Gemma Louise Hirst



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Personal Statement

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 2014November 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 2014November 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

Sunderland University:

BA Journalism degree 2:1

References are available on request.