Gemma Louise Hirst
Online Portfolio: https://gemmahirst.journoportfolio.com/
I am a Journalism Graduate from the University of Sunderland (2.1), determined to gain and excel through a career in PR, Marketing and feature writing.
With a wealth of experience spanning across six years of journalism, I had a multitude of articles published in print and online, covering everything from community news to fashion and lifestyle.
I also have created my own blog, Gemma’s Journey, which I update regularly with tales from my path into journalism as well as some culture on the side.
I pride myself in attention to detail and know that the skills I have attained and developed during my journalism career thus far would make a positive impact to your company.
Journalism Experience 2015-2018
Work Experience with Marketing Cheshire October- December 2017
Work Experience with Venue Cymru 16th-19th May 2017
Work Experience with ITV Tyne Tees 28th- 30th April 2016
Work Experience with Liverpool Echo and Southport Visiter 12th-17th September 2016
Work Experience with Leicester Mercury 10th-15th October 2016
Work Experience with Hexham Courant in June 2015
Work Experience with Johnston Press North East June 2015-July 2015
Work Experience with Hexham Courant in October 2011
Writing Experience 2013-2018
Festival Blogger for Live Theatre Live Lab Elevator February 2017
Culture Editor Kettle Magazine Jan 2016-September 2016
Theatre Correspondent Kettle Magazine July 2015-Jan 2016
Writer for Engage Magazine April 2014–November 2014
Writer for Career Camel June 2014- November 2015
Writer for Shutter Magazine July 2014- November 2014
Writer for Eat More Cake July 2014- March 2015
Head Writer of NEMS March 2014- November 2014
Writer for Kettle Magazine Jan 2014- July 2015
Writer for NE:MM Jan 2014- October 2014
Reported for Student Review Magazine January 2012 – 2014
Reporter for Spark Sunderland September 2013- May 2016
Writer for Fashion North September 2013- May 2016
Reporter for SR News September 2013-May 2016
Reviewing Experience 2011-2018
Reviewer for Vulture Hound Magazine April 2014– November 2015
Reviewer The Review Hub March 2014-Jan 2016
Reviewer for FATEA Magazine 2013- October 2015
Reviewer for Northern Lights September 2013- May 2016
Selected for the “Evening Chronicle” Young Reviewers Competition 2012/13, 18th April 2012 to April 2014
Juice Festival Press Gang (in conjunction with New Writing north) 6th June 2012 – March 2015
North East reviewer for The Good Review 6th June 2012- March 2015
Voluntary Experience 2013-2018
Young Reviewer Ambassador for Oddsocks Young Reviewer Scheme May 2017
Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums Volunteer for History Pin March 2017- April 2017
Front Of House / Marketing Team, Voluntary Role with Northern Stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 27th July-24th August 2014.
BBC Radio Newcastle- Regional Audience Panel Member 2013-October 2016
Runner @ BBC Look North Children In Need Event 2013 at Hexham
BBC The Great North Passion Event 2013 at South Shields- Worked with BBC Radio Newcastle and Spark FM interviewing the public and creating vox pops
In my spare time, I like to go to the theatre and write in my latest blog, I love engaging in North East Arts and Culture. I completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award where I received a bronze certificate. I was awarded a Bronze Arts Award with Newcastle Gateshead Initiative as part of Juice Festival. I used to be a dancer and performed in my dance shows as part of Feet First Dance group in Prudhoe and Hexham.
Education & Qualifications
BA Journalism degree 2:1
References are available on request.