I joined the Northern Scot newspaper as a senior reporter in 2007, and gained promotion to chief reporter in August 2010. As well as delegating duties to other journalists, I regularly covered Moray Council meetings, Elgin Sheriff Court and public events along with bringing in off diary stories. In addition to writing copy for the newspaper, I also produced and uploaded articles to the website. In 2016 the newspaper introduced a page templating system, meaning I was subbing my own articles, other people’s copy, creating headlines and inserting photographs directly onto the page. My achievements during my time at the Northern Scot include writing many exclusives, being named reporter of the year at the Scottish Provincial Press awards 2014 and playing a full part in the editorial team praised for the Save RAF Lossiemouth campaign.
I am a confident, conscientious individual with a background in journalism and public relations, seeking a fresh and exciting new challenge,
Working as a reporter means I can analyse complex information from different sources and present it in an accurate and understandable way. Also, I am able to communicate with people with diverse backgrounds, who can often be highly emotional including grieving relatives and those who are feeling angry or upset. I manage people's expectations by helping them understand what I can or cannot do for them.
My role as deputy press officer at RAF Kinloss gave me valuable experience working within a large government department. I regularly escorted journalists and camera crews on the base for media events and photo calls I organised. Topics ranged from fundraising activities to preparations for deployment, and arranged with the aim of showing the contributions personnel made locally, nationally and internationally.
The major incident media handling strategy had to be put into action when one of our Nimrod aircraft crashed while deployed to Afghanistan in September 2006, killing all those on board. As well as dealing with the media in a calm and professional manner in the immediate aftermath of the incident, along with my colleagues I organised a press facility for the repatriation ceremony. I was also heavily involved in preparations for the memorial service, which was attended by bereaved relatives, service personnel, local politicians, members of the public and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Living and working in Moray means I have managed to forged good relationships with councillors, politicians and others within the community. I also have a good understanding of the area, its people and their opinions.
I studied successfully with the Open University, gaining my degree in 2009. I did this while working and raising a family as a single parent. I believe this shows my determination and ability to prioritise.
I applied for voluntary redundancy from the Northern Scot in autumn 2017. The company cut journalism jobs during a restructuring of the business, and I felt it was the right time for me to leave. While some may judge my decision negatively, I saw it as an opportunity. Since then I have completed a course on writing for the internet and established my own business. Additionally, I have been able to give time and support to friends and family who have experienced personal difficulties,
I am now revitalised and excited to take the next step in my career.