly discovering new and unheard music.
Showcasing Northern music each week after successfully pitching the idea to the Northern Editor.
Having the initiative to develop and launch the Guardian Northerner‘s first podcast celebrating the column’s first 20 acts. This was featured on the front page of Guardian Music. (Listen here: http://tinyurl.com/btv5glu)
Intern at Guardian Music, London (June 2012)
Responsible for producing daily content, writing blogs, creating interactive festival previews and engaging with readers through ‘Open thread’, ‘Write for us about’ and ‘Readers’ panel’ and updating Guardian Music Tumblr and Twitter feed @GuardianMusic (250,000+ followers). Assisted on the production of live video session with the band Saint Etienne for the Guardian’s How I Wrote series and edited Music Weekly podcast including an interview with Jessie Ware.
Floor Manager for Guardian Multimedia (Aug 2012)
Emily worked as Floor Manager at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (MGEITF) to produce ‘The five minute interview from the Edinburgh Television Festival’ and daily editions of the Media Talk podcast. (Content here: http://tinyurl.com/9g8hp9l)
Responsible for timing each broadcast, communicating with the gallery and presenter throughout live recording, editing audio and video content using Final Cut Pro and Cubase, scheduling video interviews with actors, channel controllers and media experts including Victoria Wood, Charlie Brooker and Danny Cohen.
BBC Radio Sheffield
Freelance Video Producer, Editor, Shooter, Sheffield (March 2013 – Present)
Headhunted by BBC Introducing in Sheffield to produce video sessions with upcoming bands. Responsible for: directing musicians, working effectively with a small production team, setting up lighting and cameras, filming, editing using Final Cut Pro and uploading and tagging for publication on YouTube. (First session here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIvvgboNo9A)
Broadcast Music Journalist at BBC 6Music, Salford (April 2013 – Present)
Have broadcast and will be covering Music News shifts on BBC 6Music’s Radcliffe and Maconie show. Responsible for reading, sourcing, compiling, scripting and broadcasting the Music News. Ensure the most up-to-date, accurate and entertaining information is shared with listeners. Produce radio packages, interviewing contributors and sourcing stories on album updates, industry gossip and music trends. Also worked for Weekend Breakfast with Mary Anne Hobbs on Record Store Day quickly gathering and editing content on location for the live show. (20/04/13)
Capital FM Manchester
Broadcast Journalist at Capital FM Manchester (April 2013)
Solely responsible for generating news stories for Capital FM Manchester by going out on location if news is breaking, setting up interviews and turning news wires into engaging stories for the hourly bulletins.
Real | Real XS | Smooth Radio
Broadcast Journalist at Real, Real XS and Smooth Radio (April 2012 – Present)
Reporting on news stories across the North West of England. Responsible for sourcing and interviewing contributors for hourly news bulletins across Real, Real XS and Smooth Radio, on issues relevant to the audience. This involves travelling by car across the North West reporting from location, outside court and reacting to breaking news.
Video maker and Gig Correspondent (July 2012 – Present)
Emily produced videos sessions for Amazing Radio with new and emerging bands at Sheffield’s Tramlines Music Festival last summer. These were self-shot using DSLR camera, recorded the sound with a Zoom H1 recorder and edited the videos using Final Cut Pro X. As well as filming she interviewed bands for Amazing Radio’s daily output while at the festival and made radio packages for their feature ‘Spotlight On’. These included: AlunaGeorge, Let’s Buy Happiness, Arkham Karvers and The Crookes. This has led to becoming a Gig Correspondent on Amazing Afternoons with Greg Porter on Amazing Radio. Emily interviewed new synthpop band CHVRCHES and reviewed their gig live on the air.
