Andy McDonald

E-mail: andrewmcdonald90@hotmail.co.uk

I am an English and Journalism Studies graduate of the University of Stirling with experience in journalism, editing, video production and digital content.

I have provided material for a number of print and online publications. I pride myself on being an articulate, insightful and interesting writer as well as a responsible, confident and committed worker.

— Education —

University of Stirling – 2008 – 2012

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Studies and Journalism Studies (2:1)

— Skills —

  • Strong knowledge of English language and grammar.
  • Social media, YouTube, content management systems and SEO.
  • Office, design and audiovisual software, including Photoshop, Premiere and InDesign.
  • Ability to work independently or organise within a team.
  • Car owner with full, clean licence.

— Work History —

BBC – 2019 – 2023

  • Freelance videographer and writer for BBC The Social.
  • The role involves writing articles and scripts, on-screen presentation and editing footage, as well as assisting at events.
  • My work has been featured on the home page of the BBC website.

Ericsson (Red Bee Media) – 2014 – present

  • Subtitler for the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and UKTV among others.
  • Creating transcripts for presentation to a nationwide audience, including research, proofing and live television work using specialist software – everything from BBC News to Game of Thrones.
  • Creating and editing cultural and informative content for in-house magazine.
  • Assisting in the training of new members of staff, reviewing the subtitles of my co-workers and organising student visits.

Dark Arts Ltd – 2012 – 2018

  • Completed a self-sourced music journalism work experience in the London office of Terrorizer magazine.
  • Assisted in production through transcription, subediting, design, copywriting, interviews and clerical tasks.
  • Continued to contribute as a freelance writer, covering local and foreign events, including on-site reports, reviews and features.

Brig – 2011 – 2012

  • Music editor of the University of Stirling’s student newspaper.
  • Helped to develop the writing skills of student contributors and maintained relationships with PR groups.
  • Decided on monthly themes with other editors.
  • Created the pages of the music section in InDesign.

Other Writing Credits – 2008 – present

  • Vice
  • Playboy
  • Official Nintendo Magazine
  • Kotaku
  • Team Rock
  • Rock Sound
  • The Clydebank Post

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