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Deirdre Wallace

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Full name Deirdre Wallace
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Experienced editor, reporter, photographer and broadcaster with four years experience in the publications industry. Possesses excellent written, interpersonal and communications skills with strong project management experience. Confident and skilled interviewer.

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing, Sub-editing, Picture editing, Photography, Radio
Last updated 03-09-2012 11:19

Biography

Reporter and Communications Officer, South London Business, Croydon October 2011-July2012
Responsible for producing a 44-page bimonthly business magazine - www.slbmagazine.co.uk, producing media coverage for nine business awards programmes and copywriting all marketing material. Key responsiblites included:

• Developing, writing and sourcing content, editing and proofreading articles
• Taking photos for features and regulars and providing creative direction for the magazine
• Implementing a media plan for the business awards programme and delivering a wide range of coverage, as well as producing the South London Business awards souveneir brochure
• Developing and delivering the company’s communications and social media strategies
• Responsible for all media and social media monitoring and posting content on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube pages
• Producing and copywriting all marketing material.

Freelance Editor, Paddington Arts, London September-October 2011
http://reeltalkmag.com/

The job entailed setting up the systems to produce an online magazine - Reel Talk, for young people in the creative arts industry. Recruiting a team of young people to help produce the magazine and held a series of writing workshops to empower young people to carry on the magazine.

Editor, Reporter and Photographer July 2008 – May 2011
London Borough of Newham Responsible for producing content and project managing nine monthly In Focus community newsletters
and providing and sourcing news and features for the fornightly Newham Mag. Key responsibilities included:

• Developing, writing and sourcing content, editing and proofreading articles
• Taking photos for news, feature articles, press releases and the web
• Writing copy for other communications media, including websites and brochures
• Liaising with councillors, council officials, residents and community groups
• Line managing two assistant media officers.

Media/Promotions Officer August 2007 – June 2008
London Borough of Newham
Key member of busy council press team, responsibilities included:

• Dealing with media enquiries, both regional and national
• Writing press releases and preparing media plans and campaigns
• Arranging interviews and press launches
• Writing the script for a daily online news bulletin and a regeneration tour script
• Organising bespoke regeneration tours and acting as a tour guide for these tours

Radio Producer/Presenter/Researcher April 2007 – November 2008
Bang FM 103.6FM, London www.bangradio.fm
Worked as a part-time radio producer/presenter on Bang FM (formerly Life FM) on a world music
and culture show called Tracks, producing and presenting over 60 shows. This entailed:

• Researching content and sourcing interesting guests from famous artists to local residents
• Producing jingles, promos and creating packages including reviews and interviews
• Writing scripts, programming and sourcing music for the playlist
• Liaising with PR companies and record labels to arrange giveaways, press passes and interviews with artists
• Managing the desk: checking the sound levels and quality of all audio sources
• Editing and podcasting each show, maintaining Myspace, travel blog page and Facebook group

Radio Reporter for BBC Step Up programme June 2008 – July 2008
BBC Radio London
Successfully completed three month mentoring project, working alongside industry experts and covering
all aspects of radio broadcasting. This entailed:

• Originating and researching ideas for radio packages
• Establishing a production plan and working with a partner to collect audio and produce audio package
• Interviewing subjects and editing audio to create final report package
• Final audio aired on BBC London Drivetime and Claudia Winkelmann’s arts show on BBC Radio 2

English Teacher Jan 2002 – August 2007
Taught English as a foreign language at institutes in London, Japan, Chile and Ecuador, preparing students for examinations, equipping business people with skills for working overseas and monitoring students’ progress.

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