Portfolio

Ernest Hemingway once remarked, “my aim is to put down on paper what I see, and what I feel in the best and simplest way”. That, I believe, is the task of any journalist.

I have always been interested in the news, how it breaks and how it is conveyed to the public.  I want to be part of the news and be involved in the coverage of important news stories as they break.  I am looking for a career that is diverse, dynamic and challenging.  After much research, discussion and reinforcement through work experience, journalism is the career that I want to succeed in.  I want a career where I can report, rather than receive.

My love affair with writing began at the age of six, when I wrote my first novel entitled Edward the Elephant, although yet to be published, it was evident then, and still is now that I love to write.  I am passionate about the English language and the way it can be used to influence and educate.  An English and Philosophy degree taught me the skills to analyse critically, research and collate information, argue soundly, present both sides of an argument validly and form opinions without bias, skills central to any budding journalist.

I am currently studying a PGDip in Magazine Journalism at Cardiff University. I have written for RealTravel magazine, Buzz, ChoonOnline and StartingUniversity.

In March – April, I will be spending two weeks at Trail Magazine and following this, I will be working at Lonely Planet Magazine in May.

Skills:

Co-editor of course magazine, re:new

NCTJ Shorthand at 100 wpm

Trained in InDesign and Photoshop

Trained in Media Law and Public Administration

Aware of importance of Web 2.0 tools for the journalist. Competent user of Twitter, Facebook and Delicious.

Able to work on multiple platforms; edit film and sound for the web, write for online, feature and news writing, use CMS and create pod and vodcasts.

I love the outdoors – running, hiking, bungy jumping, skydiving, ice climbing and just generally being out in the air. I love to travel. I love to read. I love red wine. I love the sea.

If you want to know anymore about me visit my profile on LinkedIn or Tweet me at @RuthHarrison

2 responses to “Portfolio

  1. Hi there…as you hav probably guessed by my email I work at OYBike a just read your article.

    Thank you for your comments and for doing an article on our system.

    Unfortunately Cardiffs elements aren’t the best for cycling but we are hoping to see an increase in the spring and summer months and hope to have a much larger system in operation by then.

    Your article is really well written and has all the correct information (which rarely happens with our product!).

    If you would like any more info now or in the future please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will do our best to help you.

    Once again many thanks,

    Adam

    • Hi Adam,

      Sorry about the late response to this message – I was struck down with the lurgy. I am really pleased that you thought my article was well written and, above all accurate.

      Thanks for getting in touch and letting me know.

      Best,

      Ruth

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