2013
02.27

ABOUT/CV

Hello!

I am a writer and freelance journalist based in the United Kingdom, with experience in many facets of print and digital content creation. You can browse examples of my published work here, or find out more about me on this page.

Please feel free to contact me regarding commissions, employment or other opportunities. You can e-mail me at the address below, or connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Thanks for visiting!

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Andrew McDonald

Tel: +44 (0) 79191 87679
E-mail: andrewmcdonald90@hotmail.co.uk
Website: http://www.andypmcdonald.com

English and Journalism Studies graduate, journalist and content creator. 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, second class, upper division (2:1).

—— Key Skills ——

Journalistic and Writing Abilities

  • Extensive experience as a freelance news and features journalist, having contributed to magazines, newspapers and digital formats.
  • Creative copywriter able to turn a hand to various subjects.
  • Thoroughly conscientious control of English language and grammar, with experience in subediting and proofreading.
  • Awareness of newsworthiness and responsible reporting in relation to accuracy and legality.

Computing, Networking and Design

  • Content management systems, social media, YouTube, search engine optimisation.
  • Office, design and audiovisual software including Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere.
  • Proficient touch-typist.

Organising and Team Leading

  • Experience in an editorial role, offering advice, feedback and support to contributors.
  • Former president of a large University of Stirling society, which involved leading a committee, organising regular events, maintaining relationships with union officials, managing monetary accounts and taking responsibility for students’ welfare.
  • Achieved multiple awards for personal efforts and those of my team.

—— Work History ——

Playboy – 2016 – present

  • Freelance gaming journalist for Playboy. Commissioned to write feature articles.

Vice – 2015 – present

  • Freelance gaming journalist for Vice. Commissioned to write feature articles.

Ericsson (Red Bee Media) – 2014 – present

  • Subtitler for the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and UKTV among others.
  • Creating and editing copy for presentation to a nationwide audience, including research, transcription and live television work using specialist software.
  • Creating and editing cultural and informative content for in-house magazine.
  • Assisting in the training of new members of staff, reviewing the work of my peers and organising student visits.

Future Publishing – 2014 – present

  • Contributor to Future Publishing’s Official Nintendo Magazine and Kotaku titles.
  • Commissioned to write news, guides and feature articles that allow for interaction and discussion between readers.
  • Average readership of 18,743 (ABC circulation statistics). My online articles have reached audiences of over 100,000 through viral sharing.

Team Rock – 2014 – present

  • Freelance news reporter for Team Rock, including online content for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines.
  • Also involved in proofreading, archiving and office shift work.

Dark Arts Ltd – 2012 – present

  • Completed a self-sourced, self-funded internship in London office of Terrorizer magazine (circulation of 9,217).
  • Assisted in production through transcription, subediting, design, copywriting, interviews and clerical tasks.
  • Continue to contribute as a freelance writer, covering local and foreign events, including on-site reports, reviews and features.

Rock Sound – 2012 – 2013

  • Freelance reviews and features journalist for the magazine (circulation of 14,227).

Brig – 2011 – 2012

  • Music editor of the University of Stirling’s student newspaper.
  • Helped to develop the skills of student writers and maintained relationships with PR groups.
  • Upheld the quality of my section and created pages in InDesign.

The Clydebank Post – 2007 – 2008

  • Contributed articles to newspaper, including coverage of local events and reviews.

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