Alex Johnson live in session for Amazing Radio performing ‘Birds and Bees’
The Crookes live in session at Tramlines Festival performing ‘American Girls’
AWR strategic communications
Assistant Producer at AWR (Oct 2011 – Present)
Community Radio Producer and Presenter at Sheffield Live! 93.2fm (July 2009 – Present)
Emily is responsible for launching new music radio show Mixtape on Community Radio station Sheffield Live! alongside Olivia Taylor. For 4 years they have passionately showcased new and emerging music from across South Yorkshire. Emily is in charge of compiling and selecting the playlists, scheduling guests and musicians, making pre-recorded packages as well as arranging and filming live studio sessions.
For the show Emily has interviewed Reverend and The Makers’ frontman Jon McClure and newpop band The Crookes, as well pioneering new acts on the air including Wet Nuns, Low Duo, See Emily Play, BLESSA, Arkham Karvers and many more. The show has a strong online presence across Mixcloud, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Emily is currently working on a podcast version of the show.
Jus News at The University of Sheffield
Multimedia Journalist (September 2011 – September 2012)
Emily has achieved an MA in Broadcast Journalism and has gained the essential skills to work across all media to a high industry standard. She developed the skill to produce, shoot, script, edit and report for TV, radio and online and held a number of roles including News Editor, Bulletins Editor, Web Editor and Reporter for JUS News. Emily produced radio, TV and online packages including Audio Slideshows during newsdays and a production week. She also developed social media skills to gather, share and break news especially after being taught by Neal Mann (@fieldproducer). With others Emily created a local Twitter news service for the area called @SheffBreaking. During the year she worked on exclusive stories and broadcast live during the local elections, produced multimedia content on jusnews.net combining short web videos, with live blogs and audio content.
Researcher at the Emmy and RTS award winning film and documentary unit of The Guardian Newspaper and guardian.co.uk, Guardian Films. Worked on the following stories: phone hacking, Somalia and the UK cuts. Assisted with the development and commissioning of documentaries.
Nine Lives Media
Runner at award winning production company. Specialist in Broadcast Journalism and human nature documentaries such as the ‘Small Teen Big World’ series on BBC Three.
ITV Granada Reports
Worked in the newsroom as an assistant and wrote accompanying articles to the videos on the ITV website.
The Social Networking Academy
Video Marketer for The Social Networking Academy, which coaches small businesses on how to grow their brands online. I was solely responsible for the production of weekly web TV show, ‘SNAtv’, which introduced viewers to new social media tools, updates and news.
BBC Step Up Scheme
After going through a competitive application process against hundreds, Emily became one of 15 selected to complete the first BBC Step Up Scheme at BBC Manchester. This intensive, training scheme at the BBC provided training from the College of Journalism was over a 10 week period. Emily successfully pitched a story to the Board of Editors for Radio, TV and Online for the brief ‘Untold stories of Salford’. The story focused on the iconic blue cranes that stand at Salford Quays, which were set to be moved or scrapped altogether.
The success of her Step Up experience led Emily to becoming a Casual Broadcast Assistant for News at BBC Radio Manchester before going to University to complete my MA in Broadcast Journalism.
KEY SOFTWARE & IT SKILLS
- Microsoft Office
- Mac IOS
- Adobe Audition
- Dira Star Track and Highlander
- Final Cut Pro
- Audio Slideshows
- Burli News
- Video Capturing, Filming, Editing
- Digital Photography
SOCIAL MEDIA SKILLS
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
MA Broadcast Journalism (Merit), University of Sheffield 2013
BA English Language and Literature (2.1), University of Sheffield 2011
NCTJs Grade As in News Reporting, Essential Media Law, Media Court Reporting, Essential Public Affairs 2012
Contact Emily directly on here if you are interested to commission her for freelance work. She is available to work in radio, television and online. Seeking paid commissions in music journalism including writing, radio programme production and presenting.
NEW BAND UP NORTH SUBMISSIONS
Emily is always on the hunt for new music of any genre so please send your sounds to her via Twitter or SoundCloud. Currently Emily is writing her column New Band Up North for The Guardian so in particular wants to hear from acts making music in the North of England.